University of Malawi’s Chancellor College political science associate professor Blessings Chinsinga has condemned politicians who continue nomadic political membership, calling them unprincipled.
Since the official announcement of the death of former president Mutharika and Banda’s subsequent ascendancy to the presidency, there have been numerous pronouncements from Cabinet ministers and MPs from the DPP to support Banda’s PP government.
The recent defections saw lawmakers Henry Phoya, Cassim Chilumpha and Uladi Mussa joining PP.
The three prominent and seasoned politicians announced their defections from their parties on Thursday morning at a press briefing which was called by Vice President Khumbo Kachali held at the Peoples Party headquarters in Blantyrre. They were later appointed into the cabinet.
Others who announced their membership were DPP parliamentarians Peter Nowa, Nazir Pillane, Catherine Gotani Hara and Ralph Jooma.
“Our political parties and our politicians do not have principles,” pointed out Chinsinga on Daybreak Malawi programme on Capital FM.
He said the defections on most of the politicians are “not based on principles but rather on greed.”
Several MPs have been reportedly trying to meet President Banda and many went to radio stations to announce their defection to PP.
Phoya recently joined Malawi Congress Party (MCP) but justified his move to PP saying his joining of MCP was part of 2014 elections strategy, saying “God in his wisdom had other plans” on regime change.
MCP spokeswoman Nancy Tembo said the party respect Phoya’s move, saying “I don’t think we can be grudging if he has decided to move one.”
And Chilumpha said he has joined PP from UDF “to work, participate and get involved in solving the nation’s problems.”
Chilumpha said he can do that effectively if he was in the governing party.
UDF top official Humphrey Mvula said Chilumpha had given notice to the party about his defection and called it “in order.”
“There is political ground shifting,” said Mvula, adding “We will continue working with PP.”
Renowned human rights activist Billy Mayaya said the era for political opportunism is over and that the expectation of Malawians is to see high level of transparency and accountability in the new system.
“While we agree with the new President’s call for national unity, national unity can only be achieved in the context of justice and the rule of law,” said Mayaya. “National unity does not suspend the inevitability of justice, transparency and accountability. Anything less will be perceived as a betrayal of the public trust.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :