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Defections are good riddance—People’s Party Chair

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Newly appointed People’s Party (PP) Provincial Chairperson for the Northern Region, Makwenda Chunga, has said the recent exodus of members from the party is necessary because it stands to separate genuine members from political opportunists.

Chunga made the sentiments in Mzuzu over the weekend when the party’s national executive committee unveiled him to the regional leadership.

He said the party is not surprised that people are jumping ship, attributing the trend to questionable political allegiance.

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The Mzimba South legislator then stressed that the movements have not weakened the party in any way.

“A background check will reveal to you that all the defectors were elsewhere and only followed Joyce Banda when she was in government; a loyal party member doesn’t change colours overnight. So their departure is a blessing in disguise to some us who want to build PP,” Chunga explained.

Since it went out of government in May 2014, the PP has lost notable members such as Sosten Gwengwe who was Joyce Banda’s running mate in the 2014 polls, Ken Msonda as well as Sidik Mia.

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Prior to the 2014 elections, Banda also fell out with her then vice Khumbo Kachali who she left out as running mate, a move which saw him endorsing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Peter Mutharika.

Commenting on the socio-economic problems that Malawi i s going through, Chunga called for a listening ear from the ruling elite.

“Solutions to some of the challenges are within us all, our leaders just need to be accommodative and flexible. Malawi has a lot of potential,” Chunga, whose appointment is effective September 15, said.

Just like other chairpersons before him, Chunga failed to provide answers as to when their party leader Banda will be back into the country.

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