National campaign director for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Bessie Chirambo has resigned from the party citing pressure from people of Rumphi West who want her to contest as Member of Parliament as an independent candidate because the claims the DPP is not a party to reckon with.
Chirambo, who served president late Bingu wa Mutharika as an aide and nearly married with Peter Mutharika, told Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) that pressure mounted on her from the constituents to contest on an independent ticket.
“I will spill more beans in my coming rallies as to why I have resigned from the DPP after being in the party since 2005,” said Chirambo sounding frustrated.
Chirambo was reportedly in love with Mutharika that she was promised to be married hoping if DPP wins next year she would be First Lady but Mutharika is considering marrying another woman.
“I was one of the first eight people that were pioneers of the party. I rose through many ranks to the most recent one of national campaign director. But I can quickly say one is left with no choice but to walk out of a party whose president Peter Mutharika is adamant and ignores one region,” she said.
She claimed the DPP leadership has lost direction.
“The people of Rumphi West told me to dump the DPP if I want to win as a Member of Parliament. They said DPP has no place in Rumphi and even entire Northern region. I was also fed up with what was happening in the party. I could raise issues demanding the attention of the party president but he was not listening and sImply ignoring me. What kind of leader is that?.I now have peace,” said Chirambo.
She said Mutharika favours his southern region only in terms of provision of resources to the members of the party and that he would not make a good president with such favouritism.
There was no immediate comment from the DPP but its spokesperson Nicholas Dausi has said on several occasions that DPP is a democratic party and allows those who want to join or walk out of it.
A political commentator said it is bad news that key figures walk out of the party towards elections because that would take away votes from supporters.