DPP rebuffs Zikhale Ng’oma: ‘Malawi political prostitution must stop’

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has rebuffed Ken Zikhale Ng’oma who resigned as deputy campaign director and withdrew his membership from People’s Party (PP).

Ng’oma announced his resignation from PP on Sunday before revealing he has rejoined DPP on grounds that both parties have similar ideologies and that President Peter Mutharika is accommodative.

Zikhale: Told not welcome in DPP
Zikhale: Told not welcome in DPP
Nankhumwa: Zikhale not welcomed in DPP
Nankhumwa: Zikhale not welcomed in DPP

But in an exclusive interview with Nyasa Times, DPP’s spokesperson and Minister of Information, Kondwani Nankhumwa said the party would not accept Zikhale Ng’oma in its realm.

Nankhumwa, however, said Zikhale Ng’oma branded as an opportunist by the former ruling PP, would be welcome to work with government whilst in opposition.

“He has not joined DPP and we will not accept him. This is the position of the party and government. We recognize his wishes, but he can still work with us while still in opposition,” said Nankhumwa.

Nankhumwa said Ng’oma who has become a ‘political nomad’ by jumping from party to another, doesn’t need to dump the opposition side, arguing “Everyone has obligation to work with government of the day.”

“It’s not true that he has joined DPP. It will be better if he remains in PP because he won’t be accepted in DPP as well as government rank and file. We will advise him the same once he officially approaches us.”

On Sunday,  Zikhale claimed that time has come for Malawi to have very few political parties before PP Publicity Secretary, Paul Maulidi branded him a frustrated recycled politician and opportunist.

Maulidi said PP has accepted his resignation and interest to rejoin DPP, arguing “he is an opportunist who wants to be associated with every governing party. You should also know that some people are likepolitical whirlwind; they just want to be associated with ruling parties.”

Zikhale lost Parliamentary elections in Nkhata Bay constituency under PP ticket. He was one of the DPP founders in 2005 and was its first secretary general.

He left the party to form New Republican Party (NRP) with Gwanda Chakuamba only to return to the party just before the 2009 general elections. He later joined PP after its founder Joyce Banda became president.

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