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People’s Party fires Mzomera Ngwira

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At a time when opposition People’s Party (PP) is grappling with the exodus of some of its top officials, the party’s National Executive Committee (Nec) Tuesday fired its Provincial Governor for the North, Christopher Ngwira, for allegedly organizing “thugs” to disrupt a political rally in Mzuzu.

Meanwhile, PP says it will apply to the Speaker of National Assembly to relocate Ngwira from the party benches.

Speaking at a press conference in Lilongwe Tuesday, PP Publicity Secretary, Ken Msonda, said Ngwira has proved to be a nuisance and unrepentant following continued acts of thuggery which he said have no room in the former ruling party.

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According to Msonda, who was flanked by the party’s Secretary General Ibrahim Matola, Campaign Director Bester Majoni, National Director of Women,Clara Makungwa among others.

In his remarks, Organising Secretary for Central Region, Tiwonge Chibwana, said the recent behaviour by Ngwira where he was allegedly behind the acts of violence in Mzuzu where Acting President Uladi Musa and other party officials had gone to address a rally is “unforgivable”.

“The reasons are obvious. PP is a party that is so disciplined; suffice to say that it is a party that practices intra-party democracy. We respect our party member’s views and opinions but democracy is not an open cheque. It is doing this maturely and responsibly following the laws of the land as well as rules and regulations of the party. Unfortunately, the behaviour of Reverend Ngwira cannot be tolerated,” said Msonda said in an interview after the briefing.

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However, Ngwira did not pick his call despite several attempts when The Daily Times tried to seek his comment.

Outspoken Ngwira, who is also parliamentarian for Mzimba Hora, was in December last year expelled from the party for declaring that PP former vice-president Khumbo Kachali should replace party president Joyce Banda who has been outside the country since losing elections in May 2014.

Later, Banda reinstated Ngwira.

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