Tension has started heating up in People’s Party’s (PP) Chitipa South (Nthalire) constituency after the party’s Provincial Chairperson for the north, Brown Soko imposed current sitting MP, Chimango Mughogho Gondwe on the constituents.
Soko together with Gondwe and PP Region Secretary, Good Kaira on Friday held a rally in the constituency where, among other things, he threatened to expel any party member supporting aspiring MPs in the area.
Soko imposed Gondwe on people as only legible person for the Parliamentary seat and one to represent the party in the 2014 General Elections, the development which has thrown some aspiring MPs off balance as their hopes to represent the party come 2014 whirled into oblivion.
Gondwe defected from DPP to PP two months ago amid Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) investigations on allegations that she forged MSCE certificate of her sister, Wezzie Mughogho who is currently working as a nurse outside Malawi and later presented it to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as a qualification to partake in the 2009 general elections.
Some of aspiring MPs, who expressed their frustrations to Nyasa Times in reaction to Soko’s action, described the imposing of Gondwe on people as detrimental to the party’s future.
“The Provincial Chair has stopped us from doing any development work in the constituency, saying its only the sitting MP who is responsible for constituency development projects, but the question is, where was her all this time we have been holding the affairs of the party when there was no PP MP in this area?
“We feel are denied our rights to express our interest and support our constituency. If this is to happen the whole country, then I don’t think the party will win in the next general elections because you don’t impose someone on people. Let people choose,” explained one of the aspiring MPs.
In reaction, PP’s deputy spokesperson, Ken Msonda while dismissing the act of imposing MPs on people, advised the party officials to work together in order avoid creating unnecessary tension in the area.
Msonda said since the party has not held any primary elections to select its 2014 shadow MPs, there was a need for current MPs to work together with aspiring individuals for the best interest of the party.
“AS a party we cannot expel people because they are supporting somebody who is interested to represent us come 2014. Legally, the current MPs are ones holding the Parliamentary position until their period is finished. And until then I will advise the party officials to ensure that both aspiring and current MPs are working together,” Msonda said.
Msonda said if any person would like to conduct development activities should do so in the name of the party not individually.
“To avoid creating confusion, all those aspiring to contest in the 2014 primary lections should they need to construct or conduct any development initiative, should do so in the name of the party. We can’t allow people doing things individually when there is PP sitting MPs in such constituencies.
“They rather do that under the banner of the party. But in the areas where there is no sitting MP for PP, then people are allowed to conduct any development activity but in the manner that does not destroy or demarcate the party,” he added.
PP has only one legally voted MP in Parliament, others have been defecting to the party since President Joyce Banda got into power in April this year following the death of former President late Bingu wa Mutharika.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :