Majoni quits MCP, joins Malawi ruling PP: Kabwila says its ‘cleansing’ time

Former  deputy Speaker of Parliament who once served as Malawi Congress Party (MCP) secretary-general, Beston Majoni has resigned from the party to join the ruling People’s Party (PP) following the resignation of MCP secretary general Chris Daza.

Majoni told Nyasa Times on Friday evening that he had resigned purely on principle and conviction.

“It is with deep regret that I have resigned from MCP on a point of principle and conviction, I have decided to resign from the party with immediate effect and now am joining PP,” Majoni a veteran politician, said.

Majoni blames the Lazarus Chakwera’s leadership as being the source of his decision to quit MCP, saying he is practising politics of exclusion.

Kabwila (Left): MCP not fazed with the defections

Chakwera is the party’s presidential candidate for 2014 tripartite elections.

However, MCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwila said the party respects the decision of some of its members to leave.

Kabwila said the party feels MCP is undergoing “cleansing “process.

“MCP is owned by people most of whom are in rural areas and they have not gone anywhere,” Kabwila said.

Kabwila said MCP remains strong.

But the party’s Deputy Campaign Director, Joseph Njobvuyalema has also hinted that he could be on an exit door, saying he is not excited with his current position in the party.

The outspoken Njobvuyalema hopes he will be considered for the now vacant position of secretary-general.

First to quit MCP was Daza, who has been appointed as Minister responsible for Good Governance in the Office of the President and Cabinet and was officially welcomed in the ruling party at a rally President Joyce Banda addressed in Ntchisi Thursday.

There has also been some officials dumping MCP, who include Central Region Youth Director, Ndekhantani Kalimwendo.

Kalimwendo attacked Chakwera describing him as being selfish and stingy.

Majoni: Now PP

However, Kabwila, in an interview said the oldest political grouping does not believe in hand-outs and does not have resources to be feeding people during its rallies.

“What our President is now doing is going around the country to find out and see for himself the challenges people are facing. He does not have money like our friends in government who are privileged with cash gate.”

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