Nkhata Bay Central MP Ralph Mhone has accused the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) top leadership of stopping him from attending the official opening of new Nkhata Bay Hospital.
Mhone said this on Wednesday in parliament when he was contributing to the K1.1 trillion national budget debate.
“This country is a democratic country, we fought for this democracy. It was undemocratic for the DPP leadership to bar me from attending the opening ceremony,” said Mhone who is also a lawyer.
Mhango did not however name those who sent messages stopping him from attending the function.
The hospital is in the MP’s area.
DPP leaders who are also cabinet ministers were in the House when Mhone made the allegations but did not make any comment except for a DPP legislator who asked Mhone to bring evidence of his allegations.
During the opening ceremony, DPP secretary general Ecklen Kudontoni accused Mhone of distributing Peoples Party materials and discouraging people from attending the opening ceremony just a day before the function.
“He was seen telling people not to come here Your Excellency but he has failed, as you can see many people have turned up,” he said.
In his speech, President Peter Mutharika said Symon Vuwa Kaunda was the next legislator for the area in 2019.
Kaunda is presidential aide and former MP for the area.
Back in parliament, peace returned to the 193 strong House as members of parliament debated on the national budget. This was a different scenario from Wednesday when MPs refused to participate in the debate until the government gave the K3 million in loans to each one of them.
On Wednesday, when parliament started at 2pm, it was all business and 10 parliamentarians have so far contributed to the debate.
Those who contributed included the vocal Rumphi east Kamlepo Kalua and Balaka east MP Patricia Shanil Dzimbiri, former wife to former president Bakili Muluzi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :