Another MP dumps DPP: Penemulungu who was with Bingu before his death now PP

After Member of Parliament for Lilongwe North West Fredrick Kamwangala announced his resignation from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to join Government side in Parliament another Lilongwe legislator has followed suit.

On Monday Member of Parliament (MP) for Lilongwe South Agnes Penemulungu withdrew her membership from DPP and declared that she’s now an independent MP.

Penemulungu officially informed the  Speaker of Parliament Henry Chimunthu Banda in a letter requesting to be allocated a seat on the government side. The Speaker announced on Monday.

Penemulungu grabbed the headlines last year as she was the last person to interact with President Bingu Wa Mutharika at the State House before he died.

Agnes Penemulungu: Bingu died while in a 'meeting' with her
Agnes Penemulungu: Bingu died while in a ‘meeting’ with her

Mutharika, who had been president since 2004, died on April 5, 2012  following a heart attack, the inquiry ruled and that he died while having a meeting with Penemulungu in his office.

After Penemulungu’s appointment, Mutharika was also scheduled to meet former health minister Dr. Jean Kalirani.

He had other scheduled appointments in the afternoon which included Dr. Bruce Munthali, Chief Executive Officer of Tobacco Control Commission and  Bright Mangulama, formerly Director of Public Procurement but was retired at the time.

Others who were expected to meet Mutharika in the afternoon, according to the inquiry findinds, were  Dr. Zikhale Ng’oma,  former Democratic Progressive Party Campaign Director and confidant Chikumbutso Mtumodzi from Ministry of Disability.

Mutharika’s death was celebrated by many Malawians who blamed Mutharika personally for the economic woes, which stemmed ultimately from a diplomatic spat with former colonial power Britain a year ago.

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