UDF censure Lucius Banda as defiant MP says Mutharika will be exposed as ‘disillusioned and deluded’

United Democratic Front (UDF) says it regrets several misleading statements made against the party by Balaka North Member of Parliament (MP) Lucius Banda in the media in the recent times.

UDF MP and music kingpin Lucius Banda with President Mutharika : Banda says Mutharika is “misguided and ill-advised

Ndanga: Truth be told, Lucius Banda was part of the establishing the DPP-UDF working relationship

Party spokesman Ken Ndanga was reacting to Banda’s attack to President Peter Mutharika over  remarks on Saturday when he said the UDF and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) alliance would continue despite opposition from “one misguided” MP.

Banda accused President Mutharika of being “misguided and ill-advised”.

He also claimed that as a UDF MP and the party’s leader in the House at the time the coalition was agreed upon, he had never seen or been presented with a signed document cementing a working union between the DPP and UDF.

But UDF spokesman Ndanga has said Banda is walking away from the truth, saying he was party to the birth of the two political parties’ working relationship.

“It is a fact that Hon. Lucius Banda, was involved in all the decisions and discussions that led to the current working relationship between the UDF party and the Democratic Progressive Party, DPP,” Ndanga said in a statement made available to Nyasa Times.

He said Banda accepted to be leader of the UDF in parliament with the support of the party president, Atupele Muluzi.

“It should be noted that this is not an elected position but one appointed by the leader of the party. His acceptance of the role was a clear indication of his understanding and support of the relationship with the DPP, despite his choice to remain in the opposition benches,” Ndanga said.

He said the UDF as party has tolerated the” increasingly disruptive and conduct” of Banda, in the spirit of democracy and the core principles of the party.

“His continued negative comments to the media against his own party cannot further be tolerated being a member of the National Executive Committee of the party.

“His statements against the party and its leadership in the media have the potential to bring disunity in the party which is very unfortunate,” Ndanga said.

UDF said the distorted perspective that he offered about the relationship between the UDF and the DPP appears to be “simply cheap political advantage.”

Ndanga said UDF having accepted Banda back into the party following his foray with the People’s Party, the parliamentarian “has no moral ground to suggest that he is more UDF that the many members who have remained loyal to the party since its inception. “

Reads the statement: “The UDF’s support of Hon. Lucius Banda has been unbending and as such the party is saddened by these events.

The party therefore, humbly advises Hon.Lucius Banda, to be honest and sincere remembering that he is a servant of his constituency and the party.”

The party said it will always open its doors for Banda to present his grievances to the party by “observing decorum” as opposed to the media.

“The UDF party shall then make appropriate decisions on the same,” Ndanga said.

UDF said it will continue with the critical work of rebuilding a strong and united party.

Party secretary general Kandi Padambo also insisted that the DPP-UDF coalition still existed.

But Banda  laughed off the UDF statement,  saying it was a joke as he was informed  during the party caucus of an already made decision.

He is defiant, saying President Mutharika should desist from commenting on two political parties’ working relationship because it does not exist “lest he is exposed as someone who is misguided, disillusioned and deluded.”

He slammed Mutharika for addressing a non-issue instead of talking about matters that people are concerned about.

“For example, the President should have told the people of Mangochi about what his government is doing about the case of Mangochi’s favourite son Issa Njaunju who was brutally and mercilessly murdered in the line of duty while serving in the President’s administration.

“Or, the President should have updated the people on how his government intends to revive the Greenbelt Initiative, of which Mangochi was supposed to be a primary beneficiary.  There are more many key issues that the President could, and should have addressed in Mangochi other than the fantasy that is the DPP/UDF Coalition,” Banda said.

Banda has refused to be part of the coalition since its inception, describing it “unreasonable.”

