Malawi Congress Party dismisses Lilongwe City Mayor’s claims
The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has said reasons Lilongwe City Mayor, Desmond Bikoko, is giving for dumping the party are not convincing.
While saying that Bikoko has a right to associate with a political party of his choice, MCP Deputy Secretary General, Eisenhower Mkaka, said MCP supported him to be where he is today.
“The Mayor’s reasons for dumping MCP are not adding up. He should mention the real reasons why he has jumped ship and joined the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). As a party, we are not against his leaving MCP because he has freedom of choice,” Mkaka said.
Bikoko was unveiled as a DPP member at a function which took place in Lilongwe on Sunday
Mkaka said the party supported Bikoko, especially when he was campaigning for the position of the city mayor. He said even the party’s president, Lazarus Chakwera, directly supported him to win the mayoral election.
When announcing his defection, Bikoko said he felt that the council’s projects would easily be carried out if he worked with the ruling party.
“As the Mayor of Lilongwe City, I understand that true patriots must join hands to achieve development. That is why I have decided to join DPP so that I can work hand in hand with the government towards a better Malawi,” Bikoko said.
Bikoko became Lilongwe City Mayor in January after defeating former deputy mayor, Akwame Bandawe. He replaced Willie Chapondera, a DPP member.
Bikoko was unveiled as a DPP member alongside former Director of Public Prosecutions, Fahad Assani and Democratic People’s Congress Secretary General, Smolet Kachere.
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