East MMD recommends expulsion of Mkaika MP

The MMD in Eastern Province has recommended for the expulsion of its Mkaika Member of Parliament David Phiri and warned other parliamentarians serving as Deputy Ministers in the PF Government that they risk being expelled from the party.

Eastern Province MMD Information and Publicity Secretary, Samuel Lugomo Phiri, told ZANIS this morning that Mr Phiri had been disowned by the former ruling party for allegedly uttering statements that were inimical to the MMD on whose ticket he went to parliament.

Mr Phiri said this should serve as a warning to other MMD MPs who were double-legged that they would be forced out of the party if they do not abide by the code of conduct to the MMD.

And in a statement signed by Provincial Chairperson, Alexander Miti and Mr Phiri, the Provincial Executive Committee decided to recommend for his expulsion following recommendations from constituency and Katete District Executive Committees.

The dual claimed that the party leadership in Eastern Province decided to disown the Mkaika MP, adding that the party organs had already written to the National Executive Committee (NEC) to recommend for his expulsion.

The MMD Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) said the party could not continue to accommodate the leader whose conduct they claimed was against the party and its code of conduct.

The Parliamentarian was also accused of distributing materials to PF cadres at Katete stores and other places in his constituency.

The PEC also charged that Mr Phiri, who is also Tourism Deputy Minister, made it clear that he was now supporting the PF as he told people in his constituency that he could not discuss the MMD, adding that he also tried to lure councillors in his constituency to defect to the PF.

“Mr Phiri has shown that he has no respect for the people of Mkaika. The nation must know that during the adoption process in 2011, he was rejected by the constituency and district committees in Katete district,” they said.

The committee claimed that it had investigated the conduct of the MP and concluded that Mr Phiri was a selfish leader who did not appreciate those who helped him to be where he was.

Mr Phiri could not be reached for comment as his mobile phone was not reachable.

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