Salima Central Member of Parliament Uladi Mussa has declared that he still hold the position of vice president of the erstwhile ruling People’s Party (PP) for the central region and is also its acting president despite the decision by the party to sack him.
The party’s highest decision-making body fired Mussa after he publicly declared that he was taking over the presidency of the party from Joyce Banda, arguing that her tenure had expired.
But Mussa said he has not been officially communicated to about his removal of the position.
“The NEC did not invite me to the September 9 discipilinary meeting. I am still acting president of PP and first vice president. Infact I have not received any communication in writing or even a phone call about the decision of NEC,” Mussa said.
Mussa also said he will contest for the position of president at the PP national convention.
But PP spokesperson Noel Chimpeni maintained that Mussa was fired and that he ris now an ordinary member of the party.
“During the convention the post of vice president was held by Dr Cassim Chilumpha but when he resigned, Uladi Mussa was appointed by the president and the same president has fired him,” he said.
Mussa also ceases to be the party’s parliamentary leader following the dismissal.
He was accused of sowing discord and undermining founding president Joyce Banda’s .
Banda left Malawi soon after losing the presidential election to Peter Mutharika in 2014.
According to Chimpeni, the firing of Mussa is not meant to disable his political career or party membership but is meant to correct behaviour.
“He is free to contest for any leadership position at the convention,” said Chimpeni.
He said: “We expect him to respect the verdict of the party because similar decisions have been made before on other people such as Honourable Mzomera Ngwira and Honourable Khumbo Kachali when he [the latter] was the party leader.”
Things have been falling apart for the erstwhile ruling party since losing the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections and commentators have said the situation is being aggravated with the absence of the party leader.
Banda established PP after her expulsion from DPP in December 2010 alongside Kachali for protesting a succession plan to have Peter Mutharika as Bingu wa Mutharika’s successor. She served as the country’s Vice-President and ascended to the presidency in April 2012 in line with constitutional order after Bingu’s death.
PP was borne from a group initially called Friends of Joyce Banda at the time she was systematically detached from the government system.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :