Salim Bagus dumps DPP

MPs care for own wellbeing—Analyst

Brown Mpinganjira

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Chikwawa Central Constituency Salim Bagus has left the party with immediate effect.

In an interview Sunday, Bagus who served as Minister of Trade in the immediate past President Peter Mutharika’s administration has cited personal reasons for the move.

Bagus—who was at one point elected into Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Nation Executive Committee (Nec) before dumping it for DPP—said he could not rule out the possibility of rejoining MCP or joining UTM party in the near future but said he remains independent MP for now.


“I cannot rule out joining any political party in the near future but I will be going to parliament as an independent Member of Parliament. You will recall that I won the Chikwawa Central parliamentary seat as an independent candidate,” he said.

Bagus contested for the position as an independent candidate, and later joined DPP.

Asked on why he keeps on changing political colours as they suit him, Bagus said all he wants is to deliver meaningful development to the area he represents.


“What the people of Chikwawa Central want is development. This is why they reelected me after a long break in parliament. This is absolutely good for the people of Chikwawa Central Constituency,” he said.

DPP spokesperson Brown Mpinganjira did not pick his mobile phone for a comment after several attempts and his deputy Henry Mussa insisted that The Daily Times speaks to Mpinganjira.

Chancellor College political analyst Happy Kayuni said what is happening in the DPP is common after presidential elections in the country.

“The MP’s have their favorite line that they want to work with the government to being development in their areas but what they care about really is their own wellbeing.

“In my view the DPP must work on its leadership. I agreed with [Honourable Grezelder] Jeffrey that Mutharika has done his part and another person should take over. Mutharika could not campaign properly during last elections so how do you expect him to continue leading the party?” he wondered.

The DPP has lost a number of MPs either to MCP and UTM after the June 23 fresh elections which saw these parties in government under the banner of Tonse Alliance.

This far Blantyre West legislator Isaac Kaneka, Eurita Ntiza of Nsanje South West and Ramzan Jumah Mahomed all formerly DPP have joined DPP.

Section 65 of the country’s constituency penalises MP who were elected on party ticket to join other parties which also have representation in parliament.

This, essentially leave those who won on independent tickets to freely roam across the parties.

Chancellor College law professor, Sunduzwayo Madise said this might have been an oversight during formulation of the law.

“This might have been an oversight because at that time, the general feeling was that one becomes a Member of Parliament only on party ticket. It can also be that it is a deliberate move that since they are independents, they should be free.

“Perhaps it is an earlier to consider in the future law reforms. If I am not mistaken there is a court’s decision which sais when one is elected as Member of Parliament on independent, it does not mean that he/she can just be moving about political parties,” he said.

MCP Director of Campaign Moses Kunkuyu said if Bagus decides to rejoin the party, he will be welcome.

“A door cannot be shut in his face because we understand that there many prodigal sons who after doing whatever they did want to return home. Again President Lazarus Chakwera wants to deliver a new Malawi in which we all can call home,” he said.

UTM Secretary General Patricia Kaliati also her party will welcome him if he makes a ‘right choice’ to join UTM.

“Why can we stop him? Is he not a Malawian? We have nothing against him. Right to freedom of association is provided for in the constituency,” he said.

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