LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-In twist of events, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary General Gelezedar Jeffrey has disowned the letter to Speaker on National Assembly of dismissing Kondwani Nankhumwa as Leader of Opposition in Parliament.
“As the party’s Secretary General am not aware of the said letter. Nankhumwa remains Leader of Opposition in Parliament and DPP Vice President,” defends Jeffrey.
A kangaroo DPP ‘disciplinary committee’ recommended to DPP leader Peter Mutharika to fire Mulanje Central Legislator Kondwani Nankhumwa, as Leader of Opposition in Parliament, replacing him with Nsanje Central MP Francis Kasaila.
Despite that the Kangaroo Court failed to convene a fortnight ago at Golden Peacock in Lilongwe after Nankhumwa raised a concern that it consisted of people like George Chaponda and Bright Msaka who he said were compromised by virtue of their apparent interest in occupying the position of Leader of Opposition in Parliament and VP South, the committee has already made its judgement.
In a letter to Speaker of Parliament signed by Msaka and the party’s administrative secretary Francis Mphepo, the party has appointed Kasaila with immediate effect and Speaker is expected to announce tomorrow.
“Infact the original idea was to fire him from the party, but it had to take the intervention of Goodall Gondwe to pump some sense in them,” said the source.
Nankhumwa, aged 42, was probably the only one among the DPP former Ministers currently retaining the glitz of being chauffeur-driven in a government vehicle with 24 hour Police protection by virtue of him being Leader of opposition.
This was apparently a bad news for his contenders for the DPP presidency as the position of Leader of Opposition places him further ahead in that race.