DPP mocks PP for hiring Gwanda, Kamlepo: ‘They are mercenaries’

Outspoken Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesperson Nicholas Dausi has described a decision by the Peoples Party (PP) to hire veteran politicians Gwanda Chakuamba and Kamlepo Kalua to help them in campaigning for PP candidates in the forth coming Mzimba by-elections as laughable and illogical.

Dausi was reacting to reports that Chakuamba and Kamlepo have been paid by the ruling party to garner support for its candidates in Mzimba Central and Mzimba Southwest constituencies.

It is reported that the ruling party has come under intense pressure mainly from candidates who lost the PP primaries and are now contesting as independents.

Dausi: They are mercenaries

Dausi told private run MIJ FM’s Mwagalamuka Bwanji Amalawi morning program that the two politicians have passed their expiry date in politics and are merely political mercenaries.

“They are political mercenaries and I don’t think they will bring any difference to the ruling party, I don’t think people of Mzimba are that stupid to believe in whatever Gwanda and his friend tell them,” said Dausi.

He added:“It just shows how disorganized the ruling party is because it cannot even trust its own officials, anyway we’re not moved at all and we will meet on the ground.”

He also dispelled claims made by former advisor to late president bIngu wa Mutharia,  Mai Magrett Chiponda that it is by the grace of God that both president Mrs. Joyce Banda and vice president Khumbo Kachali are still alive today claiming that the DPP had sinister plans of eliminating the two.

But Dausi hit back at Chiponda accusing her of being a “political prostitute”who dumped the former ruling party even before Mutharika’s body was buried.

“Let her come forward with the evidence to prove her case otherwise nobody will take whatever she is saying seriously. She left DPP a long time ago and I wonder why it has taken her all these months to say that, anyway as a party we will not waste time with such kid of cheap political opportunists,” responded Dausi.

Dausi worked with Chakuamba and Chiponda in DPP and earlier in one party dictatorshipunder MCP.

Meanwhile, Kalua has defended his involvement in PP campaign saying it is his democratic right to associate with any political party and that he is practicing politics of tolerance.

“Nobody has paid us; we are indeed campaigning for PP candidates because we are satisfied with the direction the ruling party has taken in turning around the country.

“Previously, we had a regime that never believed in co-existence but the fact that we are able to share the same podium with the ruling party it means our democracy is maturing,” said Kalua who is president of  the file party MDP.

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