Member of Parliament for Lilongwe North West Fredrick Kamwangala on Friday announced his resignation from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to join Government side in Parliament.
In his letter presented in Parliament, Kamwangala said he has decided to withdraw from DPP after soul-searching to join the government.
Second Deputy Speaker, Julian Mphande read Kamwangala’s letter of defection in the absence of the legislator.
She announced that Kamwangala would like to work as an independent and that he was asking for re-location to the government side.
Speaking in an interview, DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi said it signifies the constitution requirements especially section 65 that is not working, hence Members are free to leave parties that sponsored them and join any other.
“The party will sit down to see how we can approach the matter as this is the last sitting of Parliament,” said Dausi, adding, “We will see what people of Khongoni will say.”
He emphasized that it was the same constitution that gave members of parliament the right to join any party at any time they wished to do so.
Leader of the House Henry Phoya said as Government they were warmly welcoming Kamwangala to the government side and that they looked forward to working together with him.
“We will work together with him as we continue the process of uplifting the welfare of Malawians through the support that they give to various developmental agenda in the house,” said Phoya.
Meanwhile parliament has been adjourned to Monday afternoon.--Malawi News Agency