Veteran political enthusiast, Margret Chiponda, on Wednesday said the People’s Party (PP) doors were open even to those who thought they had fallen out of the President’s grace referring to herself as an example.
Chiponda made the call at M’bang’ombe Primary School in Lilongwe City North Constituency where President Dr. Joyce Banda held a developmental rally ahead of the May 20 elections.
She described Dr. Banda as a true mother who was accommodative and forgiving, citing her past “sour” relationship with the President and how the Malawi leader later accommodated her as an example.
“I urge you all out there not to be shy: PP’s doors are open for everyone. Come and join us in PP,” said Chiponda, and added, “I can testify to President Dr. Joyce Banda’s accommodative and forgiving heart because I was not in good books with her before she attained the presidency and I did not know where to begin from when she rose to power.
“But I eventually pluck my courage and went to meet her the day she was sworn in and she welcomed me. That is not easy when one takes into account that I had stayed for years without talking to her – no person can be more forgiving.”
She urged the rest who were still hesitant to follow her example, saying it was wise these days mita kumaionera patali (meaning one should have a foresight of good things ahead).
Chiponda said President Banda’s charisma was evident on the morning of April 7, 2012 when a number of top officials from the former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government joined her at a press briefing she had held in Area 12 in Lilongwe.
She further urged the people of Lilongwe City North Constituency to vote for Joyce Banda for President and PP candidates for parliamentary and local government seats.