People’s Party (PP) vice- president Uladi Mussa has come under fire from the party’s Northern Province members for firing provincial chairperson the Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira.
But Mussa has defended the decision, saying as the most senior person, he has powers to act.
Mussa fired Ngwira on December 14 2015 for insisting that former vice-president Khumbo Kachali should lead the party in the absence of its leader, former president Joyce Banda.
But the members argue that only Banda can fire Ngwira as she is the one who entrusted him with the position.
Northern Province acting secretary Clive Nthakomwa accused Mussa of eyeing the party’s presidency and wants to eliminate people that can oppose his move.
“He has to concentrate on affairs of the Central Region. He needs to woo support for the party in his region where it has lost several members, including those that were ministers and legislators,” said Nthakomwa.
Campaign director Bulukutu Chirwa said the region will continue to recognise Ngwira; director of youth Lapken Thindwa said the youth in the region want Mussa to resign while national executive committee (NEC) member Brown Soko warned against interfering with the affairs of the region.
Mussa on Friday said he expelled Ngwira on behalf of Banda.
“I am representing Joyce Banda and I did that on her behalf. I am the vice-president of the party and the most senior member right now,” he said, disputing that he is eying the presidency. n