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People’s Party deputy women’s director resigns

People’s Party (PP) National Deputy Director of Women, Ettinor Koloviko, Monday announced her resignation from the former ruling party.

Koloviko, who at one time served as a Blantyre North Parliamentarian, becomes the fourth person in the PP’s National Executive Committee (Nec) to resign from the party in a space of 30 days.

While saying she still remains a politician, Koloviko could not disclose her next political home but said she had decided to quit the PP in exercise of her constitutional right of association.

In the just-ended month of May, PP vice-president for the Northern Region, Harry Mkandawire, also resigned from his position but said he remains an ordinary member of the party.

In the same month, the party’s presidential running-mate during the May 2014 elections, Sosten Gwengwe, also said he was moving out of the PP.

As if that was not enough, two weeks ago, the party’s vice-president for the Southern Region, Brown Mpinganjira, also resigned saying he wanted to concentrate on a book project.

“I just think it is my constitutional right to join any other party or to leave any other party. As far as I am concerned, I have just decided to quit the party. My next step will be disclosed later. Whether I will join DPP [Democratic Progressive Party], MCP [Malawi Congress Party] or any of the several parties that we have in the country that will be known in future but for now what I want to tell you is that I have moved out of PP,” Koloviko said.

Asked on the problems leading to resignations of some high-profile individuals from the party, Koloviko insisted that there was nothing wrong with the party.

“But one has to make a decision when they see that things are not going well, that’s the way you would want them to be and for me I have just decided to denounce my membership,” she said.

PP spokesperson, Ken Msonda, said Koloviko had already informed the party of her decision to quit and that PP had accepted her resignation.

“We do not have any problem with her decision. This is a party that respects democratic values, including the right to opinion and the right to association. Much as we will miss her, we respect her decision and wish her well wherever she is going. Neither has she committed a crime nor broken any law, it is her constitutional right. She has actually told us that she wants to take a break from active politics,” Msonda said.

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