Peoples’ Development Movement (PDM) members in Chitipa district have ignored calls by the party’s former Secretary General Harry Mkandawire to follow him to the Peoples’ Party (PP).
Mkandawire joined PP two weeks ago saying the party had the potential to unseat DPP from government in 2014.
He announced his defection during a PP rally in Mzimba. Mkandawire claimed that many PDM members in north were behind his move.
“Harry called me two days ago asking me and the whole district committee to follow him to PP. I had an emergency meeting with the committee to look into Harry’s request. People said he should go alone,” PDM District Chairperson Davies Ghambi said in an email response.
Ghambi said PDM is getting stronger by the day but the district committee lacked resources for holding regular meetings.
In another development, PDM sources disclosed that Mkandawire never communicated to the party his decision to leave but only requested if he could relinquish his position and become an ordinary member.
But in Mzimba, Mkandawire said another story.
“I consulted PDM executive members of my decision to join PP and they gave me their blessings. Now I will have to go to all districts in the north and explain to people the basis of my decision,” the former protégé of President Bingu wa Mutharika said.