UTM has cautioned those joining the party not to prioritise fighting for positions, saying it can derail the agenda of transforming the country.
The party’s spokesperson, Joseph Chidanti Malunga, said those joining from other parties should rather come with a heart to serve the nation.
Malunga made the appeal on Saturday at Nyungwe Community Day Secondary School in Karonga District when the party’s officials, led by Deputy Campaign Director, Anita Kalinde, welcomed Karonga Nyungwe Member of Parliament, Kenneth Ndovie, from opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
“What people that are joining us should know is that this is not about their personal life or family but it is about the nation. There is no single person who can move this country. We need to come together and work to transform Malawi not looking for positions,” Malunga said.
He added: “Today we are here welcoming a Member of Parliament of Karonga Nyungwe. This is a clear sign that UTM is growing. Few months ago, people never gave us a chance that we would grow into a big party.”
In his remarks, Ndovie, who once served as Deputy Minister of Trade in the DPP regime, claimed he has joined UTM following advice from his constituents.
“Everyone is happy with my joining UTM as a party which is in the Tonse Alliance. Even the time I joined DPP, people in my constituency were disappointed. They could even boo me as I drove around the constituency,” Ndovie said.
The lawmaker, who won on an independent ticket before joining DPP, has become the first sitting MP in Karonga to join UTM.
Recently, Frank Mwenefumbo also defected to UTM from Alliance for Democracy.
Meanwhile, Chitipa Central Constituency MP Anuwile Mwamsongole and Chitipa Wenya’s Davis Ngambi have joined UTM’s partner Malawi Congress Party.
MCP Second Vice-President Harry Mkandawire welcomed the two MPs on Saturday.
In an interview, Mkandawire said the MP will help to strengthen the party in the region.
“We are happy that MCP is gaining ground in the Northern Region. This is just the beginning of winning more people in the region,” he said.
National Organising Secretary Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda and National Director of Youth Richard Chimwendo Banda also attended the welcoming ceremony.