150 DPP members defect to AFORD over Wa Jeffrey ‘insulting’ remarks

Over 150 members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Karonga, led by deputy director for the youths in Karonga North West constituency Petros Mtonga, on Wednesday defected to Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) over what they call “insulting remarks” against them by Jeffrey wa Jeffrey – DPP’s secretary general.

Aford members led by Mrs Tadala Chihana

Controversial Jeffrey wa Jeffrey said during a political rally she held in the district recently that North Malawi should forget of producing a president for the country.

Speaking during a press briefing announcing defection Wednesday, Mtonga said they believe joining AFORD will make the party mighty again, and will help in making sure that people of the region are not looked down on.

“We were die-hard [members] of the DPP but Jeffrey wa Jeffrey’s remarks are beyond our control,” said Mtonga.

He added: “We’ve been inspired, among others, also by [Frank] Mwenifumbo who was also a senior member of the DPP but has now joined AFORD to help not only North Malawi but the whole country become great again.”

Over 3 000 PP members join AFORD

At the same presser, deputy regional governor for the northern region in the People’s Party (PP), Bentry Winga, also announced that he and 3 000 other PP members has also joined AFORD.

Winga said the defection was because of the party’s “weakness” in the region.

In his remarks, DPP deputy regional governor for the northern region Smart Kayira admitted the developments were recipe for disaster for the ruling party.

“If the SG [Jeffrey wa Jeffrey] will not apologise for this, DPP should expect the worst from the north,” Kayira told Nyasa Times in a telephone interview.

In his remarks, Frank Mwenifumbo – legislator for Karonga Central who also joined AFORD at an event in Lilongwe recently – said he was “happy” with the developments.

“I’m here in Lilongwe, but I’m happy to hear that communities back home are behind me,” he said.

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Black Power
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Reading the comments here shows that the level of tribalism in this country is alarming. Dangerous talk like this will lead to tribal wars. It starts from the leaders themselves, the fact that our own president is so tribalistic, won’t even consider a person from the north as his vice president. I am from the south and i have stayed in other African countries but it is here in Malawi that i get shocked when we treat our fellow Malawians like this. Jeffrey is an ignorant fool and her careless remarks have caused her party a lot of damage. Some… Read more »
Malawi
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Kodi a DPP matukutuku amenewa kuyamba kusankhana mitundu mulimba? Kodi nde kuti siili mu Malawi kodi anthu aku mpoto mumawaopa chani? Kodi aMalawi ndinunso osiyana? Kodi mukayamba nanga a pakati nawonso akayamba zawo chifukwa ndidzachidziwikire sikuti nawonso amasapota chipani chanu. Ndichifukwa mwaitutumuka game mufuna muphatikizane ndi a UDF kuti mudzapeze mavoti ambiri.

winston msowoya
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MR.SATANA,I write what I believe and cherish contrary,you write what you do not comprehend.What I understand from your narration is that I was not correct what I wrote about 150 people who defected from your Destructive Peoples Party.Let me be clear,I did not mention MPs,I mentioned people in general so please do not put words into my mouth which I did not write.Another thing to correct you is that NYASATIME media is not biased as you have written in your rebuttal.The Media is doing just fine in African standard.What you want is for the media to write what your misguided… Read more »
imbombo
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Pachoka nzako pali malo. Muwonanso ikadzayamba kampeni ndiye mudzadziwe wankulu ndani
Akakhala a Mwenifumbo akudziwa kuti Ku AFORD kuli madeya apeZako mpando Ku exco pamene Ku DPP kAPENA MCP Iwo ndi mphwemphwa. Ndiponso mudziti abwerere Ku AFORD.

santana
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Mr Winston Msowoya, it is a pity that you don’t know what you are commenting at. In the first place we don’t have evidence about the number 150 which is said to have defected to Afford. Secondly ,150 will not change any political muscle for AFFORD , a party which dying slowly.Thirdly there is nothing bad Jeffrey’s speech unless you tell Malawians any party from the north which can contest and win the elections. Is it not surprising you Msowoya that Afford a party from the north has less MPs compared to DPP which has its base in the south?… Read more »
KUCHITHEKETE
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ONCE UPON A TIME CHIHANA, THE PRONENT OF AFORD BROUGHT A SENSE OF HOPE UPON MALAWIANS. HE POISED AS A LIBERATOR. INDEED MALAWIANS GAVE HIM THE SUPPORT HE DESERVED. HE SWEPT OUT ALL PARLIAMENTORY SEATS IN THE NORTH. NOT ONLY THAT BUT ALSO IN PART OF KASUNGU AND NKHOTAKOTA AT THA CENTRE BUT HE FAILED TO WIN THE PRESIDENCY SADLY. SO HE STARTED MESSIN UP HIS POLITICAL CAREER BY PARTNERIN WITH PARTIES WHICH HIS SUPPORTERS DID NOT LIKE AND THEREFORE MASS EXODUS, BY THE TIME HE DIED, THE PARTY HAD ONLY TWO SEATS. SINCE THEN IT STRUGGLES, THIS TIME IT… Read more »
be humane
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mwachita bwino atumbuka kupanga chipani chanu. tikuonerani paja simuchedwa kukangana. we are watching. anthu oyipa inu. Malawi cannot be ruled by a tumbuka. too much nepotism and you can move even the capital to Mzuzu. mwauppnda zitukwanizanani ku AFORD KONKO

Alfred Minjo
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Khalani choncho. Ndiye mudziti mulamulira dziko. Mwaponda la mphawi. Anthu osayamika inu. Tikuonerani ndithu come 2019.

hej
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WHAT IS AFORD…IDAKANIKA KUWINA ITAYAKA MOTO 1994 KULI CHAKUFWA CHIHANA PANO NDIYE INGATANI,MUSAMANAMIZANE KUMPOTO KUMENEKO SIMUNGAWUTENGE U PRESIDENT UNLESS MUPANGE KADZIKO KUMPOTO,,,,BWANJI MUMADANA NDICHILUNGAMO IM 100% SUPPORT FOR JEFFREYS APRESIDENT MSAMUCHOTSE MZIMAYI AMENEYI ALIBWINO NTCHITO AKUYITHA IWO AMAFUNA MUNTHU OTI AZIGONEKA CHIPANI ASAMALANKHURE

winston msowoya
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The momentum gained by AFORD using DPPs own blunders,is an indication that the people of Malawi are not ready to be used by tribalistically motivated DPP hence,the national progressive reactions from Songwe to Nsanje and Chidzumulu to Chipata.The ractions send messeges of good hope and of a united Malawians of all affiliations.The hitherto DPP SG and her bedfellows,want to divide our nation for their own interests,but the people have openly spoken,this is a wakeup call to the tribalistically and regionalistically leaders like Peter Muthalika who himself has an American citizenship,of course,he has nothing to loose for he has fat bank… Read more »
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