The spokesman for opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) , Nicholous Dausi, has hit back at President Joyce Banda observation that defections of senior members is a sign of “failed leadership” in the party.
The DPP has recently lost its former vice president Goodall Gondwe and secretary general Wakuda Kamanga respectively.
Kamanga has since joined the ruling People’s Party (PP) while Gondwe has quit front-line politics but will continue to serve as a lawmaker for the remainder of his term up to 2014. Gondwe however, did not hide his desire to work with President Banda’s administration
President Banda called on the DPP to put its house in order by making policies that will retain its key members.
But Dausi told Voice of America (VOA) on Monday that DPP remains a strong party, saying the former ruling party is going through what he called a “political metamorphosis” whereby its members are exercising their “ constitutional inherent right to freedom of association.”
Dausi said the DPP is stronger in that it has almost 78 members of parliament, and the party is “ the only hope for Malawians.”
He told VOA: “Barometer of power strength lies on the new vibrant people who are joing the party from the grassroot.”
Added:“I don’t think it’s fair to say that we have a failed leadership. I don’t think that’s fair to say that our house is in disarray. In any case, so many members of parliament have left People’s Party to join DPP, to join the opposition. We haven’t said that is a sign of failed leadership. We feel if members of parliament are leaving People’s Party to join DPP, in our view, it is sign that we are strong and we are the only party that can be counted.”
Asked what is his view on multiparty democracy in Malawi during President Joyce Banda’s leadership, Dausi said it is strong but hopes the ruling party will not coerce opposition members to join the ruling party.
“The multiparty democracy, in our view as opposition is strong. We are only hoping that the government will not give so many incentives or will not coerce and create something that will make the opposition, namely its members to leave the party,” Dausi said.