The governing Peoples Party (PP) has denied that Mzimba South East lawmaker Rabson Chihaula Shawa has been their member.
This followed an announcement Shawa made last Sunday at the upper Mzuzu stadium during a mass rally opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 2014 standard bearer Peter Mutharika held.
At the rally, Shawa announced that he has defected from the PP with an immediate effect to rejoin DPP.
Shawa went on to apologize to the DPP leadership saying he regretted his previous decision and said his return to the former ruling party was based on democratic principles.
However, the PP has reacted angrily saying Chihaula has never been part of the party’s rank and file.
PP deputy publicity secretary Rev. Mhone went as far as questioning whether Chihaula was a parliamentarian in the National Assembly.
“To begin with, the name Chihaula does not ring a bell, we have database of all our members and Rabson Chihaula Shawa’s name is not appearing on the list so I don’t know about him and I have never heard of him.
“I was surprised to hear that he announced his resignation from the PP because as far as I know we have never had a member vis a vis parliamentarian answering to that name. If at all it is true he was in PP who welcomed him and where? “ questioned Mhone in an interview monitored on local radio MIJ FM.
Mhone therefore observed that Chihaula Shawa is out to seek for political favours.
Added Mhone: “What I can say is that the Shawa guy is trying to make a name by associating himself with us otherwise I’m very much certain that he was never our member.”
However, Nyasa Times findings indicate that Chihaula joined the bandwagon of legislators of that defected to PP soon after the death of president Bingu wa Mutharika.
It has also been established that during the just ended parliamentary sitting, Shawa throughout the budget session was sitting on the government side.
The ruling PP, an off-shoot of DPP, became a ruling party automatically after its founding leader Joyce Banda took over the presidency following Mutharika’s demise.
Since then, battle lines between the two parties have been drawn and analysts predict that scores will only be settled after the 2014 elections.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :