Former Alliance for Democracy (Aford) secretary general Khwauli Msiska has dumped the party, accusing its leadership of losing focus.
In a letter dated June 9 2014 and addressed to the party’s secretary general, Msiska says he has made the decision in response to appeals from some party members.
“After a thoughtful and deep reflection of the party’s political status, I have come to a painful conclusion that the current Aford leadership has lost focus in terms of the core values of democracy upon which the party was founded. The party is virtually reduced to serving interests of an individual, putting itself at the mercy of a highest bidder.
“By resigning from the party, I am responding positively to the numerous calls and appeals from party members and supporters countrywide who feel equally disappointed. Meanwhile, I intend to dedicate more time to my private life with my family while reflecting on my political future,” reads Msiska’s letter.
But in an interview on Sunday, Aford president Enoch Chihana said Msiska was free to leave the party as it was his freedom to do so.
“I wish him the best, but I will miss him considering that we have been working together for a long time. He should, however, disclose the loss of focus and value he is talking about,” said Chihana.
When contacted, Msiska cited the party’s lack of respect for diverse views and inclusiveness as some of the indications of loss of focus.
Msiska stood on Aford ticket in this year’s parliamentary elections and lost to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) vice-president Richard Msowoya.
He, however, denied that the defeat has prompted his decision to quit the party.