The ruling Peoples Party (PP) deputy Publicity Secretary, Ken Msonda has withdrawn his challenge against Rumphi East primary elections results, pledging support to Kamlepo Kalua who had won ticket to represent PP as its parliamentary candidate.
Msonda, who came third with 700 votes against the victor’s Kamlepo Kalua 3000, said he has decided not to challenge the results for the sake of party building.
He pledged to remain in PP and support Kalua as Rumphi East PP’s Parliamentary candidate “in the spirit of party building, respect and love for the party and its leadership.”
“Upon giving it much thought, having consulted family members, relatives, political mentors and close friends, I hereby withdraw the dispute and concerns raised over Rumphi East Constituency primary elections,” reads Msonda’s letter in part.
Msonda despite finally conceding defeat stood by his earlier arguments against the primary elections results, saying the raised facts derived from manner the polls were conducted based.
“The concerns I raised were for the party’s benefit and not for personal political gains. Had the party taken heed of the concerns I raised on 23rd December, 2013 while Rumphi East primary elections were in progress, most of the challenges the party faced during the just ended primary elections could have been addressed and avoided,” he added.
When contacted on his current political stand, Msonda told Nyasa Times that he had considered all options before relenting on the primary elections results challenge.
“I remain a committed, dedicated and trusted Peoples Party member. It will be foolish to quit a ruling party and join the opposition or contest as independent. I am matured politician and am able to see things on bigger picture,” he explained.
Msonda argued that manner in which the elections were conducted was not democratic, free and fair.