Sep 24, 2017 Last Updated 10:33 AM, Sep 22, 2017


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Suspended People’s Party acting President Uladi Mussa has threatened to take legal action against the party.

Mussa was speaking after the PP’s National Executive Committee (NEC) suspended him barely hours last week Thursday after he declared his ambition to contest for the position of the party President.

According to Mussa the tenure of the party’s founder, Joyce Banda has ended, meaning that the seat is vacant.

He also claims that the National Executive Committee has no power to suspend him and will challenge the decision in a court of law.

In an earlier interview with Capital FM, the PP’s Spokesperson Noah Chimpeni confirmed the suspension of Mussa.

Chimpeni said that Mussa had been suspended for uttering hatred remarks against party’s founder who is also Malawi’s former President.

To critics, Mussa’s suspension is a sign that political parties are failing to embrace intra-party democracy, this they are attributing to the of founder’s syndrome.

Happy Kayuni an Associate Professor of Political and Administrative Studies at the Chancellor College said the move is unacceptable and unwelcomed.

“However it is not surprising that the incumbent made such a move when challenged, this is a sign that political parties in the country have not yet reached maturity and it also shows that the party is owned by a particular individual and not the memebers,” Kayuni added.

Banda, who left the country after losing the 2014 Presidential Elections, appointed Mussa as acting President of the Party.

Malawi’s major donors, the United States and Britain are calling for a level playing among all political parties   

They are urging political parties to be civil towards each other as they campaign ahead of the by-elections next month, and in the run up to the 2019 polls.

According to the donors, Malawi has a good democratic record which makes it a model for Africa and beyond.

In a joint statement, representatives of the two diplomatic missions indicate that they are in support of preparations for another round of democratic elections in the country.

Edward Monster who is the public affairs Officer at the US Embassy said. “as Malawi’s development partners we support Malawi’s preparations for the upcoming by-elections and also the 2019 elections.”

“We urge all political parties in Malawi to respect the rights of their opponents to both stand for elections and campaign freely,” Monster added.

Holly Tett, the British High Commissioner emphasised on the importance of not only the by-elections but also the 2019 general elections.

The commissioners also mentioned on the need for all Malawians to remain peaceful during both elections.

Malawi will be holding by-elections next month in three ward and three constituencies.

In Lilongwe, the by-elections will take place in Lilongwe Nsozi North Constituency, Lilongwe City South East Constituency and Mtsiliza Ward.

Residents of Mayani North Ward in Dedza and Ndirande Makata Ward in Blantyre will also be voting for a new councillor on the day.

The polls will also take place in Nsanje Lalanje Constituency.

The South African opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters-EFF is calling on the Malawi Government to lift a purported ban it put on the party’s leader Julius Malema.

Malawi’s Home Affairs Minister Grace Chiuma, however, denies issuing the ban.

In a letter published on the EFF website, the party officials say Malema has done nothing wrong to deserve being refused entry into Malawi.

The party insists that Malema had no plans to visit Malawi on any condition.

This is however contrary to what representatives of the Transformation Alliance earlier told Capital FM that Malema was invited to the group’s general conference which was held in Blantyre on Friday.

The EFF also condemns what it terms as misleading and dishonest remarks which are alleged to have been made by Zambia’s Saviour Chishimba who is reported to have also been banned.

Chishimba is accused of creating an impression that he would be hosting the leader of the EFF in Malawi.

Who is Julius Malema?

Julius Sello Malema (born 3 March 1981) is the leader of the Economis Freedom Fighter, a South African political party, which he founded in July 2013.

He previously served as President of the African National Congress Youth League  from 2008 to 2012.

Malema was a member of the ANC until his expulsion from the party in April 2012.

He occupies a notably controversial position in South African public and political life, having risen to prominence with his support for African National Congress president, and later President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

 He has been described by both Zuma and the Premier of Limpopo Province as the "future leader" of South Africa.

Less favourable portraits paint him as a "reckless populist" with the potential to destabilise South Africa and to spark racial conflict

Member of Parliament (MP) for Karonga central constituency Frank Mwenefumbo has urged Malawians to forge ahead in demanding meaningful development projects rather than applauding government for single development projects

Mwenefumbo who is of the Alliance For Democracy (AFORD) party, cited the Karonga-Chitipa road as an example of how government is applauded when there is usually no need to do so.

This was revealed on Tuesday during a political rally in Chitipa district.

The Legislator emphasised that it is high time Malawians in the northern region particularly Karonga and Chitipa districts have been denied their right to development and continue to be blindfolded by the aforementioned road which acts as a campaign tool for the ruling parties to woe their vote.

“Much as we appreciate the fact that the Karonga-Chitipa road was constructed, we need more of such projects in the districts.

The people of Chitipa are in need of other projects like schools, hospitals as well as the profitable Chitipa to Nthalire via Rumphi road that leads to Nyika national park,” added the legislator.

Apart from tackling the issue of development in the northern region, Mwenifumbo also addressed the current scramble for Lake Malawi with Tanzania at the rally.

The MP is of the view that if Capital Hill maintained its relationship with Dodoma it would do the country more good than harm.

He also believes that if government involved local leaders from Karonga and Chitipa the matter would be resolved amicably.

Zambia's detained opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is due to appear in court on Monday on treason charges, four months after he was arrested and as political tensions rise in the country.

Hichilema, who narrowly lost last year's presidential elections, has been in custody since April over an incident when he allegedly failed to give way to President Edgar Lungu's motorcade.

A lawyer from his United Party for National Development (UPND) told AFP that the party expected the charges to be dropped and for Hichilema to walk free.

"They don't have a case against him. We are certain that he will come out tomorrow," the party lawyer, who declined to be named, told AFP on Sunday.

Lungu invoked emergency powers in July, increasing police powers of arrest and detention after he blamed opposition parties for a string of arson attacks.

The president has denied allegations of growing authoritarianism and has accused his rivals of trying to overturn the election result.

Hichilema (55) says the election was rigged and has refused to recognise the president.

Zambia has enjoyed relative stability since its first multi-party election in 1991.

But last year's election was marked by clashes between supporters of Lungu's Patriotic Front (PF) party and the UPND.

Parliament has suspended 48 UPND lawmakers after they boycotted an address by Lungu in March.

Police on Thursday released the leader of a smaller opposition party who is a fierce critic of the president after one week in detention.

Savior Chishimba, the leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), was detained by plain-clothed police, triggering further accusations of a crackdown on dissent.

Hichilema has been held in custody after allegedly putting Lungu's life in danger when his convoy failed to make way for the presidential motorcade in a high-speed road drama caught on video camera.

The two men were both travelling to the Western province for a traditional ceremony.

Days later, more than 100 armed police surrounded Hichilema's house outside Lusaka, firing tear gas before detaining him.

Businessman-turned-politician Hichilema has claimed that he was assaulted by police during his arrest and has suffered mistreatment in detention.

Treason is a non-bailable offence in Zambia, with a minimum jail term of 15 years and a maximum sentence of death.

Lungu did not mince his words during the election campaign, warning political rivals and activists that "if they push me against the wall, I will sacrifice democracy for peace."

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