Minister of Transport andf Public Infrastructure, Jappie Mhango who is also member of parliament for ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for Rumphi North, has said he will not join the ‘Northern Block’ grouping formed to push fir share share of national cake.
The ‘Northern Block’ has been formed after the MPs noted that North Malawi is sidelined in terms of development.
Nyasa Times first reported about the group that is being chaired by Rumphi East MP for Peoples Party (PP), Kamlepo Kalua. He has confirmed the development.
But Mhango said he will not party to”senseless things.”
He said: “ I am not joing this senseless things. I belong to DPP and we will push for development within the ruling party.”
Mhango,who is also DPP campaign director, said the Parliementray group has no clear objective.
Kalua said the bloc will focus on development that have to benefit the northern region and said MPs and other stakeholders can exercise their freedom of association to be party or not.
Accoridng to Kalua, the ‘northern block’ is not a new initiative, saying late Aleke Banda introduced the matter during the parliament cycle of 2004 to 2009.
“We are only continuing where Aleke left,” said Kalua.
Previously the bloc was called Northern Region Parliamentray Caucus with an objective of lobbying and pushing for development projects in the region.
He said the group is not advancing federalism.
Among other members are interim organising secretary Mzimba Hora MP Rev Christopher Mzomera Ngwira, Secretrary General Karonga Central MP Frank Tumpale Mwenefuymbo.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :