United Democratic Front (UDF) Balaka North member of Parliament (MP) Lucius Banda says he is not against the working relationship between the UDF party and the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) but that he is just demanding that there should be ” some benefits ” attached to the arrangement.
Banda, who has been in the media asking his party to pull out of the relationship with the DPP told the state run Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC) in a recorded interview that it is not true that he was against working with DPP.
” Not even once have I ever said am against the relationship but rather am puzzled with the way it was initiated,” said the MP who is also a legendary musician.
“ Am one person who believes in writing , putting things in order for the future, for posterity sake,” said Banda.
Asked why he has opted to express his misgivings through the media other than engaging the UDF party leadership, Banda said it was actually the journalists that has been going to him and that he has never gone to media himself to talk about the issues.
“Whatever I have said are issues that were simply responded to questions like you are asking me now. I have not said categorically that am against it, no, not at all,” he added.
However, this could be a change of heart from Banda has been in the media lately demanding that UDF should pull out of the relationship altogether.
On Tuesday the party issued a statement where it advised Banda to avoid presenting his grievances through the press.
Banda has refused to be part of the coalition since its inception, describing it “unreasonable” and refused to sit on the government benches when UDF MPs were ordered by the party to relocate.