Malawi’s ruling PP to discipline spokesman Msonda for insubordination

The National Executive Committee of the ruling People’s Party  (PP) is going to hold a discplinary meeting for the party’s deputy spokesperson Ken Msonda for refusing to apologise to the nation and the opposiiton Democratic Progressive Party for his ‘war’ remarks.

PP’s acting Secretary General Paul Maulidi told Nyasa Times in an exclusive interview in Mzuzu on Wednesday that Msonda had displayed insubordination of the highest order for being defiant and refusing to apologise fo his war cry statement.

Senior party officials confided to Nyasa Times that the NEC is likely to force Msonda to quit,  saying he had shown arrogance and disrespect of authority.

“We are going to see what we are going to do. NEC will deal with issue once and for all because there is no way a NEC member cannot willy-nilly defy the party like that,” Maulidi said.

Maulidi: Msonda to face insubordination rap
Maulidi: Msonda to face insubordination rap

The controversial deputy publicity secretary accused the DPP of being behind the razing of two houses belonging to PP District Committee members for Mulanje district over the weekend.

Msonda said PP was ready to retaliate as it had all the necessary machinery and resources to revenge and make the former ruling party leadership and its supporters live miserably.

Maulidi had asked Msonda to apologise to the nation for insinuating that President Joyce Banda’s party will engage in a tit-for-tat combat following the incident on its supporters.

On Wednesday , Msonda told Nyasa Times that what Maulidi said about apologising was his opinion hence he could not act.

“It’s not me who said the war remarks. It’s the media that coined that. There is no question of insubordination here and I am not defying anybody,” Msonda said.

He said the DPP should apologise for torching people’s houses and beating people.

“If they continue beating people and torching houses we are going to pin them hard,” Msonda reiterated.

In an earlier interview with Nyasa Times, Maulidi while distancing his party from Msonda’s war cry utterances said the deputy spokesperson made the remarks in his own capacity.

“Mr Msonda owns those remarks because he did not consult anyone more specially my office which speaks on party policy. So he has to make an immediate apology to the nation,” Maulidi told Nyasa Times.

He further said PP does not condone violence even by its followers saying it believes in peaceful co-existence and the rule of law.

But Maulidi’s sentiments are somewhat in sharp contrast with what has been happening on the ground in recent days where PP followers in Karonga and Mzimba, among other districts have engaged in running battles amongst themselves over who to represent them in the party as well as during next year’s polls.

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