Political analysist warns MCP to trade carefully with new members

Political commentator George Phiri of the University of Livingstonia says recycled politicians are a reason the country is not progressing.

Phiri's sentiments follow the announcement from the MCP that it has received renowned politicians Brown Mpinganjira, Friday Jumbe, Allan Chiyembekeza, Henry Phoya and Frank Banda from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Phiri told Nthanda Times in an interview that the five might have been driven by greed to dump DPP and join MCP.

"None of the recycled politicians in the country have done a tangible thing after switching from one party to another. They have been driven by greed.

"Brown Mpinganjira and Friday Jumbe have been in every ruling party since multiparty, but they have done nothing tangible," said Phiri.

Phiri: They have joined MCP for personal gains

Phiri also warned the MCP to trade carefully with their new members, citing that they might have ill reasons of joining the party.

"The MCP has to be on their guard. These are the same politicians who were left out by their party for misbehaving. For example, Brown Mpinganjira was a Spokesperson of DPP and former President Arthur Peter Mutharika. Due to misunderstandings in the party, he was dismissed from his position," warned Phiri.

Meanwhile, MCP Spokesperson Rev Maurice Munthali said the move is an indication that Dr. Lazarus Chakwera is a visionary leader.

Munthali further said Chakwera is championing open policy, a development which he said the renowned politicians will help government in developmental activities.

Munthali: they have joined MCP because of the party's visionary leadership 

"This is an indication that we have a visionary leader in Dr. President Chakwera. We will work with them, and they will support the government with their experience. This is just a beginning, many people will continue joining our party," said Munthali.

Munthali further warned the new members to be involved in any misconduct in the party.

"The new members should come with a mission to help the government. President Chakwera will not defend anyone from the party found on a wrong side of the law," said Munthali.

MCP unveiled Brown Mpinganjira, Friday Jumbe, Allan Chiyembekeza, Henry Phoya and Frank Banda at a ceremony in Blantyre Wednesday afternoon.