Political experts say Sunday’s defections of notable politicians from main opposition parties to the ruling DPP can best be described as a sign that Malawians from across the political divide are finding the ruling party as a viable vehicle to development for all.
During Sunday’s mass rally at Masintha ground, DPP President Arthur Peter Mutharika welcomed politicians from Malawi Congress Party, Peoples Party and independents to the fold. In his welcoming speech, Professor Mutharika said he expected the newcomers to work hard with the guidelines of the party to help DPP develop the country.
“You are most welcome. We expect you to give all your best in developing this country using DPP’s agenda,” said President Mutharika. The experts see the newcomers and their numbers as a good sign to DPP. “Not everyday do you have such a big number of prominent politicians joining another party. In a case of a ruling party this means their development agenda is resonating with people on the ground,” said Chancellor College political expert Boniface Dulani.
From Peoples Party Professor Mutharika welcomed Zomba Ntonya legislator Dr Patrick Makina, former party spokesperson Kenneth Nsonda, Binton Kunstaira, Professor Isaac Lamba, Mai Leza Kalanzi Mbewe, Clara Makungwa and Salim Bagus. Defectors from MCP included Wamkulu Chauta and Isaac Chinkhadwe. Other newcomers are Lilongwe City Central lawmaker, David Bisnowaty, former Speakers of Parliament David Katsonga and Jones Chingola. The list also had seasoned politicians and cabinet ministers Etta Banda and Henry Mumba. During the rally several cabinet ministers informed Malawians on what is happening in key sectors of the economy such as Agriculture, Education, Energy and Anti-Corruption fight. This was President Mutharika’s first rally at Masintha Ground since he ascended to the high office in 2014.