Almost all the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Members of Parliament (MPs) who recently announced their total support and wish to join the Peoples Party (PP) have made a dramatic U-turn.
According to an MP who sought for anonymity, the MPs agreed that they will remain in the opposition side as independents. “We are very conscious of the s65 damages; we do not want to lose MPs at this crucial time. If the government wants to work with us, we will be happy to render our support while on the opposition benches,” said the MP.
According the MP, the agreement was reached at a recent meeting held at Ndata with the DPP leader Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika. The meeting was attended by 40 MPs and there were about 80 apologies.
Soon after the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika, many DPP MPs announced their total support to the PP with some of them announcing that they have joined the now ‘ruling party’.
While the DPP MPs were making an about turn, there was tussle of party colors at the Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe. People were left speechless at the airport when some People’s Party (PP) women clad in orange forced their fellow friends-in-government, the United Democratic Front (UDF) to wear off their yellow regalia if they were to attend the welcoming in ceremony of President Joyce Banda.
The UDF women came at the airport with a minister (name withheld) who is from the party.
“All along I believed that we are in the government of national unity. We were told that as of now, the nation’s development depended on unified workforce regardless of the party which the president comes from but unfortunately, their supporters think otherwise,” said a visibly angry UDF sympathizer. “As supporters from another party working in the government of national unity where tolerance reigns high, we thought it wise to come to the airport and give support to our (UDF) leaders who are in the same government. We were shocked to be treated as such. We were told to remove the UDF cloth and we did just as that,” added another woman minutes after the incident.
According to an eye witness, the overzealous orange women told their yellow counterparts that UDF is not the one ruling and they have nothing in the government. “They were told that gone are their days as the ruling party and they should just be happy that some of their MPs are driving the ministerial vehicles. They were told not to abuse a small favor Her Excellency President Mrs. Banda has granted them,” said the eye witness.
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