DPP MPs linking with me – Joyce Banda

Malawi’s vice president Joyce Banda says  some parliamentarians that are currently serving the ruling DPP are linking up with her to strategise how they can fix the country’s economic woes caused by the “arrogance” of President Bingu wa Mutharika.

“They are so many members on the DPP side that are working with us (People’s Party). I mean I don’t need even to mention their names,” Banda told private radio Capital FM on Thursday.

She disclosed that she had met some of the DPP MPs this week.

Joyce Banda: People's Party interested to fix Malawi problems

“They are members of parliament and they are concerned with what their people are going through,” she said.

The Vice President said there are many DPP MPs that are serving government “but don’t agree with it”.

Asked by Capital FM Straight Talk host, Brian Banda on what agenda she was meeting the DPP MPs, she responded: “Over the situations of the people in their constituencies.”

She added: “They must know some of the cabinet ministers are there but not with them. I mean how I get to know some of the things. They are there but they are aware of the situation on the ground and about the suffering of the people.”

Banda said she is linking up the DPP MPs to discuss matters of national development.

But DPP secretary general Wakuda Kamanga said he is not aware of any MP who is “double-dealing”. He said the party will investigate and discipline the treacherous members.

Convention

Meanwhile, Banda has said People’s Party convention will still go ahead to hold a national convention in June this year to elect party leaders and “map out our way forward.”

The Vice President said she wants leadership contest at PP convention and is prepared to pave way for anyone who would defeat her in the presidential race.

Banda said she would “graciously” hand over the PP leadership the same way wealthy businessman Jimmy Korea Mpatsa founded People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) but lost the leadership to late Aleke Banda at the convention.

“He moved on and he is one of the successful businessmen in Malawi,” said Banda of Mpatsa.

She said People’s Party has over 2.2 million members nationwide now.

“We are counting those that are in our structures. Particularly at grassroots level. They are in our data base,” said Banda.

The church going CCAP member ended her radio interview quoting the Holy Bible in the book of John Chapter 9.

Banda was dismissed from the DPP in December 2010 for apparently for refusing to endorse Peter Mutharika to succeed his brother, President Bingu wa Mutharika after he finishes his second five-year term in 2014.

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