The People’s Party (PP) Central Province Vice President Dr Cassim Chilumpha has, with immediate effect resigned from his position and also withdrawn his membership from the party.
In an exclusive interview with Nyasa Times, Chilumpha said he reached to that decission following the remark made by PP Deputy National Director Annie Chidewa that President Joyce Banda does not want Chilunpha.
Chidewa, who accompanied Minister of Justice Fahad Assan in primary election campaign for Nkhotakota Centra, where Chilumpha is MP, told the people that Assan is the endorsed candidate by President Banda.
“Our president has been telling us that she wants Assan to stand on a PP ticket not Dr Chilumpha, so as the party we will make sure to that her wish is fulfilled,” she said.
Re-acting to the remarks, Chilumpha said it is very unfortunate for the party to pass the message through that channel.
“This has come as a shock to me, for the past I have been hearing it as a rumour. To me, democracy means people must be able to choose, so if people are being endorsed, then it means I can no longer continue serving as PP Vice president and I resign.
“It is only fair and right for me to do so that I should give the president favoured candidate a chance to serve.
“I joined PP with one reason that I could serve the president so with this situation it means I can no longer serve her,” he said.
Chilumpha said he is not going to stand on a PP ticket during the forthcoming elections.
The former State Vice President however said he was saddened with undemocratic tendencies in the ‘cashgate’ riddled ruling party.