Karonga, January 9, 2019.  About 98 members of United Transformation Movement (UTM) in Karonga North Constituency Sunday announced their defection to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

The people said they decided to join DPP because they were not pleased with how UTM’s parliamentary primary elections were conducted.

One of the people who defected to DPP, Ishmael Pembamoto confirmed the defection of the 98 members of UTM to the ruling DPP, saying they were not happy with the way the former party’s (UTM) primary elections were conducted.

Pembamoto said Vincent Ghambi, who is the incumbent legislator of the area won the primary elections but accused him of using and working with parallel area committees against those established by the party.

“It is true that 98 UTM members in Karonga North Constituency have today, Sunday joined DPP to support Mwangasule Mwambande who is DPP’s parliamentary aspirant for this area.

“We wanted to see someone else representing the constituency and not Ghambi who represented the constituency for two consecutive terms but failed to develop the area,” said Pembamoto.

Another former UTM member, Zex Sichali said the primary elections were characterized by various anomalies and that it was surprising to have Ghambi declared the winner.

“Ghambi, who is the current Member of Parliament (MP) for this area, has done nothing to develop this area and our only hope is in Mwambande who is DPP’s parliamentary torch bearer for this constituency,” said Sichali.

In his remarks, Mwambande said he was pleased to receive such a huge number of people to support him and urged them to work with the existing DPP structures in the area.

“As DPP, we are happy with the development. I will communicate to the district governor so that he can arrange for official party ceremony to welcome these new members,” said Mwambande.