Well-travelled politician and former Minister of Information in the Joyce Banda government who was until Monday a vice president of former ruling People’s Party (PP) has resigned from the party according to insiders who chose to remain unanimous.
The last elections were not kind to Brown Mpinganjira, he was beaten by DPP Director of Elections Kondwani Nankhumwa. Nankhumwa got 9,995 votes, followed by United Democratic Front’s Ruth Lemani and Mpinganjira who got 5,855 and 3,976 votes respectively.
Brown Mpinganjira has made a career out of ditching parties when they no longer served his ambitions. Brown Mpinganjira served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs under President Bakili Muluzi from 1999 until 2000. He then broke with Muluzi over the latter’s attempt to have the constitution changed so that he could run for a third term of office.
Mpinganjira formed his own party, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). In the 2004 presidential election, he placed fourth, receiving only 8.7% of the vote. The party managed to contribute a number of Members of Parliament to the National Assembly among them Billy Kaunda and Mpinganjira himself. Mpinganjira later dissolved the NDA and rejoined the United Democratic Front, a party he helped to found.
His ambitions that have led him to the next best thing in politics have left many that believed in him to unfulfilled political careers. An MP who helped him create NDA said she was dumb founded when Brown decided to dissolve the party, going back to UDF.
Brown Mpinganjira is a driven and ambitious man who lacks long term strategy for his goal of becoming the next President of Malawi. The story going around is that he has convinced MCP to take him in.
It is this reporters belief that Chakwera should start protecting himself from within as Brown wants to be where he is now