Uladi, Jooma demand two PP ministers at meeting with Mutharika

Fired People’s Party (PP) acting president Uladi Mussa, who was also the party’s vice-president responsible for the Central Region, on Sunday night has an audience with President Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace in  Lilongwe on possible political liason with a section of PP members, Nyasa Times understands.

Matola (L) and Jooma : DPP and PP in alliance talks

Mussa was accompanied by PP legislator and spokesman for finance in parliament Ralph Jooma.

Details are emerging that  the two told President Mutharika that they  will refuse to form a working relationship with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) unless two ministers are appointed from PP.

PP has demanded portfolio of Finance, Economic Planning and Development currently held by Goodall Gondwe to be given to Jooma and that Mussa should take the post of Minister of Justice currently held by Samuel Tembenu or Minister of Agriculture  held by Joseph Mwanamvekha.

The meeting between Mutharika  with Mussa and Jooma happened after an afternoon session the President had with PP legislators.

“Unless two PP ministers were appointed in the executive we would not be prepared to help DPP hold on to power,” a senior PP official close to the talks told Nyasa Times.

He said the party is not interested in a looser arrangement with DPP.

“We’re not going to put ourselves in a position where we are supporting a government position from the opposition benches and getting the share of the blame when things go wrong. We  want to come in and help to change the incompetence perception and  be part of the credit when things go right,” said the official.

If it comes that no agreement can be struck, the PP is prepared to sit on the opposition benches.

However, the alliance will exclude PP’s founder Joyce Banda.

Ibrahim Matola the secretary general of PP refused to comment.

PP national executive committee (NEC) fired Mussa from his positions in the party following recommendations made by the party’s disciplinary committee over his sentiments that the party’s president Joyce Banda’s term had expired.

DPP feels like most of the PP members including Mussa and Jooma were founding members of the Mutharika led party.

The DPP  director of elections Kondwani Nankhumwa has been courting PP to bring  on fold his support base in the former ruling party for an alliance.

The DPP-PP alliance will also undermine the importance of United Democratic Front (UDF) led by Minister Atupele Muluzi.

DPP seeks to consolidate southern region vote to fend off support from opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

A latest report by London-based influential intelligence publication  the Africa Confidential  painted a grim picture for DPP in the run up to 2019 elections, saying its administration is riddled with widespread corruption,  nepotism and infighting.

 Africa Confidential is one of the longest-established specialist publications on Africa, with a considerable reputation for being first with in-depth news and analysis on significant political, economic and security developments across the continent.

But government spokesman and Minister of Information and Communications, Nicolas Dausi,  s rejected the report  titled ‘Mutharika’s uncertain future’ as “unfair  and baseless.”

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Santan
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Gwirizanani kumene Dr.Chakwera adzayende moyera. Mbava zokhazokha. You think Malawians are foolish as to vote you back into gaffment????

Wetema Kili
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This is the result of the strong political intelligence machinery which DPP currently enjoys. Recent indication of political fluidity coupled by the unpredictability of current existing alliance with UDF has forced the DPP to cast their alliance net wider. The biggest risk to this type of strategy is that it can easily be foiled by those who feel left out only if they are in majority. I can see this arrangement being by the biggies in the PP who
i may call the owners of the party.

Kanthiti Mzandu
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Mapazi anu nonse kuba basi zakumana mbava

mayeso
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mwayamba kale kunjenjemera chakwera akuwonetsani zakuda chaka chamawa asaaa

Nyaphiri
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Self serving dishonorables

Omex70
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Malawi will never change with these greedy Mps. There are 2 aims of this alliance.
1. An effort to remain in power by APM and DPP. They are spending sleepless nights with electoral reform bills. They know that once electoral laws are changed it will be very difficult for APM to get 51% of the votes cast.
2. An effort on the part of the PP members of parliament to enrich themselves nothing else. The goodness is that Malawians are watching and 2019 is just around the corner when these greedy politicians will be thrown where they belong to.

Joe M
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Nothing strange here, selfish and greedy pple who want to continue exploiting Malawi little resources by clinging to power, these two parties are all known for cash gate. Stupid!!!!!

Toka
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The goodness is that we people from South have agreed not to vote for thieves again this time around and have stopped practising politics of regionalism. MCP we are voting for u wina afune olo asafune.

Toka
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Muphatikizane kumene kuti Chakwera akuthibuleni nonse limodzi. The goodness is that we people from South we have

ANALYST
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Making an alliance for selfish reasons! You cashgate thieves in PP want to join your fathers in DPP?? “The Prince of Thieves” is expanding his kingdom?? Malawi wanga ine – aMalawi dzukani! 2019 is our only chance – lets reclaim our country for the sake of our children

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