Harry Thomson back in politics, joins DPP

Veteran politician Harry Thomson, 78, who announced in 2009 that he had quit politics has swallowed his pride and joined the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)

Thomson who served as minister in various ministries during the Bakili Muluzi regime was welcomed into DPP on Sunday in Zomba by President Bingu wa Mutharika. Mutharika was commissioning construction of the
Blantyre-Zomba Road construction work.

Mutharika praised Thomson describing him as a “stable politician” who has vast experience to build the party.

Thomson: Joins DPP

DPP secretary general Wakuda Kamanga introduced Thomson and spelt out some of his achievements which included serving at SADC in the business sector and chairing the sector, chairperson at the Malawi’s Chamber of Commerce and serving as minister for Transport, Trade and Industry, Health and Minister without Portfolio.

He was also the first secretary general of the former ruling United Democratic Front.

In his speech, Thomson who comes from Chikwawa district urged Malawians to respect the president saying the presidency is an institution.

Thomson said Mutharika has developed the country and needs respect and support.

However, the clapping and ululation ceased when Thomson commented on the Constitution saying it needs to be respected.

“Don’t  we want our Constitution to be like that or there should be some changes? Do we respect the Constitution?” he said.

Thomson  resigned  from UDF in 2004 in protest over the nomination of Mutharika as UDF presidential candidate and joined NDA party which was led by Brown Mpinganjira.

He returned to  UDF in 2005 and by May 2009, he resigned from active politics.

Mutharika in 2005 charged Thomson with treason, after carrying a licenced gun to a meeting with the President.

He sued government and was compensated.

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