A former official of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has defected to the ruling Tonse Alliance major partner, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
The defection of former governing DPP deputy national director of women, Hyasinta Chikaonda comes barely weeks after the MCP also welcomed former UTM regional governor for the centre, Daniel Mlomo.
This comes as some experts believed the popularity of the MCP and President Lazarus Chakwera is going down because of the escalating rise in cost of living.
The event to welcome Chikaonda was held on Saturday at MCP headquarters in Lilongwe where central region Chairman Patrick Chilondola officially welcomed Chikaonda.
Chikaonda said she has decided to dump her party because she wants to support the current leadership in transforming the country.
“I have decided to take up another challenge; I have returned to my original party. I am ready to render my full support to the current government,” she said.
Chilondola believes Chikaonda’s return and other people’s desire to join MCP speak volumes about the confidence they have in the party’s leadership.
“When a lot of people are joining a party, the party becomes strong on the ground; so, we are happy with Chikaonda’s return,” he has said.
In the 2019 parliamentary election, Chikaonda competed in Dedza East on a DPP ticket and, together with four others, lost to independent candidate Patrick Bandawe.
Chikaonda served as Dedza East MP from 2009 to 2014.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :