DPP defector Ngwira apologises for foul-mouthing Malawi President

Parliamentarian for Mzimba Hora Reverend Christopher Mzomela Ngwira who has dumped opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for ruling People’s Party has apologized to President Mrs. Joyce Banda for badmouthing her while he was in the DPP.

But Mrs. Banda said she does not keep grudges adding that if she was such a person then she could not have forgiven other politicians like Gotani Hara, PP Treasurer General Harry Mkandawire and PP deputy secretary general Frank Mwenefumbo.

“I welcome you with two hands. PP belongs to people and we have an open door policy. Let’s welcome everybody. If I have forgiven many people who wronged me then I expect all those members of PP to follow suit,” she said.

The President said this during the official opening of the 25 Km Ekwendeni – Ezondweni road on Sunday at Emuvuyeni in Mzimba.

President Banda said PP is a party that does not waste time in mudslinging, violence and politicking but concentrates on issues that affect Malawians.

Ngwira: Defects from DPP to PP

PP first national deputy director of Youth Steve Njobvuyalema told Nyasa Times that Reverend Ngwira and his former DPP group attacked the PP camp during campaign for the Mzimba by election in October 2012 but they did not retaliate.

“As PP youth we always follow the principles of non violence, tolerance and nation building. We do not waste time with trivia,” Njobvuyalema said.

Reverend Ngwira, who was presented to Mrs. Banda as a ‘a new year gift” by PP’s deputy secretary general Frank Mwenefumbo, said he did not believe that he would be accepted into PP.

Before his official acceptance into PP, Nyasa Times sources had confided that the PP politburo had nearly stopped him from joining its ranks due to what sources called ‘behavior likely to bring the Party’s leadership into disrepute’

Naumo ngamu nyozeraninge ine amama ,  I am happy that you have forgiven me,” said Ngwira.

Reverend Ngwira resigned from DPP at the dawn of 2013 citing personal reasons.

But in resignation letter, a copy seen by Nyasa Times, Ngwira said the decision to dump DPP was a hard one for him saying the former governing party had done a lot for him. He did not mention the type of assistance he got from the party.

But both DPP Vice President Dr Jean Kalirani and acting Secretary general Dr Allan Chiyembekeza insinuated in separate interviews that the defection was an attempt to have his charges dropped.

Ngwira was arrested on suspicion that he mismanaged the constituency development fund for Mzimba Hora constituency.

Chiyembekeza also faulted the parliamentarian for not being open enough with the party to disclose problems that led him to go.

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