Former United Democratic Front (UDF) Treasurer General, Carlton Sichinga, has joined Malawi Congress Party (MCP), a decision he says he has made after thorough consultations.
Sichinga, who was welcomed yesterday by MCP regional committee for the north, said joining any political party is a human right and he is ready to use all resources to support MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera and the MCP/UTM alliance ahead of the July 2 fresh presidential election.
He, however, declined to disclose why he has dumped UDF which is currently in an alliance with governing Democratic Progressive Party.
“It is my right to associate with any political party. I loved UDF but now I am happy to say that this is the time to go back to my roots. MCP is my old party. I am ready to serve the president of the party and all leaders from top to bottom,” Sichinga said.
MCP Northern Region chairman Gracious Soko claimed people are joining the party because they have realised that Malawi’s hope is in Chakwera.
Soko said it is not easy for someone to leave a position such as that of Sichinga and become a mere member of MCP.
He then announced that the regional committee has agreed with Citizens for Transformation (CFT) movement which is being led by Timothy Mtambo to work together in all political activities in selling the alliance in the Northern Region.
“Therefore, we are telling our members wherever they are that if they see CFT, they should welcome them and work with them. We have one common goal,” Soko said.
CFT chairperson for Mzuzu City Chapter Charles Banda said they are ready to serve the alliance and pledged to use the movement’s new established structures to support the alliance.
“Let me assure the leaders of the alliance that we are behind them and we have already started working on the ground. We are ready to protect the vote and we are already on the ground,” Banda said.
The meeting was also attended by regional leaders of People’s Party, Freedom Party and UTM.