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Agriculture Committee chair dumps DPP to ‘operate freely’

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Member of Parliament (MP) for Nsanje South West constituency, Joseph Chidanti- Malunga has said he has decided to quit the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to operate freely.

Malunga said he has left the party so that he can contribute to issues affecting the country without being influenced by political affiliation.

“My decision to ditch the DPP has come from the people in my constituency. I want to serve the remaining two and half years as an independent Member of Parliament. That way I will be able to serve the people in my area well, without fearing that someonewill be censoring what I say and do,” Malunga said.

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Malunga, who is also Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, recently pushed the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) to launch an inquiry into the dubious procurement of maize from Zambia by Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation.

He indicated that he was unhappy with the commission of inquiry President Peter Mutharika has set to probe matters surrounding the maize scandal.

However, the DPP has downplayed Malunga’s exit from the party.

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DPP spokesperson, Francis Kasaila, said his party has welcomed Malunga’s decision and said the party will just focus on consolidating its position on the ground instead of worrying for a Member of Parliament who has decided to leave.

“We wish the honorable member the best of luck whereever he is going. His exit does not mean that the figures are diminishing in our party. Local masses are the ones that matter most in politics because time will come when we will need their vote. He won as an independent [member] and decided to join DPP. Now that he has decided to leave, we welcome his decision,” Kasaila said.

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