Still Wandering: Cassim, Uladi, Phoya Join PP: I Thought MCP Was National Party-Phoya
Political heavy weights Dr. Cassim Chilumpha, Uladi Mussa and youthful Henry Phoya have announced that they have joined the ruling People’s Party of President Joyce Banda.
Chilumpha, a former vice president was until his announcent chairperson for United Democratic Party- Friday Jumbe’s camp while Uladi Mussa popularly known as ‘Change Goals’ was the president of Malavi People’s Party (MPP).
Phoya dumped DPP few months ago after being fired to join Malawi Congress Party (MCP), a development which was expected to boost the party’s popularity in the Southern Region which Phoya comes from.
Uladi Mussa was a founding member of the DPP, but fell out of grace with late President Bingu wa Mutharika and formed MPP.
While Chilumpha, is leaving the UDF for the very first time in his political career. He fell out of favour with Mutharika after he refused to follow him to the DPP during its formation in 2005.
The defections are coming at the time when the PP continues to register more members from both political parties and civil society organisation, since its leader’s, Joyce Banda, ascendancy to the presidency some two weeks ago.
Speaking after announcing the defection Chilumpha said the country is facing enormous challenges which need consorted effort to resolve.
While Phoya said he has decided to get out of MCP because he thought it was a national party.
“When I went there, I discovered that it was only John Tembo who welcomed me as other members said they have got nothing to do with the Southern Region,” he said.
He said it was technically impossible to be working with the PP while he is a member of another party, adding that he was the only DPP members who spoke against the expulsion of Joyce Banda.
Mussa said the whole Malavi party has moved with him to the PP, though he did not indicate on whether or not he has dissolved the party.
Welcoming the three, Khumbo Kachale said he, Joyce Banda and the entire PP family are welcoming them whole heartedly.