Kondwani Nankhumwa remains opposition leader in parliament

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawi Parliament has reversed the decision by President of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Peter Mutharika of appointing Francis Kasaila as new Leader of Opposition.

Parliament’s decision came following a protest from Mulanje West lawmaker Yusuf Nthenda who claimed that the Leader of Opposition is not appointed but elected by opposition Members of Parliament.

Nthenda questioned the idea to allow DPP president Mutharika, who is not a legislator, to dictate business of the House.

First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Madalitso Kazombo threw back the matter to DPP to resolve and announced that Kondwani Nankhumwa remains the Leader of Opposition.

Earlier, Kazombo announced that Francis Kasaila was the leader of opposition in the house in compliant with the direction from Mutharika, the leader of DPP.

In a letter to Speaker of Parliament signed by Bright Msaka and the party’s administrative secretary Francis Mphepo, the party instructed the speaker that it has appointed Kasaila with immediate effect and the Speaker was asked to make the an announcement in parliament regarding the same.

 DPP Secretary General Gelezedar Jeffrey has already disowned the decision to remove Nankhumwa from the position.

“As the party’s Secretary General am not aware of the said letter. Nankhumwa remains Leader of Opposition in Parliament and DPP Vice President,” said Jeffrey.

There are currently two camps in DPP with one supporting Kondwani Nankhumwa while the other camp, which is full of veterans of the party like Msaka, Brown Mpinganjira, George Chaponda and Francis Mpepo, is agitating for removal of Nankhumwa from the position of leader of opposition and the party at large.

Nankhumwa was also to appear before a DPP disciplinary committee a fortnight ago   at Golden Peacock in Lilongwe but the hearing did not take place 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.

Some of the charges leveled against Nankhumwa include imposing himself as leader of opposition when Peter Mutharik had reportedly settled for George Chaponda, misleading the party’s president and plotting a revolt, meeting Malawi Congress official without getting consent from the president and his questionable background and academic qualifications.

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