Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has elected Mulanje South West legislator Dr George Chaponda as Leader of Opposition, effectively ousting Kondwani Nankhumwa.
The election took place on Sunday afternoon at DPP leader Peter Mutharika’s PAGE house in Mangochi.
Nankhumwa and his rebel DPP legislators were not invited as they are said to represent “failed leadership.”
Addressing the media after the meeting, Mutharika’s spokesperson, Shadreck Namalomba, said the party has also elected Vuwa Kaunda as Chief Whip and his deputy is Chijere Chirwa.
He said Victor Musowa is now leader of backbenchers and his Deputy is Victoria Kingstone.
According to Namalomba 35 MPs attended the meeting which he claims every member was invited.
Earlier, Nankhumwa threatened to drag opposition Mutharika for holding the meeting without the blessing of the party secretary general Grezelder Jeffrey.
Nankhumwa through his lawyers argue that organizing and attending the meeting is in contempt of a court order which legitimized Nankhumwa’s decisions in parliament.
He has held a number of senior positions in Zambia, including chief executive of a parastatal organisation. From 1984 to 2002, he worked mostly as a senior lawyer for the Office for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Somalia, Kenya, Thailand, Bangladesh, Switzerland, Austria, Poland and Ethiopia. From 2003-2004 he was Chairman of the University Council of the University of Malawi.