Former ruling People’s Party (PP) vice president for the central region, Uladi Mussa has said people should not expect him to defect to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Uladi, known in politics as ‘change-goal’ for his membership changes from UDF, DPP, formed his Maravi People’s Party (MPP) which disbanded when he joined PP.
The outspoken politician in a telephone interview with Nyasa Times on Sunday evening insisted he would “absolutely not” be ditching PP whatever the tough situation the party will face after losing power.
“I am vice president of PP and will be there to help lead it into rebuilding exercise,” said Uladi.
“I won’t quit. It is not necessary,” he said.
DPP has been claiming some PP members were knocking its doors to join the party but they are being rejected because President Peter Mutharika said he would not entertain “crosstitutes” – the practice of political floor crossing.
Uladi said he never wanted to re-join DPP and harbours no such ambition “at all, at all.”
He said as PP vice president, he will provide leadership to its 26 members of parliament to ensure they remain united and not be swayed by the ruling party to join it as some MPs from other parties and independents may switch sides and join DPP, which got 50 MPs in the May 20 Tripartite Elections.
Uladi said PP will join other opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the United Democratic Front (UDF) to stand strong on Section 65 of the Constitution to ensure that it is implemented to prevent their Members of Parliament (MPs) from crossing the floor.
Section 65 says the Speaker shall declare vacant a seat of an MP who was, at the time of his or her election, a member of one political party represented in the National Assembly, other than by that member alone, but who has voluntarily ceased to be a member of that party and has joined another political party represented in the National Assembly.