The newly registered Peoples’ Party (PP) says it is waiting for endorsement from its national executive committee before it unveils its candidate for the Rumphi Central seat.
The seat fell vacant after the death of former minister of Health Professor Moses Chirambo in August 2010.
The Party’s provincial secretary Oliver Ndhlovu told a news conference when PP was welcoming into its ranks senior district DPP members who had defected.
The defectors included, Denis Kaunda, District organising Secretary, Steven Nkhoma District Youth Secretary and Ken Chauluka.
Since the July 20 demonstrations many DPP senior officials have quit the party as a safety precaution. They include Regional Treasurer Levant Mfune and District Governor John Goodwin Mvula
Ndhlovu said the party is harvesting more members from the DPP from areas, branches and districts.
“So far we are facing resistance from DPP constituency committees. Not many have defected to us,” he said.
Ndhlovu said the party did through consultations in indentifying the candidate and they believe he is the best.
“We cannot afford to lose the first time we fielding a candidate as a party. That is why we have gone to great lengths. Even if elections are held today in the northern region we are going to scoop all the seats,” he challenged.
So far PDM has Peter Chihana, DPP has Norman Nyirenda and Aford has Enock Chihana.—(Reporting by Collins Mtika, Nyasa Times)