Wednesday, January 29, 2014

No presidential candidate for Aford in May 2014 polls

Malawi’s opposition party Alliance for Democracy (Aford) will go to May 2014 tripartite elections without presidential candidate as the party has pledged support to the acting Malawi president Joyce Banda and her ruling People’s Party (PP), Aford acting Chairperson Christopher Lichi has said.The development comes few days after the controversially elected party president Enoch Chihana engaged in verbal attacks with other party officials who accused the president of selling the party to PP.

Lichi also disclosed that the party field only 13 parliamentary candidates and 36 ward councillors in the 2014 polls.Without giving the previous figures, Lichi has described the current figure as an improvement.Chihana who is serving as Minister of Sports and Youth Development in Joyce Banda administration has gone flat out in the northern region campaigning for President Banda and her People’s Party.

However, publicity secretary of the Aford Dan Msowoya described Chihana’s allegiance to PP as a gross misconduct for the Aford.What Chihana is doing is a gross misconduct and his allegiance to ruling PP is inpersonal capacity. Aford is not in alliance with any party.We also ask Chihana to completely leave the party because his political conduct is bringing confusion in the party,” said Msowoya.

Chihana was elected as Aford’s president at the controversial party’s convention.Several members accused Chihana, who was the national chairman, of bringing confusion to the convention.The members also accused Chihana of taking the party to PP in a bid to protect his ministerial position.His presidency is being challenged in court by another camp of the party led by Godfrey Shaba.

Source: Maravi Post

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