Kamlepo formally joins Malawi ruling PP: ‘No chance for opposition’

Political rabble-rouser Kamlepo Kalua on Saturday formally announced his joining of ruling People’s Party (PP) at a political rally attended by President Joyce Banda and her deputy Khumbo Kachali in Chintheche, Nkhatabay.

Kalua, who is one of the politicians who played a significant rule in the fight for multiparty democracy, was leading a tiny Malawi Democratic Party (MDP) has since the ascendancy of President Banda in power been supporting the governing party,  was welcomed in PP by the President.

Speaking after being unveiled to the crowds, Kalua said opposition parties in the country have tough elections ahead as combination of him and other PP members spell doom for them.

Kalua said he has been in opposition for so long and knows a good leader, saying President Banda has demonstrated to be a leader that Malawi needs.

President Banda and Vice President Kachali inducting Kamlepo in PP colours
President Banda and Vice President Kachali inducting Kamlepo in PP colours

“I have joined this party today because I see there is bright future in PP and in Dr Joyce Banda,” said Kamlepo.

“I am sad that people cannot appreciate what this strong woman has managed to achieve in just nine months of being in office,” he said

Kalua noted that during the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regime, the country was facing a lot of challenges ranging from lack of fuel, forex and the sick economy, but said just a day after Joyce Banda became President, things started improving.

He said President Banda has displayed mature and tolerant leadership since she has been at the helm.

He urged the people to support President Banda during the next year’s elections.

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