Member of Parliament for Karonga Central Frank Mwenefumbo has rejoined the Alliance for Democracy (Aford)—12 years after he ditched the party over what he called disagreements with the then leadership.
Mwenefumbo told journalists in Lilongwe on Thursday he made the decision after consulting people in his constituency and being given a go-ahead to rejoin the party.
He said a movement called Revamp Aford approached him to rejoin the party in the quest to rebuild it.
“Following my decision to rejoin Aford, I carried out a consultation process with members of my constituency, including chiefs, faith groups and the Karonga business community and they endorsed this decision,” Mwenefumbo explained.
Despite the constant shifting of his political allegiances—moving from Aford to the Democratic Progressive Party to the Peoples Party (PP) and then as an independent— Mwenefumbo insisted that he is a stable politician”
“I have never prostituted. Aford is the only party with a rich history. It was the first political pressure group to be registered in Malawi which openly challenged the one-party system of government. If given a chance the party can change the lives of people in 2019,” he said.
Aford president Enock Chihana said he was happy to welcome back Mwenefumbo into the fold, saying the party is alive and strong.
Asked whether the party has plans of forming a coalition ahead of the 2019 Tripartite Elections, Chihana was noncommittal because the decision would have to be made by the party.
“I cannot say whether we are going to form a coalition [with any other party]. It is for the party members to decide. There is no coalition between Aford, the Malawi Congress Party or Peoples Party, but we sometimes work together,” he said.
In the run-up to the 2004 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, Aford supported the late Bingu wa Mutharika who was the presidential candidate for the United Democratic Front.
Following Mutharika’s election as President, Mwenefumbo was appointed deputy minister of agriculture.
Mwenefumbo then joined PP where he was expelled after he chose to run as independent candidate in 2014.
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