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bimbi
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The actual likongwe katsitsa dzaye kuti Lusias akwiyire DPP ndi his past arrest and removal from position of MP in the privious term due to forged MSCE saga. Simunavomerezebe kulakwa kwanu a Lusiyasi? To go deeper chinachititsa kuti DPP imuchotsetse pampando Lusiyasi musaiwale a Malawi ndi choti Lusias moved a motion in Parliament to impeach Bingu atavala suit yake yofiira ndipo debate ya motion imeneyo inavuta kwambiri George Nga Mtafu anapsa mtima ndi kunena a nduna za boma a galu inu, chotsatira chake speaker wa Mzeru kwambiri Rodwell Munyenyembe was highly affected and died in parliament in front of all… Read more »
Katakwe
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hahaha Che Lucius. talks too much u Know Atupele very well bwanji ngati pali issue osamuuza call him and talk to him. pali hidden agenda APA, koma ndikuuzeni Ku convention with support mukufuna kukapemoha dollar kwa Bushiri muyaluka ndipo akuyalutsani. for how long will u b used??? Peter and Bingu r different. and ananenanso kuti amzake a Bingu siamzake meaning kuti adani a Bingu siadani ake. I respect ur decision to remain in Opposition Benches as well as the party showed it. but pakakhala vuto don’t rush to he media show maturity President analakwitsa kukamba nkhani zimwnezo but soldier akanaonetsa… Read more »
MyOpinion
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I listened to Dausi, Ndanga and one political commentator last week end on ZBS. What came out clear is that both parties could not straight forward say anything tangible about their agreement prospectively and retrospectively. It was clear that they both failed to articulate what they stand for in their working relationship. However the political commentator was factual and articulate on how DPP is benefiting at the expense of UDF. I feel sorry of UDF, the party I helped to campaign for in 1994 while at the college. That time the party was listening to advice from different quarters including… Read more »
Chipani Changa
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Bwana Ndanga zitayeni zamabodza izo mupusa nazo. This party is for us who love it and always voted for it before. Hon. Lucius Banda is totally wrong through his using the media in saying how the UDF is to be governed, but his points are politically right. The President was also wrong in singling him (LB) out as resisting the union, worse-off on a public function like that. I appeal with you and the UDF NEC to grant him and other like-minded people a platform where they can be heard. The party has been swallowed by a big snake and… Read more »
mbanonga
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Not all agreements require documentation for them to be legally binding.
An example is marriage. Some marriages do not have any
paperwork but still partners live for many years. A marriage partner may take his/her
fellow to court if anything goes wrong and the court may not require document to effectits
its verdict by just looking at facts presented and circumstances.
Ndi zotheka khukhala pa mgwirizano koma osalemberana chirichonse. That’s ok with
UDF/DPP political marriage. I think Hon Lucius Banda hates DPP government since
the MSCE saga occurred which landed him in custodial sentence at Zomba Maximum Prison

J Hassan
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Keep the fire burning Hon L Banda, anthu amakukonda ukamalakwisa and amadana nawe ukamakonza you said it already in one of your songs.

mzyanya
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kkkk it is the same Atupele who owns the party ,it is the same Atupele whose father started the party kkkkk dzuka Malawi dzuka.No wonder this country will not develop with such shallow minds!!

mkanthamachiyani
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Lucius Banda is right. Anthu mukudana ndi chilungamo bwanji isaaaa.

Alex Chaponda
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Please do not be cheated by these UDF politicians. Apawo ndi mizu yakachere akumana pansi. What UDF is doing is to get back its leadership from DPP and i can foresee that working in the shortest period. Atupele is the next president, wina afune asafune. My simple political analysis shows that some members from UDF joined DPP as study materials and report to UDF party the insights of DPP administration and Lucius is the one behind this connectivity. Thumb up UDF!!!

Atcheya
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UDF has already forgotten that the sole reason that DPP was formed, was to deal away with UDF, likely to kill it. It is really strange now that the two could become bedfellows. Is UDF so myopic that it can’t see that DPP is still trying to sink it? What has UDF benefitted from the alliance than Atupele getting a ministerial post, his father being accorded better treatment and one or two faces as members of parastatal boards? Even if Lucius was part of the initial agreement, any reasonable man would change his mind when he realizes that he made… Read more »
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