UDF MPs Meet Atcheya On Inclussive Govt: Angry With Atupele, Matola’s Inclussion
United Democratic Front (UDF) Members of Parliament are meeting former president Bakili Muluzi this morning, at his BCA Resident to seek some clarification on the party’s participation in Joyce Banda’s all-inclusive government.
President Joyce Banda on Thursday unveiled a 32 member cabinet that included faces from six political parties and an independent MP.
Among the hired parliamentarians were Atupele Muluzi and Ibrahim Matola who have been appointed as Economic Planning Minister and Environment and Climate Change Management Deputy Minister respectively.
But President Banda’s move to include the two has sparked controversies in UDF with MPs questioning the future of Atupele’s 2014 presidential bid.
The MPs are also questioning the rationale behind Matola deputising Cathleen Gotani Hara, arguing the former is more educated than the later.
The meeting, between Bakili Muluzi, who is also the party’s former chairman, and the parliamentarians was in progress, as we went to the press.
Banda included 17 Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) MPs, six legislators from her Peoples Party (PP) Malawi Congress Party’s Rachel Zulu Mazombwe of Mchinji North as Deputy Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an Independent Eunice Makangala of Blantyre City Central Copnstituency as Minister of Labour, among other figures.
Atupele has been nursing ambitions to represent UDF in the 2014 Presidential polls, a move that has fueled divisions in the party.
In related development former ruling Democratic Progressive Party said there were not sure if cabinet ministers from the party have resigned or if it is a government of unity because there have not been any consultations prior or after the appointments.
DPP Secretary General Wakuda Kamanga on Friday said the party is at cross-roads on what is happening.
“Honestly it is difficult to say on whether this is a GNU. There have been no consultations because in as far as I know when forming a GNU you discuss first with the party in power. On the other hand those that are in cabinet from our party have not resigned so it is difficult for me to say what is happening,” said Kamanga.