The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has welcomed into its fold legislators Felix Jumbe and Uladi Mussa.
The two were unveiled on Monday during a rally in Salima after a groundbreaking ceremony of the China-Africa Textile Company.
Jumbe, who is Salima Central legislator, won the seat on a Malawi Congress Party (MCP) ticket while Uladi Mussa, a Salima South legislator, was recently fired as People’s Party (PP) vice-president for the Central Region.
Speaking before presenting Jumbe to President Peter Mutharika, Traditional Authority (T/A) Maganga said they approached the parliamentarian after noting that he was like a child without a parent.
Said the T/A: “Today, Mr President, we will present to you a gift. And this gift had lost focus and was moving from one place to another as if he had no parent. This person is Salima Central legislator Felix Jumbe.”
In his remarks, Jumbe said he joined DPP after being persecuted by MCP for speaking nicely about the development projects DPP is undertaking in Salima.
He said he is ready to work with DPP.
In his remarks, Mutharika congratulated Jumbe for his bold decision.
“Mr Jumbe has always demonstrated that he is an intelligent and brave man and that is why a chipani cha n’gona aja amamuopa [the party of crocodiles fears him]. We will work with you. I remember a couple of weeks ago I was joking with Jumbe that he is putting on a blue shirt and there was need that he puts on a real blue shirt and today that has been fulfilled,” he said.
The President also said he will work with all MPs in Salima, including Uladi Mussa.
Last week, DPP appointed former MCP member Bintony Kutsaira as its regional governor, replacing Dean Josiah Banda.