5 more MPs go back to DPP from PP

Five more Members of Parliament have returned to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Nyasa Times has learnt

After the sudden death of president Bingu wa Mutharika, many MPs left the former ruling party of DPP and joined President Joyce Banda’s People’s Party (PP).

But of late the legislators have been going back to their original party.

The latest to go back to DPP are Steve Kamwendo (Ntcheu Bwanje North), Lucious  Kanyumba (Ntcheu Bwanje South), Everton Chimulirenji (Ntcheu North East), Damson Chimalira  (Ntcheu South) and Assani Lipande (Ntcheu North).

Ntcheu has seven MPs. The other two have remained in the governing party are Deputy Education Minister Chikumbutso Hiwa and second deputy speaker of parliament Jones Chingola.

Kanyumba: Back to DPP?

DPP secretary general Wakuda Kamanga confirmed that the party is welcoming the prodigal lawmakers.

“We will be welcoming our MPs back and there are many other who will be coming back,” he said.

Kamanga said DPP will formally welcome the ‘returnees’ on August 26 at a rally to be held in the Mangochi.

He disclosed that some MPs who have returned to DPP include Herbert Bimphi (Ntchisi North), Fredrick Kamwangala (Lilongwe North West) and Geoffrey Mbuzi (Ntchisi North East).

The other MPs are George Namatumbo of Chiradzulu West and Kasungu West’s Otria Moyo Jere.

Mzimba South East MP Rabson Shaba also announced his return to DPP, saying he went to PP because he was confused during Bingu’s funeral.

They MPs want to escape the dreaded Section 65, a controversial law that regulates lawmakers from joining another party represented in parliament or outside, other than the one that sponsored their candidature.

They fear the Speaker could declare their seats vacant for crossing the floor-joining another party.

This kind of political prostituting by the MP has angered many electorates who say their representatives are taking them for granted.

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