DPP loses 200 to MCP
Over 200 members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and People’s Party (PP) in Mzimba North Constituency have defected to the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
The members were on Saturday welcomed into the party by Mzuzu District chairperson, Joseph Chavula, at the party’s Northern Region headquarters.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Joseph Mweuka said recent by-election results drove them to join MCP because it is the only hope for Malawians.
“We have seen the leadership of Lazarus Chakwera and it is more promising. He is the only hope for Malawians, not only in the Central Region but even in South and Northern regions,” he said.
“We have also been driven by recent results of by-elections,” Mweuka said.
The MCP swept seats in the October 17 by-elections, winning two constituencies in Lilongwe and the highly contested Nsanja Lalanje seat. But the party lost Dedza Ward, although it managed to win a ward in Ndirande.
Welcoming the members, Chavula said the current DPP administration has no solutions to the challenges people are facing; hence, some people are defecting to the MCP.
He said the DPP administration has lost direction and that it is forcing people to look for an alternative way of advancing their political career through the MCP family.
However, DPP regional governor for the Northern Region, Kenneth Sanga, said the defectors have never been DPP members.
Sanga argued that his committee is receiving people from different parties wanting to contest as Members of Parliament and councillors in the coming elections.
Efforts to speak to PP spokesperson Noel Chimpeni proved futile as his mobile phone was out of reach.
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