Makwangwala set to join PP: ‘Will not retire from political life’

Former Secretary General for United Democratic Front (UDF), Kennedy Makwangwala says he will not retire from political life but only resigned from the party,which he is bitter with to the bone.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, Makwangwala hinted that he considering of joining the ruling People’s Party (PP).

”I am leaving UDF a bitter man because I was treated like a garbage,” said Makwangawala.

“How can I stay in a place am regarded as a foe. I feared for my life with the way some people in the party treated me. It was clear in black and white, am not wanted in that party,” explained Makwangwala.

He then accused the party of sidelining him on the executive committee appointments after losing out on the post of secretary general at UDF’s convention in October this year.

Makwangwala: On the move to PP

Makwangwala was outclassed by former Escom boss, Kandi Padambo who got 1,479 votes against Makwangwala’s 189.

”The elections at the convention were staged; the electoral commission was told to make sure that I should not win. Now am left out  of NEC (National Executive Committee] despite getting a good number of votes at the convention comparing to some of people drafted in the executive committee.

”We have tried to talk things out since October inorder to resolve our differences amicably, but some people in the party are not happy with my presence, hence the decision to resign”.

Makwangwala has hinted that he is considering joining PP and that more details will be known once he made up his mind.

In its reaction, the UDF has dismissed claims of staged elections,saying Makwangwala should refrain from making sentiments that have no basis.

”How could elections be staged when he was then secretary general and full control of the part? If he wanted to be part of executive committee, then he should have exercised patience and not making hurried decisions. Its not automatic that when one loses elections then will be given another post and Mr. Makwangwala should know it better. UDF is for everyone not a specific individual,” said UDF Publicity Secretary, Ken Ndanga.

On the move to PP, Ndanga only said ‘It is all about time’.

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