DPP won’t miss ‘spent-force’ MP Namakhwa, says Winiko

Malawi former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has spoken on the resignation of one of its Parliamentarian, Kingsley Namakhwa who has since joined the ruling People’s Party (PP), arguing he is a “spent-force” and will not miss him.

Namakhwa, Member of Parliament for Thyolo Central, announced his resignation from DPP on Monday, pledging support to President Joyce Banda and PP on argument that development activities suffered in his area because he was in opposition.

However, in exclusive interview with Nyasa Times, DPP’s deputy Publicity Secretary, Bon Kalindo marvelled at Namakhwa’s departure, saying it will give others, willing to join the party, opportunity to take up the challenge.

Achita bwino achoka, anzawo apeze malo (It’s good he left, others will fill the void). It only shows how democratic Malawi is; he is allowed to exercise his right to join any party of his choice,” said Kalindo.

Bon' Winiko' Kalindo: Namakhwa exit is good riddance
Bon’ Winiko’ Kalindo: Namakhwa exit is good riddance

Kalindo, popularly known as Winiko in entertainment circles as a top comedian, argued that the once ruling party will not miss Namakhwa’s services and described him as a “spent-force who will offer nothing new to PP.”

Kalindo said: “DPP will not disband just because Mr Namakhwa has left, in fact it will be stronger than when he was around. Mr Namakhwa is not DPP, and therefore the assertions that his departure will weaken the party, are unfounded”.

Namakhwa became second Parliamentarian to dump DPP in less than a week. The party has faced massive exodus in the recent past. Last week, Lilongwe South MP Agnes Penemulungu  – who was with late president Bingu wa Mutharika before his death on April 5 last year – also ditched the party to become an independent.

Namakhwa told the local media that he would like to serve his constituencies better as chiefs were in a dilemma when was in opposition.

He could not say if PP has accommodated him, saying “We are discussing at party level, but will work with them inside and outside Parliament”.

And PP’s deputy Publicity Secretary, Ken Msonda has since welcomed Namakhwa into the party fold while poking fun at those still remaining in DPP.

“Here comes Namakhwa, what about you still remaining, when are you joining us? Come and join us before it is too late. Forget about DPP, it will never rule this country again maybe after 50 years,” said Msonda mockingly.

But Kalindo said Msonda  is “out of his senses” to make such remarks.

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