The People’s Party (PP) of State Vice President Joyce Banda on Thursday welcomed into its ranks Ken ‘Chitatata’ Msonda, former United Democratic Front (UDF) deputy publicity secretary.
At an event that took place at the party’s national headquarters, Nancholi, in the commercial capital, Blantyre, the VP said she welcomed Msonda into the PP wholeheartedly and expressed hope that the “foot soldier” brings with him a lot of political value.
“I must explain it to you, however, that the People’s Party is just that, the party that serves the people; as leaders, we are not masters but servants of the people,” said Banda, amid a deafening applause among the scores of PP supporters who graced the occasion.
Banda said her PP’s overriding agenda is to eradicate poverty and that it is launching “Timve Kwa Inu” (let’s hear it from) initiative where it would solicit people’s input into the party manifesto.
“The people themselves will have to articulate the various problems affecting them politically, socially and economically,” the first woman State Vice President in Malawi said.
Banda also bemoaned the erosion of democratic values in the country and urged on both old and new members to work tirelessly to “restore democracy, which is under threat”.
In his remarks, Msonda said he was humbled by the presence of the VP at the function.
“I have decided to join the PP; the party whose agenda is politics of inclusion and not exclusion; collectivism and not individualism; the party that has the welfare of the people at heart and the party that is geared to fight against poverty through rural and industrial development, job creation, economic empowerment of the poor and underprivileged, infrastructure development; the party that does not believe in politics of nepotism, regionalism and tribalism,” Msonda said.
He said he saw in Banda the next leader of this country and that assertions that the country is not ready for a woman President are “a deliberate distortion of facts; a political propaganda by those who feel you’re a threat to their political ambitions”
“Even in the Biblical times, there was a woman ruler in Africa—Queen Sheba who visited King Solomon (1 Kings 10 v 1 – 5). In Liberia, Brazil, Germany, women are Heads of State,” said the political rubble rouser.
Msonda announced on Monday that he had resigned from the UDF but fell short of announcing his new destination until the Thursday’s event.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :