The leadership of the opposition Democratic progressive party –DPP is warning President Joyce Banda against giving ministerial or diplomatic positions to its former members who have now defected to the ruling People’ Party-PP
The DPP politiburo say the defectors are not joining the party in good faith.
The remarks from DPP’s deputy chief whip in parliament and Director of logistics Simon Vuwa Kaunda come barely a day after former DDP Secretary General Wakuda Kamanga announced his defection to PP on Thursday.
Its also comes after DDP’s second Vice president Goodall Gondwe resigned from the party and the political front altogether.
Speaking to Capital fm Kaunda said those who have dumped the party must not be given any influential posts if their loyalty to the party is to be tasted.
“We know very well that others are looking for jobs, others for appointments, and others for diplomatic positions, while others have been promised ministerial positions. But as for us who sympathise with the party we will remain and support the party,” Said Kaunda.
In reaction, PP’s Deputy Publicity Secretary Kenneth Msonda said the party is cautiously embracing the current defections describing them as defections as a threat to the multiparty democracy that Malawians fought for in 1993 and 1994.
“Much as the PP is currently strategizing itself, and that its needs the majority of membership ahead of the 2014 polls, it can’t afford to erase the democracy that Malawians fought for it in the 1993 and 1994,” said Msonda.
This comes as reports are indicating that more are to defect to the ruling PP.
According to some sources the party is now advising politicians to remain in their political parties and still assist the Joyce Banda administration in developing the country.
The DPP has been hit the hardest with the departure of its members to the PP soon after President Joyce Banda took over the presidency in April.