Chaima Banda leaves MCP for People’s Party

Aspiring presidential candidate Chris Chaima Banda , who returned home  two years ago  from years of self exile to edge  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president John Tembo out of power , says he has defected to People’s Party (PP) of President Joyce Banda.

Chaima was in  a group of MCP Young Turks that was plotting to wrestle power from Tembo.

He told Nyasa Times on Wednesday that he has withdrawn his MCP  membership and now  seek membership of PP.

Chaima said for now, as a “measure of respect”  for many who have dedicated their true and full commitment to the continued existence of MCP and “to whom I am very grateful because upon my arrival from England in 2010, they embraced me as their political son” he will not dwell on the negatives “being perpetrated by a few individuals in MCP” that have forced him to leave the party.

He said he has been attracted by democratic values of PP.

Chaima Banda: Joining PP

“ The People’s Party has been developed on the platform of democratic value; this has been demonstrated by the way it has reached out and touched the lives of the poor even before it came to power,” he said.

“ Its decision making processes have shown that the leadership is mature and foresighted. It also shows that the party has quickly understood that in order to grow, the party has to align itself with the overriding national demand by all Malawians for deep rooted democratic values in political institutions.”

Chaima said  PP has demonstrated that it understands that Malawians will no longer   invest their trust in parties that are driven by undemocratic values. It is clear that parties driven by autocracy deny citizens an opportunity to freely articulate their demands for a better quality of life.

He also showered praise to President Banda, saying she has  directed the PP on the path of her passion;.

“Immediately after its formation the PP embarked on uplifting the lives of the elderly by building them houses, providing food and other needs to prison inmates, donation of material to areas affected by natural disasters and feeding the sick in hospitals. This is new in Malawi and is in complete contrast to other major political parties, where they have been making money for the extravagant consumption of a few party elites.,” noted Chaima.

He said the distribution of power across the nation, an aspiration to equitably distribute wealth and opportunities has lured him to PP.

“  I have worked in the British Government as a Policy Development Specialist for ten years under the Labour Party Government. During the time the Labour Government had set EQUITY as a platform through which government Socio- economic interventions could help in achieving an equitable United Kingdom through transformation of the Social Welfare systems to raise the living standards of the low income families without discrimination.

“Through this experience, I have first hand evidence of how this cornerstone may deliver opportunities to many  Malawian families if married to appropriate socio- economic policies.”

MCP secretary general Chris Daza said Chaima was exercising his political rights to be a member of  a party of his choice and wished him “good luck.”

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