The entire ruling DPP constituency committee in Blantyre Rural East has announced their defection to the People’s Party (PP).
This, they claimed, followed the DPP parliamentarian for the area, Henry Dama Phoya’s recent announcement that he had joined the Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
Senior members of the committee, who included Governor Keson Mlapula, vice governor Mackson Chimbalanga, governess Mercy Nawanga and secretary Imed Osman told PP regional committee members who welcomed them at Mudi in the constituency that they did not seen any future in the DPP and hence their decision to join the PP.
“We’re convinced that at the rate politics is going in the DPP and the general breakdown of social and economic order, it is only the People’s Party under the able leadership of State Vice President Joyce Banda that can save this country from the dungeons of poverty.
“The ball is now in your court; support us as members of the PP and we can assure you of our relentless support,” secretary Osman told the regional members, who were led by provincial chairman Ali M’balaka and national director of women, Irene Liyabunya.
PP national Director of Religious Affairs, Reverend Malani Mtonga, who was a ‘guest’ at the function hailed the committee for the “wise decision” to support Madame Banda and her PP, saying the party has drawn up deliberate policies to bail out Malawians from abject poverty.
“The PP is currently in the process of launching the Tiuzeni Campaign where we would be asking for people’s input in our Manifesto. We want to have a Manifesto that truly represents the people’s needs and aspirations,” he said, explaining that people like them were an important link between the party and the masses “out there”.
Joyce Banda formed the People’s Party following her unceremonious expulsing from the governing DPP of President Bingu wa Mutharika in December 2010 alongside Mzimba West legislator, Khumbo Kachali.
Three other MPs from the DPP have already defected to the PP. They are Jennifer Chirunga of Zomba Nsondole, Anitta Kalinde of Thyolo South and Grace Maseko of Zomba Changalume.