The People’s Party (PP) Deputy Publicity Secretary, Ken Msonda has said the door is open for anyone who wants to challenge President Mrs Joyce Banda on the party’s presidential candidature during their convention.
Msonda said in an interview that PP is a true democratic party which is why it is encouraging the party’s members to vie for any post including that of the torch bearer during the convention slated for this month end.
“No-one is stopping any party official from challenging President Joyce Banda on the presidential candidature, even myself, I am encouraged but only that the party gurus are afraid to challenge her,” said Msonda.
He further said the reason why many officials are failing to declare their interest for the hot seat is because of what has been happening in other parties where anyone who wanted to challenge the party’s president would end up facing repercussions.
“This is not what any member should expect because even the president herself has said this several times that the door is open for anyone to contest for any position, including that of president,” said Msonda.
However, Associate Professor of Political Science at Chancellor College, Mustapha Hussein has said it is not good for a party to go for a convention with one aspiring presidential candidate.
“This is not good for democracy because in a convention, aspirants are expected to compete in an election where the people would come up with an office bearer of their choice,” said Hussein.
PP will be going for a convention on 27 August this year where delegates are expected to elect a presidential candidate to represent the party in 2014 general elections.
There will also be contest for other positions.