Firebrand politician-cum-evengalist Brown Mpinganjira, has taken over as acting president of former ruling People’s Party (PP) during Malawi’s first female president, Joyce Banda abscence.
It is now over three months since Banda left the country for her international engagements.
Her PR officier Andekuche Chanthunya said Banda was continuing with her “philanthropy tour of duty”.
He says the former President was still attending to various international engagements, including some related to the Joyce Banda Foundation International (JBFI) Africa Initiative.
PP spokesman Ken Msonda said disclosed that Mpinganjira is now in charge of the party – in the interim capacity – and that PP has also a new secretary general Ibrahim Matola.
“Joyce Banda is still abroad and the party is now being run by Veep Brown Mpinganjira ,” Msonda said as quoted by Malawi24.
Banda is expected to return early next year.
Meanwhile, Mpinganjira is tasked with responsibility of rebuilding the party which had een in power for two years of Banda’s rule after the death of president Bingu wa Mutharika in office.
Mpinganjira, has wealth of political experience. He served years of detention under the one-party dictatorship and helped in the formation of the United Democratic Front (UDF) where he served in various ministerial positions under President Bakili Muluzi . He then broke with Muluzi when he was prosecuted on corruption charged which he was cleared by the courts and formed his own party, the National Democratic Alliance(NDA).
In the 2004 presidential election, Mpinganjira placed fourth, receiving only 8.7% of the vote. The party managed to contribute a number of Members of Parliament to the National Assembly among them Billy Kaunda and Mpinganjira himself. Mpinganjira later dissolved the NDA and rejoined UDF.
He joined PP as founding treasure general but lost at the party’s convention but was later coopted to position of vice president after Sidik Mia dumped PP.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :