Barely two months after being re-elected, Mzuzu City Mayor William Mkandawire has dumped the former ruling People’s Party (PP), saying he wants to concentrate on developing the city.
In an interview on Saturday, Mkandawire said it was high time he left PP to concentrate on developing the city. He said he wants to embark on city developments without much distraction from the party.
Asked if he was under pressure from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government, which has been accusing Mzuzu City Council (MCC) of frustrating development projects because the leaders were from opposition, Mkandawire said he has not been intimidated by anyone. “I have made up my mind and I want to serve the people of Mzuzu.
“We need to work on roads, bridges, markets and various development projects. So, this is not time for politics,” he said.
The mayor insisted that his resignation was not in any way a betrayal to PP, adding that his re-election was supported by all parties represented at the council.
Meanwhile, PP administrative secretary Joseph Chikwemba has expressed shock at Mkandawire’s decision. Chikwemba said he was hearing the news from the reporter and wondered why Mkandawire had decided to leave the party.