GOTANI HARA: Mpinganjira’s DPP did not follow protocol

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) internal power crisis rages on.

Following the Vuwa Kaunda’s lost of seat at Nkhatabay Centrar after the Supreme Court declared his seat vacant, the DPP leadership outside Parliament decided to make new appointments to fill vacant seats.

But National Assembly Speaker Catherine Gotani Hara has rejected the partysaying all communication going to Speaker’s office go through the Secretary General of the party represented in Parliament.

DPP through it’s Publicity Secretary, Brown James Mpinganjira wrote the speaker to inform her office about the new changes.

The DPP led by Mpinganjira proposed that Martha Lunji must replace Vuwa Kaunda and that Nick Masebo be deputy to Martha Lunji while Chimwemwe Chipungu be member of Public Appointments Committee. But the Speaker has thrown out the letter citing irregular protocol that DPP followed.

The Standing Orders of Parliament recognize the Secretary General of the Party to communicate to the Speaker’s office and not Publicity Secretary.

Meanwhile, Secretary General of DPP Gredelzer Jeffrey has written the Speaker on the new appointment of Chief Whip.

The new Chief whip in Parliament is Owen Chilenga. This means the other two appointment are invalid and can not stand the test of the parliamentary rules.

Last month, former Malawi President Peter Mutharika who is DPP leader assured the nation that he working along the clock to re-organise the party leadership transition before he quites

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