MP defects to PP, Ntaba accuses JB of ‘stealing’ salary

Former ruling DPP’s Zomba Changalume MP Grace Maseko has joined the People’s Party (PP), headed by Vice-President Joyce Banda, saying she had opted for the orange party because of its “people centred” principals.

Maseko was fired from DPP alongside three parliamentarians: Thyolo Thava MP Lifred Nawena, Blantyre Rural East MP Henry Phoya and Mzimba South MP Paul Shaba after the MPs voted against the Injunctions Bill in Parliament.

She was introduced to PP supporters on Saturday in Lilongwe by PP director of women Clara Makungwa, who described her as a woman of substance.

Maseko becomes the third officially recognised PP MP after Mzimba West MP Khumbo Kachali and Thyolo North MP Anita Kalinde , all were fired from DPP.

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PP says it has over 20 MP working with it from the DPP.

Meanwhile, presidential spokesman Hetherwick Ntaba has accused the Vice President of “stealing” public funds through  receiving a salary while attacking the same  government in her political podiums.

Ntaba said government “should be suing her of stealing public funds”  by working for her opposition PP while e serving as the country’s second-in command.

But Banda said she is  fulfilling her constitutional duty which she swore to defend during the oath of office.

“ I will not tire to point out any such ills perpetrated by those in power, which adversely affect the people of Malawi politically, socially and economically. It is the constitutional duty that you bestowed upon me when you elected me vice president of this nation,” Banda told her PP rally  in Lilongwe.

“On my inauguration, I swore to uphold and preserve the Republican Constitution and that entails making sure that the Bill of Rights as enshrined in the constitution is respected through government’s provision of people’s life necessities,” she said.

DPP expelled Banda and Kachali last December after they opposed plans to have the president’s brother, Peter Mutharika to inherit power in 2014. They were accused of anti-party activities.

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