Uladi replaced as PP leader in Parley


People’s Party (PP) has selected Nkhata Bay Central Member of Parliament (MP), Ralph Mhone, as the party’s leader in Parliament replacing Salima South MP Uladi Mussa.
According to a list of office bearers of the 47th session of the National Assembly, Mhone will lead the party in the House deputised by Mzimba North MP Agness Nyalonje.
The development follows Mussa’s suspension from the party as vice-president for Central Region and acting president after he declared that he would contest as the party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 tripartite elections.
According to Mussa, his decision was based on a careful analysis of the responses from the conversation he had with Joyce Banda, who is in self-exile, on her interest to contest in 2019.
PP spokesperson, Noah Chimpeni, said the party and the nation is optimistic from the new leader.
“We expect him to take our party interest to greater heights and carry on from what Mussa left and come in with some differences,” he said
Chimpeni, however, said the party is still in a process of selecting acting leader of the party in the absence of Banda.
Mussa yesterday said he does not have any reservation with the change of the party’s leadership in the Chamber.
“I don’t have any problem. I have been a leader and I led the party for three years in and outside the Parliament. That position does not require one to be vice-president or whatever, I am not concerned and I am not worried. I am eyeing the party’s presidency,” he said.
From government benches, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Cecilia Chazama, has been selected as deputy leader of the House, after leader of the House Kondwani Nankhumwa.
In the 2017/2018 budget meeting, Nankhumwa assumed the position without his deputy after the then minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, George Chaponda, was fired from his ministerial position.

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