Ex-minister regrets joining Peoples Party

Former Deputy Minister of Transport and Public Works in the Joyce Banda’s administration, Chimango Mghogho, has said she regrets having joined the People’s Party (PP).

Mughogho, who was Member of Parliament of Chitipa South (Nthalire) said since she joined the Peoples Party, President Banda had never trusted her.

“And I don’t know why.  No wonder I lost the primaries on the PP ticket because I lacked support from the party because for one to win he or she needs the support and backing of the party,” the soft spoken Mughogho told Nyasa Times.

The former deputy minister was one of the dozens of opportunistic politicians who dumped the then ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to join PP following the sudden demise of former president Bingu wa Mutharika.

Chimango Mughogho: I regret
Chimango Mughogho: I regret

Asked why she felt sidelined by PP, Mughogho said: “There were speculations that I will be a running mate of UDF President Atupele Muluzi which was not true and I believe that could be the reason.”

She however described the development as unfortunate because she never got contacted by Atupele anybody from his party on the matter.

After tumbling in the PP primaries, Mughogho decided to quit the ruling party so that she contests as an independent candidate for the area (Chitipa South Nthalire).

Mughogho however expressed optimism that she would make it for the second time to the august House come May 20basing on her popularity and the development she has brought to the area.

Among others, she challenged that she was the only Member of Parliament in the Northern Region who has managed to construct a sports stadium, a market and bus depot in her constituency after the Clinton Hunter Foundation withdraw from the projects.

“Clinton Hunter Foundation abandoned the projects in the area but I managed to push government to complete the projects when I was Member of Parliament. Before I became MP there was no telephone network but now there is good network coverage, people are communicating without facing any hiccups,” she boasted.

She said once elected into Parliament after May 20 elections her next task would be ensuring that Nyika road to Nthalire is upgraded to tarmac to ease transportation problem during rainy seasons.

Mughogho won the Chitipa Nthalire Constituency on an independent ticket during the 2009 polls before joining the DPP before defecting again to the PP in September 2012.

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