LILONGWE--The exodus from the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) continues with half of its national executive committee expected to quit their positions for the governing Peoples Party (PP), inside sources have disclosed.
But the party’s Vice President Dr. Jean Kalirani has accused the PP of enticing its structures while political commentators have described the political “prostitution” as a hallmark of Malawi’s politics. Most people in PP have wandered some from MCP to UDF to DPP and now to their new home while others have gone and formed various parties before joining Government.
Among the three confirmed requests to join the PP from DPP are Director of Research George Chaponda, Treasurer General Henry Mussa and former spokesperson Hetherwick Ntaba all expected to be welcomed by Pres Joyce Banda at the next public rally.
“They have all been waiting for positive feedback but some like Dr. Chaponda put conditions which have now been met and hopefully the announcements should come in very soon,” said a senior DPP official himself on the list.
About 14 Parliamentarians mainly from the North, East and Central Regions have already packed their bags and they are expected to sit on Government benches during the forthcoming sitting of Parliament.
In the Northern Region, the whole Regional Committee save for Regional Governor Reverend Christopher Ngwira and Mzimba District Governor are expected to dump the party this Friday alongside all district governors in the North.
“The North is understandable, there is nothing there now. If Goodall and Wakuda Kamanga, the pillars of the party can dump it what about the smaller names in the party. Everyone knows DPP’s time is gone, it happened with MCP and UDF, you cant stick around for nothing,” confirmed a district governor who met PP officials in Mzuzu last Sunday.
The party’s acting President Peter Mutharika is still angry with the defections and Mzimba bye-elections loss which allegedly made him spend K50 million for the campaign after Ngwira lied to him. Mutharika is alleged to have chased a party delegation from his house after they went to report on the loss which angered Wakuda Kamanga.
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