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UTM, UDF choose leaders, MCP mum

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By Audrey Kapalamula:

All political parties represented in Parliament, save for Malawi Congress Party (MCP), have chosen their leaders in the chamber.

The parties have chosen their leadership as members of Parliament (MPs) resume their first meeting in the 48th session and 2019/20 budget meeting in Lilongwe today.

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If the disputed Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) presidential election results are anything to go by, MCP would be the main opposition party in the august House.

However, MCP secretary general, Eisenhower Mkaka, Sunday said they would engage National Assembly secretarial before coming up with its stand on its leadership in the House.

“As a party, we have discussed the issue. But we will have to discuss the issue with the secretariat at Parliament tomorrow. There are things that need to be clarified,” Mkaka said.

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During the opening of Parliament last Friday, Speaker of the National Assembly, Catherine Gotani-Hara, called for names of the parties’ leadership to be submitted today.

Apart from independents, MCP, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), United Democratic Front (UDF), UTM, People’s Party and Alliance for Democracy (Aford) are represented in the House.

UTM spokesperson, Joseph Chidanti-Malunga, said the party had chosen Chrissie Kanyasho as its leader in the House deputised by Steven Mikaya, with Chrispine Chanju Mphande and Simion Simon Salambula as Chief Whip and Deputy Chief Whip, respectively.

DPP unveiled Kondwani Nankhumwa as its leader in the House, with Martha Lunji Mhone Chanjo as deputy leader.

DPP also appointed Symon Vuwa Kaunda and Mary Thom Navitcha as the Government Chief Whip and Deputy Chief Whip, respectively

UDF has gone for Lilian Patel as its leader, while Rodrick Samu Khumbanyiwa and Nedson Poya are Chief Whip and Deputy Chief Whip, respectively.

Aford has single representation in the chamber.

The parties today are expected to start responding to President Peter Mutharika’s State of the Nation Address he delivered on Friday.

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