The High Court in Mzuzu Thursday granted a court order to the opposition People’s Party (PP) vacating an injunction which five party members obtained a week ago challenging Joyce Banda’s appointment of Uladi Mussa as interim party president.
Confirming the news, Regional Organising Secretary, Ipyana Nthakomwa, said a resolution was made at the National Executive Committee (Nec) that the duo’s appointment was legitimate, hence the decision to seek a court’s intervention on the matter through the party’s legal counsel Messrs Racane and Associates.
In his determination, Judge Dingiswayo Madise faulted the initial applicants [Salim Bagus, Zelesi Gomani, Bornwell Kapatuka Phiri, Daniel Kaipa and Cliffa Khondowe] for failing to exhaust all the internal remedies before rushing to the court.
Madise said the five contravened Sect ion 36 of the party’s constitution which provides that disputes regarding interpretation of the constitution shall be referred to the Legal Affairs Sub-Committee for settlement.
“In my considered opinion, the case was prematurely filed in this court. I refer it back to the Legal Affairs Sub Committee of the People’s Party to call all the concerned parties to a hearing within 14 days and resolve the matters amicably as one political family under the name People’s Party,” reads the ruling in part, adding: “Only when the parties have failed to resolve the matters themselves can they seek the aid of court. The order of injunction is hereby vacated to allow parties discuss in good faith without being gagged by any order of court.”
Reacting to the new s in a telephone interview, the embattled interim party leader Uladi Mussa hailed the court for upholding his and Kamlepo Kalua’s appointments and condemned the disgruntled group for bypassing the various forums in the party by opting for the constitutional court to address their grievances.
Mussa then labeled the group selfish and greedy, saying their action came from a place of bitterness after their favourite leaders in the party were snubbed by Banda.
“I hope they will appreciate that this is a family issue, but our main worry is that these issues will distract the psychological campaign of the party on the ground because people will think we are a fighting party when actually we are not. Otherwise, I am not bitter with them; my aim is to ensure that the party remains strong,” Mussa said.
The development comes after Mussa held a regional meeting in Lilongwe on Wednesday January 20, 2016 aimed at strategizing on how to go about the injunction.
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