People’s Party (PP) of Malawi President Joyce Banda has received a boost with the joining of three members of parliament Henry Duncan Phoya, Cassim Chilumpha and Uladi Mussa.
The three have announced their move at a news conference held at PP headquarters in Blantyre.
The news conference was attended by State Vice President Khumbo Kachale.
First to address the journalists was Chilumpha, former State Vice President, who says it is the “right time” to work with President Banda.
“I have no choice but to join People’s Party,” he said.
Chilumpha argued that he cannot work effectively with government without joining PP.
He informed that he has resigned from United Democratic Front (UDF) where he was aspiring to run for presidency.
“I have withdrawn my membership from UDF and joined PP,” he said.
He urged all UDF members to “join hands” with President Banda to solve the challenges the country is facing now.
Chilumpha said his leaving UDF “does not mean there is anything wrong with it.”
On his turn, Uladi Mussa who has been president of Maravi People’s Party (MPP) said he is being convinced with President Banda’s leadership, the way she has started since ascending to the top job.
Uladi said he and the entire membership of Maravi have decided to change political goal posts and join PP.
He said in politics “one has to work with a friend not stranger.” Uladi said late president Bingu wa Mutharika was a stranger to Malawi politics.
Uladi said he does not want to support dynasty in political parties, citing DPP and UDF.
“President Banda needs the support of everyone in the country if we are to forge ahead with development. We need all to work together if we are to deter DPP’s coming back to power. God has made it possible for Here Excellency Joyce Banda to rule this nation,” he added.
Taking his turn was former Justice Minister, Henry Phoya who is Blantyre Rural East MP.
Phoya who was expelled from DPP and later joined Malawi Congress Party (MCP) said he has joined PP.
He said his short stint in MCP has been hell as not many members welcomed him except its president John Tembo.
Phoya, who thanked the PP rank and file for welcoming him, said he is talking to some MPs who will soon come in public to announce their joining of PP.
Others who announced their membership were DPP parliamentarians Peter Nowa, Nazir Pillane, Catherine Gotani Hara and Ralph Jooma.
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