MP Manna denies returning to DPP, to contest at PP convention

Dowa East Parliamentarian Bauleni Manna has refuted reports that he has dumped the ruling People’s Party (PP) and rejoined the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

This comes barely one day after Daily Times newspaper reported that Mana who became MP in 2009, is on the list of about 15 MP’s who have returned to DPP after dumping the party immediately after the death of president Bingu wa Mutharika.

Mana said he has no intention of rejoining DPP.

“The reports appearing in the newspaper are not true and I would like to assure all my supporters that I am still PP; I can’t go back to DPP and I will remain PP,” said Manna.

Mwenye: All posts up for grabs

Manna has since announced that he will contest for the position of National Youth Director at the PP convention.

“As I am talking now I am campaigning for the position of PP’s National Youth Director,” Manna told Zodiak Radio’s Sunrise Malawi Programme on Thursday morning.

PP spokesman Ian Mwenye confirmed that Mana was still with PP and has indeed expressed interest to contest at the convention.

Mwenye said  the convention which is slated to take place in Blantyre on August 27 will have an open contest for all positions.

He said all executive positions in the party, including the presidency will be contested at the convention, adding that those interested to contest for the party’s presidency, vice-presidency or other executive positions must pay K50 000, K40 000 or K30 000 application fees, respectively.

MPs returning to DPP have been described as escaping the jaws of the famous Section 65 law.

Opposition political parties headed by DPP and political commentators are pressing Speaker of Parliament Henry Chimunthu Banda to implement the anti-defection law.

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