Runningmate dumps presidential candidate Nnesa

Vice presidential candidate to President of Mafunde, George Nnesa, in the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections under the umbrella of Tisintha Alliance six-party coalition,  Reverend Sylvester Chabuka,  has resigned.

Tisintha Alliance has six parties which are, Malawi Forum for Unity and Development (Mafunde), New Republican Party (NRP), Republican Party (RP), Congress for National Unity (Conu), Malawi Democratic Party (MDP) and National Unity Party (NUP).

Chabuka, who is president of Conu, said he has resigned because the alliance has failed to meet expectations of his party.

“I cannot continue to live a lie that we are contesting with an expectation to win. We are just a statistic on the presidential ballot,” Chabuka told Nyasa Times.

Nnesa and Tisintha alliance members: Crisis
Nnesa and Tisintha alliance members: Crisis

Nnesa who has been one of the vocal legislators in parliament on matters of governance, accountability and human rights said he was “disappointed” with the withdraw of Chabuka.

Malawi  Electoral Commission (MEC) Chief Elections Officer, Willy Kalonga said on Zodiak  radio last Sunday that in the event that a running mate dies or resigns before the elections the commission would meet and decide the way forward.

Chabuka’s dumping of Nnesa comes days after 10 people defected from MAFUNDE to the ruling People’s Party (PP).

The 10, led by former Secretary General of the party, Levison Ganiza, unveiled themselves at a meeting with President Joyce Banda at the Sanjika Palace in Blantyre on Sunday.

Eight of the 10 defectors were present at Sanjika while two were not. The eight were Levison Ganiza, Edda Mhango, Grace Banda, Doreen Banda, Alice Njerenje, Richard Banda, Andrew Ntokota and Joseph Shaba from Chiradzulu, Rumphi, Mzuzu, Nkhotakota, Karonga, Lilongwe, Thyolo and Kasungu respectively.

Joseph Office and Rose Jeleni of Mchinji and Nsanje respectively were not present.

PP NEC members including Brown Mpinganjira, Ken Msonda, Etinor Koloviko, Peter Tchupa, Isaac Nyakamera and Paul Maulidi witnessed the official welcoming meeting.

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