Mzimba Hora Parliamentarian, Reverend Christopher Mzomela Ngwira argues he was forced to dump Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and join the governing People’s Party (PP) to salvage his political career after being threatened with criminal prosecutions, Nyasa Times has been established.
Ngwira, earlier this month quit DPP, the party he joined after winning as independent candidate in 2009 general election, and moved to PP in a decision he said was personal.
However, a thorough look into the letter Ngwira wrote to DPP’s acting president, Peter Mutharika seen by Nyasa Times, the legislature sounded to be at pain and was forced to quit the party just to protect his political life.
In the letter, dated December 30, 2012, Ngwira said had no option but to defect to PP and asked the once ruling party to understand the predicament leading to the resignation.
“I may mention that you can be assured that I will always cherish your generosity and the way you stood by me with personal support when I faced testing times. When I consider all these things, it does not make this decision any easier. However, when contemplating my future, there is a heck of things to take into consideration.
“For instance remaining within the party as the situation is with me means the end of my political career. By joining the Peoples Party (PP) to which am heading now, does not mean things are going to be rosy either, but when I weigh my options, who knows, just maybe the odds are going to work in my favour,” reads part of the letter.
Ngwira was, last year, arrested on suspicion that he mismanaged the constituency development fund for Mzimba Hora constituency mounting to K130, 000.
And DPP Vice President Dr Jean Kalirani and acting Secretary general Dr Allan Chiyembekeza in an earlier interview with Nyasa Times, insinuated his defection was an attempt to have his charges dropped.
“Mr. President, as a politician, I know that you will understand my predicament, however hard it may be to the DPP. As politicians, survival is what we crave for at the end of the day. And I am no exception. You will also understand that I come from a region where political dynamics are very radical and you first have to go with the current.
“Politics, being the game that it is one has neither permanent friend nor enemies but we do have the permanent interest that one should survive and achieve goals in life. My hope is that you take this negatively. Who know, by the twist of fate, we may find ourselves working together again,” further reads the two-paged letter.
In an interview, Ngwira refused to expound on details in his letter, arguing his arrest was propagated by some people with ulterior motives.
“If you have the letter that’s better for you, but just understand that I love to keep the reasons for my defection to myself. And am surprised that am implicated in mismanagement of constituency development fund when I spend more than that every time I visit my constituency. Do you think I can steal K130, 000? Somebody just fabricated that case but am innocent,” Ngwira explained.
In the letter, Ngwira said the decision to dump DPP was a hard one for him saying the former governing party had done a lot for him. He narrated how grateful he was to the party including its former leader late President Bingu wa Mutharika for everything good done to him.
He was the party’s regional governor for the northern region till the day he resigned.