By Elijah Phompho
CHIKWAWA-(MaraviPost)-Former Minister in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led administration who is also a Parliamentarian for Chikwawa Central Constituency Salim Bargus says his defection Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is to serve the interests of the people in his constituency.
The former Minister of industry and Trade said he was at liberty to join any other party despite being in the cabinet of former president Peter Mutharika since he was voted in as an independent Parliamentarian.
Bargus was speaking on Friday, October 16, 2020 at Makande Community ground when he was being officially welcomed into the MCP camp ,the party he once served as its National Organising Secretary before joining the DPP prior to the 2019 Tripartite Elections.
Bargus was ironically welcomed into the MCP camp in Chikwawa Mkombedzi Constituency by lawmaker Abida Mia when she handed over a mortuary at Mgabu rural hospital.
“You see the people of Chikwawa central voted for me to assist them in the development of the area and not do politics, so what I believe is that government is the master of all development in the country so why should I not join the party which is on the driving seat”, said Bargus.
He quashed away assertions that he always defects to the party that forms government saying he served as the member of Parliament for the area the entire period of 1999-2004 during the UDF era and that the only period he switched parties was when he was no longer a parliamentarian and that he was doing that depending on the circumstances beyond his control.
Bargus was officially welcomed back to the MCP by the Regional Chairperson for the MCP in the Southern Region Perter Simbi who said Bargus has returned back to his original party like “a biblical prodigal son who returned back to his father”.
There was no an immediate reaction from the former governing DPP officials on the move by Bargus to rejoin the MCP as both the party’s spokesperson Brown Mpinganjira and Regional Gavonor for the South Charles Mchacha could not be reached on their mobile phones.
Salim Bargus defected to the DPP from the UDF during former president Bingu wa Mutharika’s administration but he later joined the People’s Party (PP) of Former President Joyce Banda when the DPP lost power due the demise of president Bingu wa Mutharika.
He rejoined the DPP during former president Peter Mutharika’s tenure but later defected to the MCP side before rejoining the DPP till now that he has rejoined the MCP.