Former diplomat Dr John Chikago has rejected being part of the formation of a new party allegedly being formed to shake the support base of ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its partner United Democratic Front (UDF) in the southern and eastern regions.
Chikago’s name was linked to the new party after a meeting held Saturday at the offices of former diplomat Ziliro Chibambo situated next to Nandos in Blantyre.
But Chikago has said he will not be party to the formation of the new political grouping
“While I know Malawi is democracy and that every citizen has freedom of association to join any political grouping, I hate to be forced into any association without my knowledge,” said Chikago.
The former diplomat said he has never been a frontline politician and his experience is in offering analytical services.
Chikago said he cannot understand “the political logic” of forming a party to fight DPP and UDF working pack or Muluzi and his family.
“Let me be frank, in spite of my arrest by the DPP government, I hold high former President Dr Bakili Muluzi in high respect. He offered me the opportunity to serve in the Foreign Service where I seized the opportunity to further my education to Master and Doctorate degree levels specializing in Public Policy.
“In case, those implicating my name are not aware, I take Dr Bakili Muluzi as my own uncle because he was a friend to my late uncle Dick Matenje,” said Chikago.
Chikago stressed that he remain a members of opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
“Having re-joined the Malawi Congress Party-MCP and contested in the 19th May, 2014 General Election as its parliamentary candidate, I am still a member of the Malawi Congress Party,” he stated.
Chikago appealed “to those with vendetta against Dr Bakili Muluzi and his family is to desist from floating other people’s names in their fight against Dr Muluzi. My wife, children and myself continue to hold high respect to the former president vindicated by my stance against the Anti Corruption Bureau to use me as a false witness against Dr Muluzi.”
Another politician Humphrey Mvula, former UDF strategist, said he is currently on” sabbatical from active frontline politics”.
He said: “Yes, at the right time and at the opportune moment I will take a position as regards to my future political belonging.”
Mvula said he is contented with being a political activist or social commentator.
Former minister Sidik Mia also rubbished assertions that he will be party to the grouping, saying he quit frontline politics.
“It is absolutely not true that I am going to form new party. I am out of both frontline and undeground politics,” Mia said.
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