Aford members demand convention, threaten to join other parties

Some members of  Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) members in Mzuzu on Tuesday threatened to defect to other political parties especially if the National Executive Committee fails to call for a fresh convention by the end of this year tp elect office  bearers.

Aford members addressing a news conference in Mzuzu on Tuesday

The irate members who claimed ti be Aford Mzuzu dostrict committee leaders , held a news conference  where they said time is running out for the party to prepare for the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

The group’s chairperson  Stanford Mvula said they want to see the party leadershio  in place by January and take party in next year’s elections.

“We want to know our candidates. If there are problems the NEC should update us but staying silent means the convention future is crippled. Therefore if the party fails to hold convention before the end of the year we shall join other political parties,” said Mvula.

He said lack of leadership is killng the party.

In his remarks, Mzuzu district chairperson Rev. Chimwemwe Chilembe said the party’s leadership has failed them and the delay to hold convention has already forced some members to join other parties.

But Aford  spokesperson Khumbo Mwaungulu said  the party has no money to hold fresh convention in such a short period and that there were waiting for its current president Enoch Chihana to come up with the decision.

He also said that  those threatening to quit Aford  are just used by some power hungry individuals within the party.

Aford was the party that laid the foundation for multiparty rule and democracy in Malawi starting out as an underground political movement by exiled Malawians, among them, pro-democrcay hero late Chakufwa Chihana.

Political observers say the bone of contention between the two aspirants for the position of president of Aford, Enoch Chihana and Frank Mwenifumbo is not about wanting to represent the party in the May 21 2019 elections but really about hunger and greed for power.

Aford has become so irrelevant that what is stake is personal glory and power more than political relevance.

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Chidi Mbwengu
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Chidi Mbwengu

Frank and Enoch have had their opportunity in political cycles. They have stolen this in case of Frank mainly when he was deputy Minister of agriculture. He made millions from printing couples and sold for cash which was able to build his mikoma lodges. He bought cars for hire at kayelekela. Supplied all sorts of stuff to kayelekela. Bought houses, plots etc. If I were him I would have focused on growing his business empire. But because he has no university degree he lacks business acumen and hence clinging to politics for his survival. Both are there for pure greed… Read more »

Old Timer
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Old Timer

Enock Chihana should have drawn lessons from Uhuru and Kaunda Junior. From Kaunda he could have learnt that political parties are not farms that you can put in a will for your son. I was reliably informed that Kaunda’s party in Zambia has one Counsellor only. It lost of all MPs. In short the party is dead. Uhuru saw this and didn’t want to inherit his dad’s party. Instead he formed his own after Nyao (Daniel Arap Moi and Kibaki). The young Uhuru knew the oldest party would be scrambled by old guards. He has survived politically and can easily… Read more »

Namaseko
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Namaseko

Are people still holding on to Aford????………come on now for what?

Vinjenje
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Vinjenje

Namaseko,you wanted them to hold on to DPHWIPHWI

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