The move by one of the independent parliamentarians who have joined the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Allan Ngumuya contradicts his earlier stand on party politics.
Ngumuya earlier told a privately owned Capital radio when he was campaigning for the parliamentary seat that he will never join any party if voted into parliament, saying party politics has always brought division among people hence affecting developments of the areas.
But when reminded by the same radio station on his earlier statement, on Tuesday, Ngumuya trashed his earlier remarks saying it was made is a rush.
Ngumuya said he has now realized that it is only through party politics that would bring development in the area.
“I am convinced that by joining a party I will have development in my area. I will not be looking at anyone’s’ political affiliation when pushing for the development of the areas,” he said.
Ngumuya said by joining the DPP he is in no way taking people of his area for granted saying he consulted them before making the decision.
“I called for a meeting with my constituents soon after being sworn in as a parliamentarian where I told them about my decision to join the party to which they all agreed,” he said.
Ngumuya is among 19 independent parliamentarians who have joined the ruling people’s putting the number of DPP legislators at 69.
Four other independent parliamentarians joined the opposition Malawi Congress Party recently.
The MCP which is the leading opposition party in the national assembly has now 52 parliamentarians.