The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has rejected some politicians who wanted to join the party and is considering others on whether to admit them in the rank and file, party spokesman has confirmed.
Accoridng to a list of people which DPP has rejected include suspended Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Jessie Kabwila and former adviser to late president Bingu wa Mutharika, Bessie Chirambo.
Kabwila has been rejected while MCP’s second deputy director for strategic planning Felix Jumbe has been approved to join DPP.
The ruling party has also snubbed Tony Ngalande of Balaka
DPP spokesman Francis Kasaila said the party had a process to vet members who wanted to join it and approved those that have been welcomed on Sunday at a rally.
“Those that were not acceptable we came to a conclusion that we should not approve their membership,” said Kasaila.
DPP has also put on pending names of some recycled politicians intending to join the party.
They include Brown Mpinganjira, Humphrey Mvula, Henry Phoya, Phillip Bwanali, Ireen Chikuni and Yusuf Mwawa, according to a list seen by Nyasa Times.
Meanwhile, Happy Kayuni, a political scientist based at Chancellor College in Zomba, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima), has said the defectors to DPP have no value to add to the party.
He told Capital Radio’s Daybreak Malawi program on Tuesday that DPP is “doing nothing so unique” that should attract membership.
Kayuni said those joining DPP are “pursung their own personal agenda.Nothing to do with really what Malawians are facing currently.”
During the Sunday rally some nomadic politicians who were unveiled as members of the DPP included former People’s Party (PP) publicity secretary Ken Msonda, former deputy speaker of Parliament, Jones Chingola, former minister of Foreign Affairs Etta Banda and former lawmaker of MCP who served as deputy minister in previous governments of DPP and PP, Bintony Kutsaira.
Others were former Chipani Cha Pfuko (CCP) president, Davis Katsonga, who is also Member of Parliament for Mwanza Central, Zomba Ntonya MP, Patrick Makina, and Lilongwe City Centre MP, David Bisnowatty.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :