UTM north treasurer defects to DPP ahead of Karonga Northwest by-election

In a sudden twist of events, the UTM Party regional treasurer (N) Lusubilo Kamwambi, young brother to the fallen Member of Parliament for Karonga Northwest constituency James Kamwambi has dumped the party and swiftly defected to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in readiness for the forthcoming by-election slated for March 30, 2021.

Kamwambi holding a mic reading out his resignation letter-Photograph by Jordan Simeon-Phiri

In his resignation letter addressed to the party’s regional governor Dr. Moses Malunga, Kamwambi cites lack of intraparty democracy in the party, citing barring of aspiring candidates to contest at a primary elections to elect the party’s torch bearer on March 30 during the pending by-elections.

Kamwambi in his letter further alleges that poor leadership and corruption of national executive committee (NEC), Regional, District and Constituency committees has left him with no option but to resign as the party’s regional purse keeper and cease the UTM party member.

Reads the letter in part: “I have always been excited and satisfied with the UTM party philosophy and the leadership of Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima. However, my resignation is so unfortunate that it will always have reference to the poor leadership of NEC, regional, district and constituency committees.

“This leadership has been so corrupt in its party management and has no interest in advancing party ethics and the democracy that Dr. Chilima envisions. The leadership is more destroying than building”.

In an interview, Kamwambi said failure by UTM party to hold fair and transparent primary elections in any election is paramount for a democractic world.

He has since pledged to tirelessly work with his new party to develop the area in areas such as road infrastructure, health and education once ushered into Parliament.

DPP deputy regional governor for the North Councillor Smart Mwakayira said the coming in of Kamwambi into the DPP has strengthened the party and has enhanced its chances of retaining the seat.

However, addressing the media at Karonga Inn after unveiling its candidate for the pending by-election, UTM party National Publicity Secretary Frank Mwenifumbo said the party opened its doors up to Monday evening for every aspirant to express their willingness to contest on primary elections that were scheduled on Tuesday but the two people (Kamwambi and Fwasani Silungwe never turned up.

He said it took the party to look for them in their respective homes and Silungwe withdrew his interest while Kamwambi told them that he was pondering on joining DPP.

“”Our party is independent and democratic because we followed all the set up protocol to identify aspirants so that out of that, we should find an ideal candidate. So, since the two are nowhere to be seen, I have been given Felix Katwafu Kayira whose name will be taken to our Secretary General, Patricia Kaliati ,” said Mwenifumbo .

Meanwhile, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has received one aspirant Daniel Chitonya Mwanyongo for the primary elections to be held on Saturday.

According to the party’s district chairperson Emmanuel Nkhoma, the party’s door is still open for other possible candidates.

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Assange
12 hours ago

UTM ili pa msana pa njovu MCP. It’s just another chikomekome cha nkhuyu mkati muli nyerere. Mpaka treasurer kuthawa to join a party that is dying?

zikunka nabeba kwa masharubu
zikunka nabeba kwa masharubu
1 day ago

UTM are not taking the opportunity to consolidate themselves. As soon as they popularised themselves they should have gone to work putting in place structures at the grassroots to anchor the party sustenably. Checking around one wonders if UTM is still not more of just an idea. If UTM is to be an organ for some vision of this country they have to undertake the task of amassing membership from the grassroots. UTM NEC is either sleeping on the job or their current efforts are not bearing fruits, either way, something fundamental needs to happen real quick. I mean, loosing… Read more »

guest
guest
1 day ago

ndekut UTM ndi zero pa ten tu…nanga kukalowa mpaka DPP

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 day ago

Joining dead party, kafikeni.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 day ago

Nchipaninso dpp? By 2025, will be like makatani okutha.

Last edited 1 day ago by Mangochi Kabwafu
Bauleni
Bauleni
1 day ago

The thing about Dpp. It’s a sleeping giant, 2025 someone better be careful

PHRIWAPHIRI
1 day ago

TONSE SITINGAKHALE A UTM KAPENA MCP

Wakwiya ndi kadeti
1 day ago

Only fools can join dpp. The people of the north cannot make a mistake of voting their tormenters. The custodians of the quota system of education.

K.K
K.K
1 day ago

I thought mcp is a more tormentor of northerners than dpp, and yet you voted for it knowing very much that chilima will be sidelined by Mkaka and company.
And becoz he has joined dpp and it is paining you ,shame. Everyone has a choice to join any party and should not be a talk of town.
Sorry ma kokolikos Inu.

Wakwiya ndi kadeti
14 hours ago
Reply to  K.K

Whether you like it or not MCP id driving this country. MCP is the one that brought us independence and they are back. DPP just destroyed the country. You can imagine that all DCs were thieves. That was organized crime by dpp. DPP will never come back.

Castello
Castello
1 day ago

Chilima fooled the northerners to vote for tonse alliance thereby voting back the notorious MCP. As at now, he is almost an outcast. MCP is worse than DPP and defecting is anybody’s right. Remember that the whole of utm defected from DPP so there’s nothing wrong with Kamwambi in exercising his rights. Stop this attitude of wanting everyone to be utm or MCP, if you are, then that’s your choice, period.

Hate it or take it but it's a fact
Reply to  Castello

We hate DPP coz its Lhomwes party instead of being National party u end up Lhomwelising it.

Winston Msowoya
Winston Msowoya
1 day ago

My brothers of Karonga,your Party is UTM led by Chilima the most committed young nationalist who has come in the open to lead Malawians to better life.Chakwera is fond of money and has found friends in the name of late Mia and his wife.Both of these people were members of the MCP the PARTY that killed MORETHAN 15000 Malawians during the BANDA bloody administration.The people of Karonga your nationalistically leader is Chilima who knows your sufferings better than CHAkWERA who has abandoned YESU CHRISTU for Money which is SATANIC and misleading.My brothers and sisters of KARONGA it is the MCP… Read more »

Ghdau
Ghdau
21 hours ago

Dont cheat people chilima is a biggest crook and has no leadership in him.utm is a party on paper and social media. Imagine if chilima will quit to join MCP after 2025 the UTM is dead completely and chilima knows that he can’t rule Malawi under UTM. It’s either he joins MCP or DPP

CULTURE
CULTURE
1 day ago

Lusubilo Kamwambi is a shame and has an empty head. How can he now talk good of his late brother when he was always against him and supported UTM candidate? Does it mean that his brother was a block for him? Is he now happy that his brother is no more? Any person without principles can not be a good leader. I also doubt if he has sound education.

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