BLANTRYE--Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) says it is still expecting all its legislators including those in President Joyce Banda’s to return to the opposition benches in the august house.
The party’s Secretary General Kennedy Makwangwala told The Nation Monday that the party “does not care about the fact that some are cabinet ministers.”
Makwangwala said they want them back to the opposition benches in parliament, claiming that the resolve was made by the party’s national executive committee (Nec). “All we care about is that they are our MPs. This resolution was made by the national executive committee and we expect them to respect this,” he is quoted as saying.
However, he did not tell what the party will do if the resolution is not followed and respected. He claimed to have communicated this to all MPs in writing and that there is the assurance from the MPs that they will return to the opposition benches.
UDF legislators for Mangochi North, Ibrahim Matola and Machinga North East Atupele Muluzi are Deputy Minster of Environment and Climate Change Management and Minister of Economic Planning and Development respectively.
Matola was leader of UDF in parliament before roped in the cabinet in April this year. But it is not known whether these two MPs will respect the party’s resolution as Matola is on record to have said he is pondering to ditch the party.