Phoya will regret joining MCP, says Katsonga

Leader of the yet to be registered Chipani Cha Pfuko (CCP), Davis Katsonga, says his former cabinet colleague, Henry Duncan Phoya (HDP), will  live to regret joining main opposition Malawi Congress Party.

Katsonga told a radio interview that “MCP is a regional party” and that the Blantyre Rural East Member of Parliament should not have gone there.

“Do you really see the Malawi Congress Party of today, as it is,  allowing somebody else to come in and play the issues the party has got to handle equally with a new face, I don’t think so,” Katsonga told Capital FM Straight Talk programme aired on Thursday.

“The joining of Honourable Phoya would prove my point,” he said, adding “honourable Phoya is going to regret joining MCP.”

Phoya: Shaking hands with MCP president John Tembo

Katsonga said: “I know MCP very, very well. Time will tell, he will not like it. It’s a regional party.”

Phoya, the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, who was fired from Malawi’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in July 2011, said he joined MCP because he believes it is the only party that exhibits the same passion he has for Malawi.

The respectable politician said he  is not interested in any political experiments  – “in the form of new political parties, and untried, untested and inexperienced politicians” -at the expense of the country.

Phoya, expelled in the DPP as director of legal affairs after he criticised the party for passing bad, is widely believed to have leadership skillsand that he is presidential material that the nation currently needs.

Katsonga, quit the DPP last year calling it a sinking ship and rejoined United Democratic Front (UDF) which he had also ditched and announced leading CCP .

He has however courted controversy by attacking all opposition political leaders including State Vice President Joyce Banda and her People’s Party, saying he doesn’t trust her as “a politician and a human being”.

But People’s Party hit back in a statement that talking bad of fellow opposition leaders is “lack of political maturity.”

The statement challenges Katsonga:”Would he be comfortable if fellow politicians start talking about allegations on the reasons he fled the United Kingdom and found himself in France; the allegations that led to the visiting British Minister’s refusal to meet him when he was Foreign Affairs Minister in the DPP administration?”

It was apparently referring to a story that  Katsonga has  a sex shame past  which earned him jail in  1992  in Britain after being found guilty of bribing and blackmailing social worker when their illicit relationship ended.

But Katsonga said he considers himself as a much ” focused politician.”

Meanwhile, political commentators  are urging Malawians to be wary of recycled politicians who jump from one political party to another.

“Unless Malawian open their eyes, the only change they will get is recycling the same shameless politicians,” one analyst told Nyasa Times.

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