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People’s Party lifts Mzomera Ngwira’s suspension

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People’s Party (PP) national executive committee has reinstated the outspoken Member of Parliament for Mzimba Hora, Christopher Mzomera Ngwira and Cliffer Kondowe as the Northern Region Chairman and Chairlady respectively.

Last month, the PP Secretary General, Ibrahim Matola, expelled Ngwira and Kondowe from their positions and the party but the party president Joyce Banda reversed the decision with an order that the two be given an opportunity to be heard.

The disciplinary hearing took place in Lilongwe on September 11.

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In an interview Monday, Ngwira said about three weeks after the summoning, the party secretariat called them for another meeting where they were told about the ceasefire and advised to slow down.

Ngwira and Kondowe were suspended for allegedly mobilising what the party described as ‘drunken thugs’ to disturb the meeting that Matola and other National Executive Committee members had planned for Northern Region based party leaders.

The party’s Publicity and Administrative Secretary, Ken Msonda, is reported to have been manhandled in the fracas that ensued.

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“In the areas where they thought we did not do well to them, we discussed and everything is over now. So, we are back in our positions as provincial chairman and chairlady,” Mgwira said.

During their suspension period, Ngwira was advancing an idea of elevating former vice president Khumbo Kachali to the interim party leader in the absence of Banda but he seems to have backtracked.

“We agreed as a family and for me to keep the same, it is not good. But just talk to the Secretary General on what is the way forward. What is it that we have agreed as a party? There were such ideas from the Northern Region and those were the ideas that contributed to our expulsion or suspension. Then you can talk to Publicity secretary on what is the party’s stand on the idea?” Ngwira said.

While acknowledging that the disciplinary committee presented its findings and recommendations to the party politburo, Msonda said he will make an official communication soon.

He, however, said the resolutions were already made available to the two concerned parties.

Meanwhile, the PP is still keeping Banda’s homecoming date under wraps amid continued insistence that she will be in the country this month.

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