Friday, December 14, 2007

Loveness Gondwe to form own party

Once might Alliance for Democracy (Aford) would soon find itself without a party representative in parliament as the sole Member of Parliament, Loveness Gondwe, contemplates forming own party.

Gondwe, who is currently in Portugal, has been lately flying around world canvassing for possible partners.

Gondwe husband, Yeremiah Chihana, said he does not have enough details on the issue but said the party would likely to be called Labour party.

Chihana said his wife has been to South Africa, Namibia and several other countries where she has been discussing with potential partners.

“I do not have enough information, but I am sure by next week everything will be known,” he said.

Aford Deputy Publicity Secretary Kingsley Jere said he was aware of the information that Gondwe, once she is back in the country would be tendering her resignation.

“We have information that she is forming her own party and that she has been flying outside the country sourcing for funding,” he said.

He, however, said that would not affect the operations of the party since, with the new leadership, it is working on retaining its old glory.

“We will be meeting in Lilongwe soon where we are trying to strategies as well as coming up with a programme to market our new president and the executive committee,” he said.

Gondwe was the remaining MP for Aford after losing several to President Bingu wa Mutharika’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and death.

The founding member Chakufwa Chihana died two years ago. Aford was once a formidable party winning 33 seats in the first general elections in 1994.

Gondwe has been acting president when the party was sailing through turbulence times—splitting into two camps—after the demise of its founding leaders.

Gondwe boycotted the convention which marshaled Dindi Gowa Nyasulu and the new Executive Committee into office.

If Gondwe quits the party, Aford for the first time in 13 years would have no representative in Parliament.

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