Chancellor College political scientist Blessings Chinsinga and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-general Wakuda Kamanga have described as opportunists DPP cabinet ministers and parliamentarians who are defecting to the now ruling People’s Party of President Joyce Ntila Banda en masse.
Just two days after taking over the country’s leadership over40 cabinet ministers and members of parliament announced to joined Banda’s government and expectations are high the number would increase.
Some are all MPs from Ntcheu including Labour Minister Luscious Kanyumba and deputy speaker of Parliament Jones Chingola and also a Zomba parliamentarian Valentine Yunus Mussa who had a natural hatred for President Banda.
Speaking in separate interviews aired on Radio Islam’s news bulletin, Chinsinga and Kamanga said the way these people are behaving show that they are crooks.
“I am deeply surprised as a the party’s Secretary General and also as a human being over the timing of the move because our father (Mutharika) is still lying in state and can’t believe myself that people can be saying the things they are saying now,” said Kamanga.
He says President Joyce Banda when she was making her inaugural speech in parliament she told the nation to focus on mourning president Mutharika.
“I was hoping that people would go along with what the president said. And I want to commend her for saying that statement but I am surprised that some people would be roaming around looking for fortunes,” he says.
Kamanga disputed observations that DPP members are leaving the party because of displeasure with the appointment of Peter Mutharika as the party’s president while he was even not among the party’s vice presidents.
“Peter Mutharika is just an interim leader and this is a strategic arrangement because he is our presidential candidate for 2014. So, to ensure the smooth running of the party, we though it is reasonable to have one-person to manage the affairs of the party in the process doing away with gossipers who may divide us,” said Kamanga.
He hinted that those leaving the party for PP is because they believe that opportunities are in government may be they can become cabinet minister or continue to become a cabinet minister or getting other benefits.
“Really I don’t know what their motive is but if I am going to speak from my mind I would be saying that I don’t think the president of PP would ignore that fact people who act like this at the time when we are mourning don’t have a genuine agenda,” he said.
And Chinsinga said what the DPP MPs are doing is “hypocrisy of highest order”.
“Basically in my view these people are just interested in protecting their own comfort zones. In this case their positions because in this country [there is a belief that] once you don’t have connections with the state it means that you have one alternative and that is; to swim into poverty.
“ And I think these people are not prepared to swim into poverty that’s why they are pretending that they will support Madam Joyce Banda and not in the interest of the country but their own interest,” Chinsinga said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :