Peoples Party (PP) acting president Uladi Mussa has expressed his interest to contest for the party’s president at the yet to be announced convention, a move that will see him replace former president Joyce Banda who is self- imposed exile in South Africa .
In an exclusive interview with Nyasa Times on Thursday, Mussa said his expression of interest follows the expiring of Banda’s tenure and that there is no any sign that the former Malawi president will come back home soon.
“As per our constitution, the party needs to call for a convention every five years. Now, from August 28, 2012 since Dr Banda was elected president, you will see that her term if office expired on August 29 this year which means she needs to seek fresh mandate to continue leading the party. As such, I would like to express my interest to contest at the convention,” he said.
However, he expressed reservation if Banda will come back soon to contest at the convention, saying “based on our chats, it shows that she is not coming back home any time soon.”
Mussa disclosed that his political relationship with JB is not cordial.
The PP acting president said he is ready to face any completion at the convention.
However, PP spokesperson Noah Chimpeni accuses Mussa of making rush decision on his desire to contest at the party convention before the National Executive Committee (NEC) decides the date of the same.
“As a party we still recognizes JB as the president and Mussa as the one acting on her behalf. She is the one who is financialy assisting the party so until the NEC comes up with the date then he should hold back his desire to contest for the party’s presidency,” he said.
But Mussa said her assistance to the party is always welcome as it is the case with others parties in the country which get assistance from their founders and patrons.
Banda has been living in self-imposed exile since she lost to President Peter Mutharika in the 2014 election and appointed Mussa as acting PP president.
Since then, Mussa has been conduction political rallies national wide in a bid to streagthen the party which has seen its top leaders quitting.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :