Davis Chester Katsonga was on Saturday elected as Chipani Cha Pfuko (CCP) president at a convention held at Malawi Post Office Conference Centre in Blantyre.
Katsonga emerged winner after getting 240 votes against his only contender’s Baton Phiri 10 votes. Hardson Mphepo pulled out of the contest despite earlier interest.
Phiri is former Umodzi Party’s Secretary General.
Katsonga told Nyasa Times that the party’s executive had agreed not to form any alliance with other political parties in order to measure its strength during the May 20th tripartite elections.
“The party now is strong; people are joining us in multitude following our good policies that will develop this country. But in order to measure our strength on how we will fair during the forthcoming elections, we have decided not to forge any partnership with other political parties,” said Katsonga.
He however said the CCP would be forced to consider alliance offers if other parties show interest but ruled out the ruling People’s Party (PP), which he described as a Cashgate party.
Katsonga disclosed that on Wednesday February 5th the party will collect its nomination papers to the Electoral Commission.
“We are not afraid of any party; I think others will be afraid of us now after our successful convention”.
Chipani Cha Pfuko held its convention a week after People Progressive Movement (PPM) owned by Katsonga’s brother Mark Katsonga Phiru held its convention at Comesa Hall in Blantyre where he was endorsed president unopposed.
The two brothers are bitter rivals.