Reports reaching Malawi24 indicates that some People’s Party (PP) top officials have lost hope in their leader Joyce Banda and have since banked their trust on Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera to take them through 2019.
A source close to the party’s national executive committee told our reporter on Tuesday that there are divisions among top officials as some believes Banda is no longer serious with the party while others believes she may come and lead them again.
He said most of the top officials are not happy with the tendency of their leader to keep a tight lid on her homecoming and they feel she no longer deserves to lead PP because her behavior has proved to be a gateway to the party’s decline.
“Not everyone is happy with Joyce Banda this time. Her delay to come home has made most officials to lose hope and have since banked their hope in Chakwera,” said the source who was speaking on condition of anonymity.
He went on to claim that there is mistrust among NEC members as some are not aware of the day Banda may come to Malawi while others know but hide the information from their colleagues.
“Some even doubt if she will come home again. To them the justification she gives for not coming back does not hold water, they feel no one can kill her just that she fears unknown threats,” he added.
According to the source, most top officials expect the party to perform poorly in the 2019 elections because they have not sat down to mull over the way forward since they lost the last tripartite elections.
This is why they think Chakwera and his MCP have done much to claim victory than them.
The revelations come barely days after the party’s leader in Parliament Uladi Mussa suggested his party’s zeal to merge with MCP in the 2019 elections.
Mussa told the masses that the two are already in good terms thus the coalition may see them bring in a government which will benefit Malawians.
When pressed to comment on the merger, MCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwila maintained that the two indeed share common goals but was then quick to clarify that no talks on the move have been done so far.
“We indeed share common goals but then we haven’t held any talks on the matter. I believe that if they are serious they will consult us to discuss the thing,” said Kabwila.
Efforts to get views from PP spokesperson Ken Msonda proved futile.