Rocked by mass defections of senior officials, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is set to lose yet another senior official, Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba.
The former spokesperson of the late dictator, Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika, is making moves to defect to the governing People’s Party (PP).
According to impeccable DPP sources, Ntaba has already communicated about his intentions to the acting President of the DPP, Professor Peter Mutharika and other senior party officials. Ntaba could neither confirm nor deny his intentions.
Sources in the PP have also confided in Nyasa Times that Ntaba has made several attempts to meet President Joyce Banda to ‘request’ to be admitted into PP but it is not clear if an audience had been granted or not.
“Malawi is a democratic state; the Constitution, within the Bill of Rights, is firm on the right to freedom of association,” said Ntaba.
The medical doctor, famous for spinning Mutharika’s propaganda on public MBC radio and television, will bring to three the number of most senior officials of the opposition DPP who have defected since the party’s lackluster performance in the recent two Mzimba by-elections on October 9, 2012.
On Thursday, October 11, 2012, the former First Vice President of the DPP, Dr. Goodall Gondwe announced his immediate resignation from the former governing party.
He was followed by the party’s Secretary General, Wakuda Kamanga, who went on to announce he had joined the People’s Party.
Gondwe has hinted he would work with the PP Government should he be invited.
DPP Second Vice President Dr. Jean Kalilani has alleged the PP is on a “shopping spree” of DPP senior members to help Government repair the economy, which she alleged was not in good shape.
At a recent press briefing where she was flanked by other senior DPP gurus including Patricia Kaliati, Songazaudzu Salijeni and Dr. George Chaponda, Dr. Kalilani said the defections would not deter them from “getting back into government.”
On other hand, PP spokesperson, Hophmally Makande told Nyasa Times in interview the ruling party has an “open-door policy” and that anyone from any other political can join the party as long as they are prepared to share in the PP’s ideology and ideals.
Makande said President Banda, who is also the President of the PP, has not hidden the fact that all Malawians and members of other parties are welcome to work with the PP.
“ If anyone thinks it is time to join the PP, let them come and help President Mrs. Joyce Banda build a better Malawi for all,” said Makande, himself former Deputy Secretary General of the UDF.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :