UDF loses central region committee to PP

Malawi politics continue bringing changes each and every passing day since the death of former leader Bingu wa Mutharika and the ascending to power of President Joyce Banda with many people defecting to the de facto  ruling People’s Party (PP).

As many leaders and members of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) announced their defection soon before Mutharika’s burial, the United Democratic Front (UDF) has not escaped the wind of change with the whole Central region committee announcing their joining of PP.

Leading the committee during the welcoming function held at PP central region headquarters in Lilongwe, UDF deputy national organising secretary Levy Luwemba said they have decided to join PP because of the participative and inclusive style leadership which President Banda has displayed.

Luwemba: Defects to PP

“Our joining of the People’s Party is not under influence of any politician neither are we following any particular individual. We would want to help building our nation,” said Luwemba.

Luwemba, franked by UDF central region governor Samson Mazengela, party district leaders from Dowa, Lilongwe, Ntcheu and Salima said PP’s policies and ideologies most especially the championing of women empowerment are among some issues that have moved them to do so.

“We would like to join the bandwagon of people who have demonstrated good will to contribute towards the development agenda in improvement of social economic development of the country. We have the faith in PP and hope that it is only in PP where adherence of the rule of law would be realized.

“We would like to contribute in whatever small way we can in making PP a bigger institution in the country. I will not labour you with faulting our previous party because I don’t think this is a right forum for that. The best we can do is to find ways of making sure that we use all our energy in serving the party, we promise we will be servants of the party,” he said.

Taking his turn, PP Director of Research Clement Stambuli  formerly of UDF, said it is good news now that a lot of Malawians are joining PP.

“We are happy to such a powerful force joining hands with our party, it just shows how some people are determined to contribute to the development of this nation. We were all fighting the same enemy, for the same cause which was to see Malawi liberated from the political turmoil we were in.

“In politics, every  vote counts and for development, every hand and human counts. We have to know that PP has never won any election and our wish is to win the 2014 general elections. So we will need each and every support and roping in such a powerful force is a very big plus to us,” he said.

Among others, PP officials who attended the function were Salim Bagus, Paul Maulidi, Kizito Ngwembe, Paison Kaisi, Steve Mwenye and Clara Makungwa.

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