Zikhale dumps DPP, says its ‘sinking ship’

Late president Bingu wa Mutharika’s most trusted aide Ken Zikhale Ng’oma has quit the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) where he was National Campaign Director.

Zikhale told Nyasa Times that the former governing party he helped to found has now lost direction.

” I have done a lot of thinking and soul searching and its clear to me that DPP has lost direction and it’s a sinking ship hence my decision,” he said.

Zikhale has dropped the bomb shell  at a time when the DPP is nursing wounds of massive defections of its members including lawmakers  to the now ruling People’s Party of President Joyce Banda.

Zikhale: Leaves DPP

He  has however has not yet hinted on whether he will join a band wagon of opportunists defecting to PP.

This is not the first time for Zikhale to leave DPP,  in September 2005 he announced his resignation in a strong-worded “memorandum” to  Mutharika, citing his dismissal as Chief of Staff for State Residences and his demotion from DPP Secretary General to National Campaign Director as reasons for his despondency.

He together with veteran politician Gwanda Chakuamba registered a party called the New Republican Party (NRP).  Zikhale was deputy president for administrative and political affairs.

Zikhale, late Mutharika’s closest aide from their days in the United Party (UP) which disbanded after unsuccessfully contesting the 1999 general elections, re-joined DPP  in 2011 after a hard time of languishing in poverty while in opposition.

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