PP suspends Uladi, presidency reverts to Joyce Banda in exile

An extraordinary national executive committee (NEC) meeting of former ruling People’s Party (PP) has suspended the party’s acting president Uladi Mussa for sowing discord and undermining founding president Joyce Banda’s  authority.

Uladi Mussa say the suspension is illegal- Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

PP spokesperson Noel Chimpeni said the party’s highest decision-making body suspended Mussa  after he publicly declared that he was taking over the presidency of the party from Banda, arguing that her tenure had expired.

He said the party  deliberated the “acts of misconduct” for which Mussa is being accused of are very serious and “breach of party protocol and discipline.”

PP  politburo meeting attended by 30 members of the NEC, the party’s two vice-presidents for North and South, Kamlepo Kalua and Ralph Jooma respectively and some of the party’s lawmakers, accused Mussa of showing “arrogance and defiance”, also bringing the party into disrepute.

Chimpeni said Mussa has only been relied of his  duties as acting PP leader – a post which he was appointed by Banda, who left the country in 2014, and has been in self-imposed exile since.

PP spokesperson said Mussa will continue serving as PP vice-president for Central Region.

He said Mussa  is not immediately out in the cold as he is entitled to be heard at a  disciplinary hearing to be held within 10 days.

According to Chimpeni, the suspension for Mussa is not meant to disable his political career or party membership but is meant to correct behaviour.

In his reaction Mussa said the NEC meeting was illegal, saying there not even a quorum.

”NEC has over 80 people and you cannot just invite a few people and say we have held a NEC meeting and decide to suspended the leaders,” said Mussa.

“If they think they are solving problems with suspending me they will be in for a rude shock ,” he said.

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Hahahahahaha!! yayambika misala tsopano zisankho zikununkhila eeee koma Malawi. Bwanji zikuoneka ngati wina waku lodzanitu, nanga kanthawi komweka mwayiyamba mpaka suspension!!kikkkkkkk kaya tayenazoni.

Mika Kumbire
Kanchenga “Confrontation is going to kill the party” which Party? I thought PP died a long time ago when the founding president decided to abandon it? Uladi is raising a valid point that JB cannot continue leading the party after the expiry of her term in August. The NEC should have met to either choose another interim leader or to ratify JB’s continued leadership by remote control. The sad part is that no one can successfully lead PP since all the money comes from JB. As part of Joyce Banda’s personal estate no other person can lead the party but… Read more »
Bodza la N\'nanu

That’s not a sign of arrogance and defiance. Malawi political stance is so inward looking. Why do we create party leaders or presidents as demigods that nobody can stand against them? Wake up Malawi! Please wake up! Political parties are not personal business.


Mr acting president please humble yourself and say sorry guys I guffed. Let peace rain. Confrontation is going to kill the Party and you will have nothing to lead. You know you are wrong. You didn’t have to ridicule you president the way you did understanding fully why she is not in the country.


Hahaha, Aiaiaiah!!


How come someone you have suspended should continue serving as vice president at regional level?????

Tenzi Mzungu

Which protocol and discipline? The problem here is you want to finish chewing jbs money. The question here is is what Mussa saying is true? From there you can make good decisions. Poverty is dangerous

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