Former Secretary General for United Democratic Front (UDF), Kennedy Makwangwala has joined the ruling People’s Party of President Joyce Banda.
Makwangwala left UDF weeks after he lost his seat at the national convention. He was outclassed by former Escom boss, Kandi Padambo who got 1,479 votes against Makwangwala’s 189.
He announced on Thursday that he is now in the orange zone and pledged loyalty to President Banda.
Makwangwala said was motivated to join the PP due to President Banda’s positive style of governing the country.
He said Malawians have embraced the ruling party on account of its development agenda.
In his welcoming remarks, President Joyce Banda urged party members to work with Makwangwala, saying he is a man who would take the party to another level. The President described Makwangwala as a mature politician who would help in the development of the country.
“Let me welcome Mr. Makwangwala to the ruling party. Let’s work with him and others that have joined us for the betterment of our country,” President Banda said.
She appealed to those that would want to join the party to do so, saying in unity there is strength and that the sole purpose of her administration is to ensure and improve people’s livelihoods.
The President re-affirmed her commitment to serve Malawians, saying she wouldn’t get tired to explore all measures that could uplift the welfare and bring hope to Malawians.
“As a President of this country, I will never tire to work hard and explore new ways of empowering Malawians so that they live a better life,” she said.