Malawi ruling Peoples Party governor defects to PPM

As Malawi is gearing up for next year’s tripartite elections, many things are emerging within political parties with some losing their senior members as others are gaining.

The latest was witnessed last Sunday at Ngazi Primary School Ground  in Mzimba where the ruling Peoples Party (PP) lost its Deputy District Governor, Julius Malinda Ndhlovu, who has defected to the opposition Peoples Progressive Movement (PPM).

As this was not enough another senior member from the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Burton Siyonani Phiri, also announced his defection to PPM.

The two said they decided to join PPM because they had seen that it was the only party with the welfare of the people at heart.

Phiri and Ndhlovu said they had joined PPM to help drive it towards forming the next government in 2014.

Munlo: PPM gaining ground
Munlo: PPM gaining ground

Speaking when he welcomed the two, the party’s Regional Governor for the North, Gift Chipofya, declared that PPM was the single party in Malawi with a clean record since its formation.

Chipofya then hailed the party’s President Mark Katsonga Phiri describing him as a dynamic and visionary leader who once voted into power in 2014, will transform the country as well as the welfare of its suffering citizens.

“The flocking of other politicians to PPM is a clear indication that we are set to go in government come 2014,” he said.

Commenting on the current hunger situation that has hit the country, Chipofya said once PPM takes over government, its leadership will ensure that agriculture is given priority with good investment in it.

When Nyasa Times tried to get comment from the ruling PP Provisional Chairman for the area Rev. Brown Soko on how the party feels to be losing its senior members when crucial elections are a few months away, his mobile phone could not be reached after several attempts.

But in a separate interview with Nyasa Times, PPM Director of Publicity, Redson Munlo, said the party was delighted to be joined by politicians from the ruling party.

“It’s not that simple for a politician from the ruling elite to join an opposition camp. This is something we cannot take for granted. It is actually a clear manifestation that people have lost trust in the ruling party.

“As PPM we are growing everyday and people have now realised that there are some opposition parties out there with leaders who have new ideas as well philosophies that can rescue them from their slavery in their own country. These people have had enough from these recycled politicians who change parties like shoes every time administration changes,” cracked Munlo.

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