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By Wezzie Gausi:

Citizen for Transformation (CFT) movement says members that no longer pledge their allegiance to the grouping are free to resign.

The movement has recently come under heavy criticism from some of its members on social media for supporting Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidates in the forthcoming by-election.

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CFT Communication and Media Strategist, Negracius Justin, said the movement has taken a position to support MCP candidates in Karonga Central and Mangochi West constituencies.

Justin acknowledged that CFT’s position has sparked discontent on the part of those who expected the movement to be non-partisan.

“In fact, there has been an argument suggesting that CFT should be neutral and not take sides because the leader of CFT, Timothy Mtambo, is Minister of Civic Education and National Unity, therefore, his role should be non-partisan in these by-elections.

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“This argument, which looks appealing on its surface, has a deficiency of considered facts. It must be noted that Timothy Mtambo did not go to Mangochi West and Karonga Central constituencies to campaign as a minister. Accusing him of abandoning his role as a minister and going on the ground to campaign as a politician is surely a deficient accusation that begs merit,” Justin charged.

He further said CFT has a political agenda.

“Being a political movement as it is, it is no question whatsoever that it must proceed with a defined political agenda. CFT’s decision to support candidates that belong to a political party is one such political adventure that a political formation freely does,” he said.

Meanwhile the grouping claims its decision to support MCP candidates is based on principles of justice and fairness.

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