Revealed! Joyce Banda’s Son,PP MPs In Working Alliance Talks With DPP: Kumpukwe Representing JB
People’s Party (PP) secretary general Ibrahim Matola has confirmed that there are talks for a working relations with governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) but distanced himself as the one leading the talks putting speculations to rest by hinting that indeed President Peter Mutharika met the party’s legislators including son to former president and founder of Peoples Party Roy Kachale at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.
Matola said Joyce Banda would have to be involved in anything being discussed, and that there should be immunity for her that she should not be arrested if she returns home.
But DPP sources said Banda is already involved and her sister Cecilia Kumpukwe is representing her in negotiations.
Among the PP MPs who attended the meeting with President Mutharika included former president Joyce Banda’s son Roy Kachale (Zomba Malosa), Kamlepo Kalua (Rumphi East), party spokesman Noah Chimpeni (Nkhata Basy South East.), Maquenda Chunga (Mzimba South), Ralph Jooma (Mangochi Monkey Bay) and Beatrice Mwale (Kasungu North),
Others who attended were Welani Chilenga (Chitipa North), Rev Malani Mtonga (Karonga south), Wallace Chawawa (Zomba Chingale) and Patricia Kayinga Nangozo (Zomba central).
Matola said the meeting with President Mutharika had followed another discussions held at Parliament Building with government delegation led by Leader of the House, Kondwani Nankhumwa.
Nankhumwa, who attended the meeting at Kamuzu Palace, said he could not comment but hinted there is “remarkable progress.”
The DPP is courting PP to have a working relationship in parliament to strengthen its voting powers.
However, Matola said any arrangement Mutharika and DPP would want to have with PP, the party which formed government between 2012 and 2014 will need to have National Executive Committee (NEC) endorsement.
“Whatever negotiations are happening are for legislators themselves but the party will have to take its stand,” Matola said.
However, three of PP lawmakers were excluded for their working relationship with Malawi Congress Party (MCP), they include Harry Mkandawire (Mzimba West), Racheal Mazombwe Zulu (Mchinji North) and Elias Wakuda Kamanga (Kasungu North East).