People’s Party (PP) has named Member of Parliament for Mangochi Monkey Bay, Ralph Jooma as its new vice president and former energy minister Ibrahim Matola has been confirmed as its secretary –general.
The party has however not filled the position of vice president (south), saying the leadership is making “consultations.”
Previous holder of PP vice president (south), Brown Mpinganjira resigned from the party and secretary-general Paul Maulidi was expelled following a fall-out with the party’s leadership.
Matola has been acting in his position but was waiting for the endorsement by the party’s national executive council.
Matola who once served as minister energy during the PP’s two-year term has since pledged to help reposition and strengthen the party in order to reclaim power from Democratic Progressive Party’s administration.
He joined PP after defecting from UDF where he was parliamentary leader.
Meanwhile, PP spokesman Ken Msonda has said the party will compete in the forthcoming byelections.
The elections will be conducted in five wards which include Luchenza Ward in Luchenza Municipal Council, Zomba Central Ward in Zomba City Council, Msikisi Ward in Mangochi Town Council, Chibanja Ward in Mzuzu City Council and Khwawa Ward in Karonga District Council.
Other major parties such as the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), United Democratic Front (UDF) and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) have also confirmed their participation in the elections.