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DPP never approached Mia

Written by  Sam Phiri

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has described as wishful thinking the recent assertions by former People's Party (PP) Vice President and cabinet minister Sidik Mia that he was once approached by the DPP to coax him back into the ruling party.

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Mia said in an interview on times television that prior to 2014 elections leaders of different political parties in the country including DPP have been asking him to join forces as a way of completing the winning formula during the heavily contested elections which saw the miserable loss of the then ruling people’s party PP to DPP.

 

“DPP leadership has approached me, although not directly. PP has also done the same. There is a lot of pressure for me because I left good footprints. I am just glad that Malawians hold me in high esteem,” said Mia.

 

But in a press statement released by DPP and signed by its spokesperson Francis Katsaira, the party categorically refuted the sentiments by Mia as incorrect but rather wishful thinking by the former Member of Parliament.

 

“As Malawians may recall, Mr Sidik Mia was one of the fortune seekers, who willfully dumped the DPP when its founding father and President late Prof. Bingu Wa Mutharika died in April, 2012 and the party won the 2014 Tripartite Elections without any assistance and support from any of these fortune seekers.

 

`Following its election victory, the DPP policy under the leadership of His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika has been not to allow and entertain any fortune seekers and rolling stones like Mr Sidik Mia back into the ruling DPP.” reads the statement.

The party said the fact that other big names have been denied to get to the blue camp from various parties underlines Mia`s allegations as wishful thinking.

“Malawians my recall various names that have been publicly turned down after expressing interest to return to the DPP and the party will be the last to break its own policy by inviting Mr Sidik Mia back into it directly or indirectly.

 

`The DPP would like therefore correct and inform the general public that Mr Mia's sentiments are mere wishful thinking and that his wishes will never be granted now and in the nearest future.”


Katsaira said there was no indication of having honorable Mia into the party anytime soon or in the future.


Mia quit PP and Malawi politics altogether in January last year when former president Joyce Banda opted for the youthful Sosten Gwengwe as her running mate in the 2014 general elections.


He then endorsed the then United Democratic Party Candidate Atupele Muluzi.


He has served in a number of cabinet portfolios including those of transport and water and irrigation under the UDF, DPP and quit PP while serving as Minister of Transport.

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