People’s Progressive Party (PPM) president Mark Katsonga Phiri has ruled out getting into an alliance with other parties unless potential ‘suitors’ accept its 20-point plan.
Katsonga Phiri said this in an interview on Sunday after addressing a meeting at Mpamba, Chintheche and Tukombo in Nkhata Bay. This was the first meeting to be held at the home of the party’s first president, the late Aleke Kadonaphani Banda, who died in 2010, a year after resigning from politics.
Katsonga Phiri eulogised AKB as a visionary, saying his death might have accounted for a low turnout and lack of excitement when he stopped at Tukombo to unpack the party’s blueprint.
But Katsonga Phiri sounded decisive when asked about the possibility of pairing up with another party to boost PPM’s chances of getting into government.
He declared: “The blatant answer is no. We may change our stance to get into an alliance only if the interested party is willing to accept the 20-point plan which is strictly against [use of] State resources and should not treat us as juniors, but be willing to put all positions up for grabs at a convention.”
The stance comes nearly five years after a PPM’s electoral partnership with Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was unceremoniously renounced by his supposedly partner former president Bingu wa Mutharika at Zalewa just a week to the 2009 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.
With just months to tripartite elections in May next year, Katsonga Phiri urged the sizeable crowd at the rallies to vote for transformational leaders to end a culture of corruption, wastefulness and secrecy which has come to the the fore with revelations of wanton looting of public funds at the Capital Hill.
As part of the 20-point plan, PPM plans to decentralise government’s consolidated account, also known as Account Number One, to curb mismanagement scandals such as the notorious Cashgate.
He reckons districts will have the autonomy to decide how to utilise taxes and other government revenue collected within their jurisdiction, with those that cannot manage to fund their own affairs being jolted up to be more enterprising.
Also in the PPM blueprint are plans to transform Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) into an umbrella of all farmers’ cooperatives to ensure farmers profit more from their produce.