United Democratic Front (UDF) members in Chiradzulu have denied claims that they have joined People’s Party (PP) saying those are cheap rumours propagated by ill-motive people.
This comes weeks after People’s Party District Governor for Chiradzulu, Jonas Shaibu, announced at a political rally that the whole Committee of UDF had defected to PP.
According to Shaibu, UDF’s decision was arrived at following the continued working relationship between the party’s President, Atupele Muluzi and the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
He said the party supporters were discouraged with the continued status quo, despite elections nearing, hence their decision to join PP.
Shaibu even paraded people he claimed were from UDF, adding what remained was to sign a compact. However, UDF’s District Governor Saimoni Paulo Makungwa was not in attendance.
But reacting to the development, Simoni Paulo Makungwa, expressed surprise, saying he has never made such a decision.
“I am shocked with this news. There has never been a time that I had talks with PP on the alleged alliance. These are cheap rumours trying to confuse people. I have always been UDF and I will die one,” he stressed.
Asked as to what could have triggered the rumours, Makungwa said it is the work of desperate politicians who want to score mileage with falsehoods.
“I don’t understand why Mr Shaibu could go that far insinuating that we have joined forces. I don’t know his intentions, but one thing is for sure, I am going to talk to him to find out,” he said, adding that today (Tuesday), he is meeting the party’s Vice President for the Southern Region, Lancy Mbewe, to strategise on their campaign trail.
He said the Party is still strong in Chiradzulu and that it is hoping to get reasonable seats of both MPs and Councillors.
Mec declared campaign period on 19th March, which will run through 19 May 2019.