Msonda quits UDF because of frustration

Frustration has played a major role in forcing Ken Msonda the deputy publicity secretary of  Friday Jumbe-led  United Democratic Front (UDF) faction to announce his resignation from the party and politics as a whole, Nyasa Times has learnt.

Nsonda announced on Tuesday through various local radio stations that he has resigned from UDF and quit the politics because he felt being “used” by fellow UDF officials.

Long-overdue

The rubble rouser politician also said the decision was made long time ago but his colleagues in the party were refusing to let him go because of his crucial role in the party.

Msonda: Quit

“I feel it’s now time to call it quit and I have no intention at the moment of joining any political party. I better concentrate on my own things,” Msonda said.

Reacting to Msonda’s move an official in the Jumbe-led UDF camp confided in Nyasa Times reporter that Msonda has resigned after being quizzed by some top brass in the faction over his intention to join the Kennedy Makwangwala-led UDF camp.

“We received information that Msonda called Makwangwala on phone on Saturday 7th January asking Makwangwala to book him an appointment with retired UDF chairman Bakili Muluzi at his BCA house where he wanted to ask Muluzi to consider him to join the Makwangwala- led camp ” , said the official.

Muluzi had however snubbed Msonda’s request and told Makwangwala to tell him that he has no such powers in the UDF this time because he retired from politics.

“When we asked him to defend himself on the reports, Msonda looked ashamed and said he did not know what he was doing and insisted that we should tell him the sources of the information to which we refused”, said the official.

Ever since, the officials said Msonda began leaving in isolation “so the news of his resignation has not come as a surprise to us”.

Mercenary

Some irate UDF officials, last week nearly beat up Msonda while others literally spat on him at the High Court premises in Blantyre after the court vacated the injunction which his grouping had obtained in a bid to restrain the UDF from holding its national executive meeting which Makwangwala had proposed.

They accused Msonda of inflaming divisions in the party through media statements he was making alongside the faction’s second vice president Humphrey’s Mvula.

He and Mvula have also been accused of pocketing money from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party officials to de-campaign and frustrate Muluzi’s son Atupele who has expressed interest to represent the party in 2014 polls.

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