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DPP MPs swell in Parliament

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The number of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers have increased in Parliament after 19 independent legislators announced joining the party.

They include Allan Ngumuya  of  Blantyre City South,  Rashid Gaffer – of Blantyre City Kabula,  Peter Hamilton Bvalani of Zomba Likangala, Daudi Chida of  Mulanje Limbuli, Sam Ganda – Nsanje Lalanje, Willet Karonga – Chiradzulu North, Gab Khamisa – Thyolo Central, Mary Maulidi Khembo – Neno South, Emmanuel Lozo – Neno North, Naomi Maleso Akilekwa - Mulanje South East, Mary Livuza – Phalombe South

Others include, Amos Mailosi – Phalombe East, Victor Musowa – Mulanje Bare, Aboo McNice Naliwa – Zomba Msondole, Denis Namachekecha – Phalombe North East, Muhammad Osman (OG Issa) – Chiradzulu Central,  McJay Salijeni – Thyolo South, Lyana Lexa Tambala – Mulanje North and Roger Sithole – Kasungu North – North East.

DPP now has 69 Members of Parliament.

Four other Independent candidates have joined Malawi Congress Party (MCP), which makes MCP MPs clinching 52. They include Collins Kajawa – Lilongwe Mpenu, Peter Chakwantha – Lilongwe South West, Peter Dimba – Lilongwe South and Elias Chakwera – Dowa Ngala.

According to Speaker of the National Assembly, Richard Msowoya, the legislators claim to have made the switch upon consultations with their constituents.

The MPs claim the decision is in the best interest of the people.

But commentators have warned against defections saying it could see the country retrogressing to a one party state.

Chancellor College Associate Professor of law, Edge Kanyongolo, says the development defeats the essence of providing checks and balances.

Initially, independent MPs outclassed parties during the May 20 general elections scooping 52 seats seconded by DPP with 50 and MCP with 48.

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