Four of the country’s political heavy weights on Sunday joined the ruling Democratic Progressive Party. The four are Ken Lipenga, Henry Phoya, Brown Mpinganjira and Rev. Daniel Gunya.
Speaking at Lunzu Primary Ground in Blantyre during a developmental rally where the four were unveiled, President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika said DPP is a party for all Malawians and that those willing to join were free to do so.
Mutharika said as leader of the party he does not and he will never stop people from joining the party as the door is wide open.
“Campaign will start in 8 months’ time but we cannot wait until then to welcome people into the party. Our party is ready to welcome everyone who is willing to work with us,” he said.
The President, however, issued a serious warning against party leaders whom he said were denying people from joining the party for fear of losing party positions.
He said should he find out about those people doing such unacceptable act, he will have no choice but to kick them out of the mighty party.
“It’s time for us to unite and build the party, those bringing fights amongst us will not be allowed to stay, I will personally fire you,” he warned.
Mutharika has since appealed for unity, loyalty and patriotism amongst party members and work towards developing the country.
“Some of you are the Judas, you pretend to belong to one party yet you are members of several parties. But let me warn you, we will find you and deal with you,” Mutharika said.
DPP Secretary General Grezedar Jeffrey said the party had received a number of applications from people expressing interests to join the party.
Jeffrey said this was a sign of sound and quality leadership in DPP.
“We will welcome as many people as we can and come 2019, DPP will win with a landslide victory,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of the new members, Brown Mpinganjira said joining the DPP party was not by accident but rather out of will.
Mpinganjira said the country has many political parties but their choice of joining DPP was solely due to sound leadership that the party had demonstrated.
“We are happy that you have welcomed us into the party. We are ready to work and reach out to every corner of the country,” he said.