Nepotism, PP compared to ‘Animal Farm’: NEC member Kaisi quits

Director of international relations Omar Paison Kaisi has President Joyce Banda’s People’s Party (PP)of displaying nepotistic tendencies  forcing him to resign from his position and withdraw his membership from the party.

Kaisi said PP has been promoting candidates in tripartite elections who are either directly or indirectly related to the presidency.

“If it’s not a sister, it has to be an in-law, a nephew, a neice, a son or close friend of the leadership,”   he claimed.

Kaisi: In PP some people were more equal than others.
Kaisi: In PP some people were more equal than others.

He said the PP and government machinery has been “hijacked” by family members “who are calling he shots.”

Kaisi compared PP to George Orwell’s Animal Farm, saying in the political grouping, some people were more equal than others.

“The circumstances under which this resignation is presented are quite clear to the party suffice to say that People’s Party has violated one of its cardinal pillars of its existence, that is equity in which I believed too,” Kaisi wrote PP in his resignation letter.

The former national executive committee (NEC) member accused PP for not following one of its principles of equity by nullifying primary elections results in Mangochi East Constituency where he contested.

He alleged that the party was favouring another candidate who lost to him.

Kaisi said the PP rejected his primary elections victory opting to field Ibrahim Daudi Nyenje “on the account that he is a loyal” member.

Former PP vice-president (Centre), Cassim Chilumpha was the first high-profile personality to resign from the party accusing the President of favouring Justice Minister Fahad Assani who he was to compete against for the candidacy of Nkhotakota South parliamentary seat.

Another vice-president (South) Sidik Mia also resigned last week.

Former deputy minister of Transport and Public Infrastructure and Nsanje Lalanje MP Sam Ganda and First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jones Chingola, who is Ntcheu Central MP,  have also dumped the party  and declared they  will contest as independents.

Mzimba Solola member of Parliament (MP) Ackim Mwanza on Tuesday also ditched PP in protest over the party’s decision to endorse a candidate who finished third in the primary elections in the constituency.

PP deputy publicity secretary Ken Msonda said the party is not shaken with the developments as it is aware of “intensive political engineering and re-engineering “ ahead of May 20 elections.

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