Uladi Mussa has been suspended as Peoples Party (PP) acting president, barely a day after he expressed interest in contesting as the party’s presidential candidate in 2019 elections.
PP’s spokesperson Noah Chimpeni confirmed the development yesterday, citing the announcement Mussa made on Thursday as the reason for his suspension.
“The reason he has been suspended is because he went to the public to announce that he will contest as the party’s torch bearer, apparently because Dr. Joyce Banda’s term has expired. We do not condone this, however, he remains vice-president of the party,” he said.
In an interview, Mussa said since 2014 when the party’s president, Joyce Banda, left the country, PP has been losing support.
He said that is why, upon expiry of the term of office of the current National Executive Committee (Nec) on August 28, he has decided to contest for the party’s presidency during the party’s convention.
“For the past two years, I have been asking former state president, Dr. Joyce Banda, about the way forward for the party. We met in South Africa, I asked the same question. Having carefully analysed her responses and having done thorough research, I have concluded that since she is not interested in contesting in 2019 I should contest for the party’s presidency so that I lead it in 2019 elections. I am asking all members to support me in strengthening PP,” Mussa said.
PP held its first convention in August 2012.
According to the party’s constitution, all the people who were elected to different positions are supposed to serve for five years.