By Kondanani Chilimunthaka
Few weeks before Parliament reconvenes for 2020/2021 budget meeting, MCP has added one more MP to its side, he is Honorable Tony Ngalande from Balaka North Constituency who has ditched the opposition independent block to join the ruling Malawi Congress Party.
Speaking when welcoming Ngalande in Balaka today, the MCP’ first vice president Hon. Sidik Mia thanked the MP saying he has made a wise decision to join Malawi Congress Party. Mia assured the people of Balaka that having stand by people for 26 years while in opposition MCP has learnt and known the sufferings alongside the rest of Malawians, hence its commitment to serve Malawians with servant leadership mind led by its president Lazarus Chakwera who is also the country’ state president.
Echoing earlier remarks made by the first Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Madalitso Kazombo, Mia urged the gathering not to allow some failed politicians to divide them by using religions, saying Chakwera’ administration values all religions citing himself as a good example serving in high positions within the party. Honorable Sidik Mia who is also the minister of transport and public works then promised to construct Chiyingeni Liwonde via Balaka road as soon as possible saying the Chakwera led government is serious on developing this country even in rural areas.
Apart from Tony Ngalande, MCP also welcomed 3 councilors namely Joseph Daniel for Chimwalire Ward, Byson Hombwa of Utale Ward and Michael Sauka Jnr for Nkhonde Ward, all formerly of DPP. In his remarks Honorable Tony Ngalande thanked government for quickly responding to the renovation of Balaka hospital which was burnt down few weeks ago, saying the ministry of health is already working on making sure that the facility is back in operation in the next few days. He then requested the government to consider constructing Balaka-Chilipa road which he said people more especially pregnant women find it difficult to cross Liwaladzi river on their way to Balaka hospital. Ngalande then said he and his colleagues will work hard to help achieving MCP’ agenda.
The function was attended by many party and community officials which include MCP’ campaign director Hon. Moses Kumkuyu, Hon. Madalitso Kazombo who is first Deputy Speaker of Parliament and also MP for Kasungu East, Hons. Jiya, Malondera, Sungitsa, Chithyola, Mwawa and Kapiseni Phiri. It also drew the attendance of senior chiefs Suwali, Tsabango and Kalembo of Balaka district.