Cabinet ministers and other officials from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) who are dumping their party and joining Peoples Party (PP) will have to undergo rigorous screening before being accepted into the rank and file of the governing party.
PP led by President Joyce Banda has a screening system for anybody who wants to join the party.
“Those ministers who are dumping DPP for PP should not think they will automatically be accepted. The party expects them to write applications and submit them to PP secretary general. Then PP will have to interview the applicants.
“After the interviews, PP will go to the constituencies of the applicants to ask the people there if they were consulted by the defectors,” a PP official said.
Even PP president Joyce Banda who is also the country’s president advised DPP defectors not to make their declarations on the radio but go to the party’s secretary general Henry Chibwana.
Banda wondered why all of a sudden DPP diehards, who were close to Mutharika and despised her, would today be praising her.
Ministers that dumped Mutharika immediately after his death included Sidik Mia, John Bande, Luscious Kanyumba, Ken Lipenga, Catherine Gotani Hara, Yunus Mussa and Catherine Gotani.
DPP secretary general Wakuda Kamanga condemned the conduct of the ministers dumping Mutharika and DPP before the burial of their president.