Former Human Rights Defenders Coalition chairperson, Timothy Mtambo, has started appointing champions at national, regional and district levels who will lead his newly formed movement Citizen for Transformation (CFT).
Mtambo insists that he will not rush into organising an elective conference for leaders of the movement. He said after finalising establishing the structures, the interim national committee will be responsible for the elective conference where people will choose leaders for the movement. Mtambo alleges that some Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) zealots have joined the movement with the aim of bringing confusion hence the need for proper scrutiny of members before rolling out fully. “We have a competent team which is working to ensure that we remain united and win support on the ground.
Therefore, we cannot hold an elective conference now because we are on the ground welcoming people who are joining us. I am happy to say that we are moving forward,” he said. But DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi charged that CFT is too small to be fighting with DPP. Dausi said DPP is busy working on its strategies such that it cannot waste time fighting “a small movement”. Political and Social Commentator Makhumbo Munthali said CFT is not wrong by first putting up a base before holding an elective conference, arguing every movement starts with a strategy. “Many movements start with one or two people and later find other people to help in achieving their goal.
However, with issue of transparency, people will still want to see the movement holding an elective conference because that is one of the principles of democracy, otherwise let us wait and see,” Munthali said. Mtambo has maintained that the movement is not being sponsored by any political party but that its aspirations and ambitions are driven by Malawians who want change of government.