Of Kondwani Nankhumwa obtaining an injunction as George Chaponda is denied access to Parliament business committee meeting as new DPP Leader of Opposition

By Burnett Munthali

People contend in a battle or physical combat, to strive to overcome a person by blows or weapons. It can be for love, family, power, freedom, sacrifice, and pride as one of the many reasons to fight. Also different circumstances cause people to fight. Things like oppression, race, and cultures cause confliction with over people.

Political conflicts occur all too frequently in resource limited settings, unfortunately producing almost unavoidable turmoil resulting in violence and negative health consequences. Conflicts often have a basis in economics and inequality, destabilizing communities by slowing economic development and increasing insecurity, and therefore have a profound effect in the developing world. These factors tend to be weak in developing countries even during unconflicted times, and conflict thus has an exacerbating effect.

George Chaponda

The conflict at hand

Firstly, according to media reports, the recently appointed leader of opposition in Parliament George Chaponda has been denied access to the Parliament business committee meeting as Kondwani Nankhumwa obtained an injuction against his replacement as Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

Secondly, an injunction is a court order requiring a person to do or cease doing a specific action. There are three types of injunctions: Permanent injunctions, Temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions.

Thirdly, under Article 36, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament may only be removed by the party that elected him or her. DPP fired Nankhumwa alongside 10 others and appointed Mulanje South West legislator George Chaponda as his replacement.

Fourthly, after being disappointed with the conduct and services of Kondwani Nankhumwa, just like any other party should be distorted with the performance of its office bearer, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) appointed Chaponda as Leader of Opposition in Parliament after firing Kondwani Nankhumwa from the party.

Firstly, getting fired can serve as an opportunity to engage in reflection, so consider contacting former colleagues to request honest feedback regarding your strengths and weaknesses. After speaking with a few people, you can look for specific themes or items that you can improve on during your job search. Update your resume.

Being fired is another example of when an employer terminates an employee’s employment. An employee gets fired for reasons under their control and when they do something wrong. An employer may fire an employee for reasons like inappropriate conduct or unsatisfactory job performance.

Seventhly, both Chaponda and Nankhumwa showed up for the meeting but Parliament has recognised Nankhumwa as Leader of Opposition in light of the injunction.

Leader of opposition

The Leader of the Opposition is the parliamentary chairperson of the largest political party in their respective legislative chamber that is not in government.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislators elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Mulanje Central Kondwani Nankhumwa as Leader of Opposition three years ago. During the election, Nankhumwa amassed 38 votes, Nsanje Central MP Francis Kasaila managed 4 votes while Machinga Likwenu MP Bright Msaka got 1 vote.


In conclusion, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP ) must deal with the issue of Leader of Opposition decisively, once and for all. DPP must understand the nature of this conflict. They should work it out themselves and deal with the issue quickly. Listen to both sides and determine the real issue, together. Consult their party and country Constitution and find a solution. Otherwise, this confusion continues to confuse many Malawians.