Mussa has argued that he is acting within party provisions as the mandate for the party’s founding president Joyce Banda expired according to the PP constitution.
In an interview with a local radio station, Mussa further claimed that Joyce Banda was planning to field her son Roy Kachale, effectively leaving him out in the cold after leading the former ruling party on an interim capacity for three years.
According to Mussa, the mandate for Joyce Banda, who is in self-imposed exile, to lead the party expired on 28th August 2017.
Said Mussa: “We held the convention on 28th August 2012 and it got expired on 28th August 2017 because the tenure of office according to PP convention is 5years. So, the time for presidency of Dr. Joyce Banda of the party is now expired. Then, this being the case I have decided to inform all members of the national executive committee that I am interested to become a presidential aspirant of PP.
“Joyce Banda is aware and I have also told a number of people within the NEC membership that I am very much interested.”
However, PP Spokesperson Nowa Chimpeni has swiftly dismissed Uladi Mussa’s sentiments.
Said Chimpeni: “He should not get too much ahead of himself. As of now, Dr. Joyce Banda is still the party president. If he says the mandate expires-it up to the executive to decide.”
The development comes barely two days after PP Administrative Secretary Joseph Chikwemba engaged Joyce Banda’s son Roy Kachale in a verbal war on facebook.
The verbal war was ignited after Chikwemba accused former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader John Tembo of perpetrating atrocities against Malawians during Hastings Kamuzu Banda era.