Ruling Peoples Party suspends rebel members for planning revolt
Ruling People's Party has slapped its seven "rebel" members from its Central Province (Region) Committee with three months suspension for "conduct likely to confuse party followers".
The Daily Times sources say a verdict was delivered at the disciplinary hearing which was presided over by the PP's newly elected first deputy Secretary General George Zulu over the weekend.
Well placed PP sources confided in this paper that the seven are suspected to have been soliciting signatures from party members in Ntchisi and Dowa to revolt against the party's recent convention's results which threw out party founders.
"The seven are believed to have been coerced by a certain disgruntled section in the party to secure enough signatures to accompany a petition to act as a sign of people's dissatisfaction over the recent convention's results which voted in new members," said the source.
But when contacted yesterday, Zulu referred the paper to the party's deputy publicity secretary Kenneth Msonda whom he said had the information.
Msonda, on his part, confirmed the party's action against the seven.
"It is true that we have suspended seven of our members in the Central Province for three months on grounds of conduct likely to confuse the party followers. They have been suspended from their positions till December 31, 2012," he said.
He said the action was aimed at bringing sanity and discipline in the party.
"Every family, organisation or party has rules, regulations and conditions to be followed. [And] any child or member who breaks the rules is disciplined as one way of bringing sanity in the grouping.
"We want People's Party to be different from other parties. We want our members and followers to be exemplary as a ruling party," he said.
He further said senior party leaders would be monitoring the behaviour of the suspended members to help them change.
When contacted to get names of the suspended members, the party's publicity secretary Hophmally Makande said the provincial chairperson for the centre Kizito Gwembe was well place to give such details.
Gwembe was, however, not readily available as he could not pick up his mobile phone when called several times yesterday