Uladi, Zikhale deny planning to join DPP: ‘We’re winning with JB’

Home Affairs Minister Uladi Mussa and deputy campaign director for ruling People’s Party (PP) Dr Ken Zikhale Ng’oma have denied harbouring intentions of joining Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), saying they are prepared to celebrate election victory of President Joyce Banda next week.

There have been reports that DPP approached several politician in PP and others to bolster its presidential candidate Peter Mutharika’s campaign.

Party prolocutors on social media have been trumpeting that the party had netted President Banda’s want-away State Vice President Khumbo Kachali, Karonga central independent parliamentary candidate Frank Tumpale Mwenefumbo, wealthy businessman Sidik Mia, Zikhale Ng’oma and political orator Uladi Mussa.

Zikhale: DPP are living a lie, they will lose
Zikhale: DPP are living a lie, they will lose
President Banda and PP vice president Uladi Mussa: Get set for victory
President Banda and PP vice president Uladi Mussa: Get set for victory

However, only Kachali on Monday endorsed Mutharika in Mzimba but has since said he has not quit Banda’s PP for DPP.

Mwenefumbo told Nyasa Times that he cannot ditch PP for the “gravy train” DPP.

The Karonga politician said DPP approached him again but he turned them down, saying despite contesting as an independent he is backing President Banda.

Mia also snubbed the DPP and in turn on Thursday endorsed United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate Atupele Muluzi.

Zikhale and Uladi have also said that there is nothing sweet than being part of election victors with President Banda for them to contemplate defecting to the opposition.

“I cannot dig my own political grave by leaving the winning ticket of PP and President Banda last minute. That would be political suicide,” said Zikhale.

And Uladi described assertion that he intends to defect from the ruling party as a ploy aimed at causing confusion in the PP.

“There is no way I can join DPP which heading towards political dustbin after the elections. This is the elections for President Joyce Banda to get her own mandate and we are ready to help her develop this country.

“DPP should see how we are going to develop this country and not their autocracy and stubborn leadership,” he said.

Uladi said Malawians are not ready to ensure another DPP reign of obstinate leadership.

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