Disgruntled former Nkhata-Bay North West followers of Peoples Party (PP) have asked ex -Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara to completely detach away from the governing party and stand as independent Member of Parliament for the area in next year’s tripartite elections, alleging PP has failed them.
The followers, who three weeks ago denounced their membership from PP made the plea on Sunday at Mpamba primary school ground when Kasambara held his first political rally since his 33 day detention in the cooler.
Led by former constituency’s chairman Manfred Lungu and 25 traditional leaders, the supporters said it is only proper for Kasambara to completely quit from PP and represent them as an independent candidate.
“People must know that the party was popular here not because we loved PP or President Joyce Banda but rather because we liked the way Kasambara conducted himself. It is for this reason that we ask him to out rightly quit from PP and stand as an independent parliamentary candidate,” said Lungu amidst applauses from the hugely packed ground.
He further said it is bizarre for Kasambara to continue clinging to the party when he was unfairly deposed of his national director of legal affairs in the party.
“Why should our son continue serving a party that has harshly treated him? He was suspended without hearing his side of the story. This is why we are asking him to be independent from the party because we know that he has been left out, but surely he will triumph in the elections,” said Lungu.
Speaking earlier, chair lady for the area, Ida Banda conquered with Lungu’s sentiments claiming all constituents in Nkhata-Bay North West are behind Kasambara.
“We stood behind PP throughout because of you our son, and now that the same party has dumped you, we want to assure you that the whole constituency is behind you. You have shown us all the characteristics of a good leader,” explained Banda.
In his speech, Kasambara, who was on Saturday awarded a doctorate degree by an Israeli University, and was carried shoulder high for about 500 metres by the enthusiasm filled crowd said there is nothing he can do apart from accepting what his constituents are requesting.
“What else can I say apart from accepting what my constituents have told me. I cannot do anything contrary to what my constituents have told me to do. I will follow their wish,” said Dr Kasambara, one of the prominent lawyers and a Senior Counsel.
He further expressed sadness over massive looting of public coffers at Capital Hill, now dubbed cash gate, saying it is worrying that some people plundered from the public purse while ordinary Malawians continue to leave in abject poverty.
Kasambara distanced himself from the public financial looting, saying he knows nothing on the loot.
“I know nothing on the looting and was surprised to see that I was being arrested. For now, I know a lot has been said, but maybe at a later stage when it becomes necessary, I wil speak out,” concluded Kasambara attracting wide scenes of applause.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :