JB schools DPP on defections: ‘It’s sign of failed leadership’

Malawi President Mrs. Joyce Banda while admitting that the recent defections of senior opposition politicians mainly from Democratic Progressive party (DPP) have the potential to strangle the country’s democracy, said she cannot stop people from joining the ruling People’s Party (PP) .

Banda was responding to a question asked by Capital Radio journalist Timothy Kateta on what the Malawi leader make of the defections during a news  conference at hill-top  Sanjika Palace hat followed her arrival from the two official trips to Brussels, Belgium and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates..

“I’m equally shocked at the way things are unfolding in the country politically, all my life I have never seen a vice president and secretary general of one political party resigning within one week, it is really surprising,” said a visibly smiling Banda who was flanked by her deputy Khumbo Kachali, chief secretary Bright Nsaka, foreign minister Ephraim Chiume and Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu.

alawi President greets former Dpp Secretary General Wakuda Kamanga who has recently joined PP .-Photo by Lisa Vintulla/Mana

On the same issue, the President observed that such wind of defections of senior party gurus is a symptom of sick leadership within the former ruling party.

She therefore urged the DPP leadership to put its house in order in a bid to safeguard its membership.

“I, for one, can’t stop people from joining the PP, it is incumbent upon the leaders of affectted parties to find ways of controlling the exodus otherwise there is something they are running away from,” said Banda, adding “parties should make policies that will retain their membership.”.

The DPP has recently lost its key members namely former vice president Goodall Gondwe and secretary general Wakuda Kamanga respectively.

Meanwhile, Kamanga joined the ruling PP right away while Gondwe said he has does not want to be associated with any political party but did not hide his desire to work with president Banda’s administration.

On reports that she planned to rope in Gondwe into government, Banda said she met Gondwe, the former International Monetary Fund official and DPP Finance minister who told her that he has left active politics.

“The appointing authority for a minister rests with Joyce Banda and until Joyce Banda issues a statement, my Minister of Finance is Dr Ken Lipenga,” said President Banda.

She said Gondwe encouraged her to continue with economic reforms the country is implementing.

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