Mzimba South East MP Rabson Chihaula Shaba, who on Tuesday declared himself independent, has claimed he dumped the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after a party guru George Chaponda said the party does not care much about losing votes in the North.
But Chaponda has dismissed the claim as a lie, saying none of the partyâ€™s leaders made such a statement.
In an exclusive interview on Wednesday, just a day after he asked Speaker of Parliament to move him to the government side, Shaba alleged DPP made the position during a caucus held on Monday at the residence of the partyâ€™s leader in Parliament Chaponda.
Claimed Shaba: â€œI was not pleased by the remarks made by Honourable Dr. Chaponda during the caucus. We were looking at why DPP had lost the two by-elections in Mzimba, but instead of responding to the issues raised by the post-mortem, he said the party does not care about the votes in the North.
â€œI thought I should not be part to a party with such policies and I consulted my constituents who also felt that I should just leave the party.â€
The Nation did not manage to corroborate Shabaâ€™s claims with other legislators who attended the caucus.
In his resignation letter dated November 19 2012 and addressed to the DPP secretary general, Shaba says: â€œRecent pronouncement by the leader of the DPP in the House, while in caucus disrespecting the electorate of my region, among others things, has led me to this decision.â€
Chaponda argued no one in the caucus said any statement despising the Northern Region votes.