PP scrambling for aspirants in the north, demanding fuel

Peoples Party  (PP)officials in Mzuzu have shared aspirants among themselves whom they have been vigorously campaigning for so that their chosen aspirant emerge as the torch bearer during the forthcoming primary elections and subsequently the parliamentary candidate in the 2014 tripartite polls.

In the Mzuzu City Constituency, so far it is an all male race comprising Leonard Njikho, Burdens Mfungwe, MacHellings Kayala, incumbent MP Professor Peter Mwanza and Bennex Mwamulima.

Meanwhile, the party has dissolved all area committees in the northern region and is demanding fuel from aspirants so that it establishes new committees.

Sources said the party had many fake area committees because MPs had established their own areas independent from those recognized by the party.

Mwenefumbo: Let aspirants contribute to the party
Mwenefumbo: Let aspirants contribute to the party

“Individuals should not own party structures. It is selfish. Therefore what we are doing is to invite all stakeholders and establish new areas acceptable to all so that we minimize disagreements and conflicts,” the Party’s Provincial Chairperson Frank Mwenifumbo said.

In Mzuzu so far two aspirants have contributed over MK100,000 to the party’s coffers and the remaining are expected to contribute not less than MK30,000 each, according to our source.

Mwenifumbo backed the demand for fuel saying the party is not a profit making organization hence needs support.

“There is nothing wrong with that. Party members must be able to support the party. It also reflects party ownership,” he said.

Investigations reveal that at provincial level some officials are backing Bennex Mwamulima and Burdens Mfungwe, while at district level some are behind Leonard Njikho and Bennex Mwamulima and at constituency level officials have targeted incumbent MP Professor Peter Mwanza, Bennex Mwamulima and Leonard Njikho.

Investigations also disclosed that some aspirants are using Provincial Youth executive member Ken Stonya and District Religious Affairs director Isaac Chiume to have the constituency office dissolved because it seems to be putting more weight on Njikho than Mwamulima who the duo are supporting.

Both Stonya and Chiume could not be reached for comment.

Mwenifumbo has condemned the practice saying it is against the party’s policy.

“It’s wrong. Aspirants must campaign for themselves until the party conducts primary elections. The party will only campaign for the person who will triumph at the primary elections,” Mwenifumbo said.

He said all aspirants must be treated equally saying, “No official whether at provincial, district or constituency level should favor any aspirant.”—MEC Stringer

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