The opposition Peoples Party (PP) has suspended one of its Parliamentarians, Patrick Makina after he fell out with party leaders in his constituency in Zomba district.
Makina is a legislator for Zomba Ntonya constituency and has been accused of allegedly working with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
PP’s Publicity Secretary Ken Msonda confirmed to Nyasa Times that Makina has been suspended as both party’s parliamentarian and member, pending disciplinary hearing.
“Yes he has been suspended with immediate effect, pending his appearance before the party’s disciplinary committee,” said Msonda.
Msonda said the party decided to take ‘the pain decision’ to suspend Makina just inorder to save its face in the constituency.
“His suspension is to do with his working relationship with party leadership in Zomba Ntonya constituency. I cannot comment further but let the party members in leadership positions be reminded that the party has rules and regulations to be followed and that once elected to positions of leadership we should not forget to work with the party’s grassroots who elected us,” added Msonda.
Msonda has since denied PP is in crisis.
“There’s no crisis,” said the PP spokesman.
There was no immediate comment from Makina as we could not be able to reach him through his mobile phone.
The party’s district and constituency committees have been asking the party to fire Makina for allegedly dumping the party and working with DPP.
Alex Namame, PP secretary for Thondwe, George Gumwa, district party governor and Lucy Katumwa, district women’s governor claimed Makina stopped working with PP officials in his constituency and district long ago.
Makina insisted he is still PP.