Embattled Alliance for Democracy (Aford) president Enock Chihana said he was paid a courtesy visit by People’s Party (PP) president Joyce Banda at his Rumphi Central residence by has it was a normal visit and not renewing the electoral alliance.
PP and Aford had a working alliance prior to the 2014 Tripartite Elections as Chihana served as a Minister in Joyce Banda’s Cabinet between her 2012 and 2014 rule.
Chihana said Banda visited him at his house on her way from Bolero where she went to console the acting Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe.
“It was a normal visit. No crucial issues were discussed,” said Chihana.
He described the talks at the house as “casual.”
Chihana also disowned a statement circulating on social media portraying that Chihana had settled for PP for an alliance, saying it is “fake and cheap propaganda.”
Meanwhile, Aford which was split by immense power struggle for six months, will not field a presidential candidate during the May 21 highly contentious tripartite election.
Spokesperson for the party Khumbo Mwaungulu also said Aford will not hold party primaries to identify parliamentary and local government candidates.
“We will not field a presidential candidate, instead we will support an opposition candidate. As an opposition party, we feel we need to join forces with other opposition parties to field one candidate if we are to dislodge the ruling DPP [Democratic Progressive Party] from power,” said Mwaungulu.
Mwaungulu however could not say which opposition candidate Aford will rally behind during the unpredictable elections.
He said instead of holding party primary elections for its parliamentary and local government candidates, the party will just identify the candidates.
The Aford spokesman did not give reasons for this but Karonga central MP Frank Mwenifumbo who bowed out of the party presidency tussle, said this was undemocratic move.
“All candidates need to undergo party primary elections, this is a democratic way of selecting people for various elective offices,” said Mwenifumbo.
He said the issue should be put forward to the national executive committee (NEC) to debate the issue and endorse the idea.
“If this is from NEC, I do not have any problems but the democratic way was to hold the primary election just as we elect party leaders at a convention,” he said.
The party said it was not going to hold another convention as ordered by the High Court in Lilongwe because it had no money.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :