People’s Party will rule Malawi for lengthy period- Bagus

Peoples Party (PP) National Organising Secretary Salim Ibrahim Bagus has declared that PP will continue ruling Malawi beyond the next three decades by renewing its mandate through regular elections.

Bagus made the remarks on Thursday when he was featured in Capital Radio’s popular Straight Talk interview programme hosted by Rhodes Msonkho.

Earlier in the programme, Bagus said President Mrs Joyce Banda will rule until the next 12 years as constitutionally mandated but he later extended PP’s leadership period.

Bagus: PP forever

“If other political parties are not careful, PP will rule for the next 30 years,” said Bagus, a former cabinet minister during the Bakili Muluzi reign.

Bagus also downplayed media reports that senior members and cabinet members of PP are not helping the incumbent president in strengthening her party.

“We are assisting the president in any way and we will make sure that everything is in order come 2014” he said.

Convention

On the issue of convention, the PP Organising Secretary said all is set for the parties convention scheduled to take place August 27 in Blantyre to elect office bearers, saying it will be a colourful one and democratic.

Bagus however dodged the question of the actual budget for the convention said the treasure general Brown Mpinganjira is the one in a better position to provide such information.

But rather, he stressed that all the funding is coming from “well wishers”.

Personal

Meanwhile, Bagus, the son of Sekeni Two, T/A Ngabu in Chikhwawa, has revealed that at the convention, he will contest for the same position he holds now in the party of National Organising Secretary.

Bagus also vowed to reclaim his Member of Parliament (MP) for Chikhwawa Central come 2014 claiming he is enjoying maximum support and encouragement from the people of his constituency who turned him down in 2004 and 2009 general elections.

The 46 year-old politician also revealed that PP will hold primary elections in all the constituencies to give its members an opportunity to select parliamentary candidates they believe will help them.

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