MZIMBA--The Second Vice President of Alliance for Democracy (AFORD), Chinkhokhwe Banda, has abandoned his party to join the ruling People’s party (PP).
Banda, who is also former MP of Kasungu North-North East, told the rally addressed by Pres Joyce Banda at Edingeni Primary school ground Friday that he decided to join PP because she appreciated the new country’s new leadership.
“By appointing Khumbo Kachali as Vice President of the country, Joyce Banda has proved to us that she has the welfare of all people at heart. When I say all people I mean including people in the Northern Region who were regarded as dead by some former presidents,” Chinkhokhwe Banda told the people amid hand clapping and ululation.
He said Pres Banda was aware that Northern Region was sidelined for a long time in terms of having top leadership positions in the country.
Chinkhokhwe appealed to supporters of his former party and other political parties in the region to join PP, saying it was the only political grouping that cared about all people in the country regardless of where they come from.
He said apart from uniting people of all regions in the country, Pres Banda had also succeeded in improving relations between Malawi and other countries.
Also announcing his defection to PP was Norman Nyirenda who was DPP candidate who lost to Enock Chihana during the parliamentary by-election in Rumphi Central Constituency.
Nyirenda expressed Chinkhokwe Banda’s sentiments on why he decided to join PP and appealed to the people to vote for the PP candidate, Raymond Nkhata for Mzimba South West Constituency and Aram Beza for Mzimba Central Constituency, saying it would be one way of showing appreciation to the president who appointed their own son Khumbo Kachali as Malawi Vice President.
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