Jul 20, 2018 Last Updated 1:53 PM, Jul 20, 2018

AFORD To Quash Controversial Land Bill Once In Power

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The opposition Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) has reacted against the infamous land bill saying it infringes the powers vested in Traditional Authority in owning the communal land.

Speaking to journalists in Karonga on Tuesday after a political rally, AFORD President, Enock Chihana said his party will remove the Land Bill once voted into power come 2019 tripartite elections.

Commenting on rumours circulating around that he is not in terms with his ally, Frank Mwenefumbo, Chihana told the press that their relationship is still cordial and alleged that it is a move by other parties to tarnish the image of his party.

“First and foremost any political party to be successful   there should be discipline and this does not mean dictatorship but democracy so I can assure you that we are in good relationship,” said Chihana.

On issues of land bill, Chihana said this is a very bad bill for Malawi because Malawians are not ready for it hence it needs to be reviewed and reversed.

“During this sitting we need to table it in parliament to review it. This is laughable, you know I have rebuilt the party and this implies that new ideas have been reinstated for change,” he added.

Similarly, in a recent telephone interview with Member of Parliament for Karonga central constituency, Frank Mwenefumbo also said there is no disagreement with Chihana in the party as they have a common goal to rebuild the party not to torn apart their followers.

“I have come to revamp AFORD and I am not after grabbing the top most position in the party. However, I am ready to contest on any position which people will ask me for,” he said.

This follows an allegation that Mwenefumbo has a motive to use AFORD to hook its followers and take them to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), a party which the most influential MP in Karonga district is allegedly intending to join.

Commenting on whether there are plans to merge with other parties, Chihana swiftly said there is no immediate plan to ally with other political parties during the forthcoming tripartite elections adding that his party is more vibrant to contest on its own and make victory.

However, he confirmed that the party under his leadership has put on hold its convention which was slated to take place on 16 December due to financial constraints.

The convention will be held in April next year; however officials are concerned as they might lose members to other parties will awaiting for the convention to take place.


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