Barely days after Malawi’s governing People’s Party (PP) lost its Vice President Dr Cassim Chilumpha, Nyasa Times has gathered that three senior cabinet ministers are flirting with the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and in a bid to join it.
Sources privy to the matter said the cabinet ministers have already met MCP President Dr Lazarus Chakwera to discuss their intentions to join the country’s oldest political party.
According to Nyasa Times information, the minister repositioning themselves include Ken Kandodo for Defence, Lands and Housing’s Henry Duncan Phoya and John Bande of Mining.
“The ministers are not happy with the plundering of public resources by Peoples Party officials and do not give it any chances of remaining in government so they feel the best for them is to leave the party to maintain their integrity,” said a source who asked for anonymity.
Kandodo has allegedly been spotted several times in the company of MCP senior officials at Lilongwe and Kalikuti Hotels in the capital city.
Phoya briefly joined MCP from the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) before ditching it for the ruling party.
The source said President Banda was aware of the impending crisis and was currently busy mapping the way forward.
Kandodo was reportedly requested by his family members and MCP supporters from his district Kasungu to join the party which ruled Malawi for 31 years under the autocratic rule of first President Ngwazi Hastings Kamuzu Banda who also comes from Kasungu.
Kasungu is MCP’s stronghold and Kandodo is Member of Parliament for Kasungu Central Constituency.
“The move is delaying because the President has been pleading with them as she feels their defection will completely incapacitate the party ahead of the May 2014 Tripartite Elections,” he explained.
While Kandodo and Phoya could not be reached for their comments, Bande described the news as pure fabrication.
“Those are just fabricated stories, those who are spreading it just want to confuse the electorates,” said Bande one of Malawi’s longest serving cabinet ministers.
Bande stressed his loyalty to President Banda and the PP, saying he would not ditch the orange party.
The Capital Hill plundering known as cashgate has dented the image of President Banda’s administration.
In another development, former Finance Minister, Ken Lipenga, who was fired amid the cashgate scam, is highly linked to reunite with his former party DPP where, prior to his defection to PP, he served in various capacitiesFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :