AFORD embarks on rebuiding exercise as the party opens its headquarters in LL
By our Reporter
The Alliance for Democracy ( AFORD), President Enock Chihana says the party has re engaged extra gear of ensuring that the party is fully revamped.
In an exclusive interview with us Chihana said the party has since secured offices at the the low density populated area 47 so that it acts as a central point in the rebuilding process of the Party.
Chihana said currently the party for the first time has recruited Dr Louis Mbiridzi from Chiradzulu as its Vice President.
Chihana said apart from opening national headquarters in Lilongwe , the party intend to open regional offices in the north and and Eastern region.
“We cannot talk about revamping the party when we still have no offices.
Chihana said the party has now opened doors to anyone wishing to join the party.
” I have advised my team to say open the doors pasapezeke otchinga,” Said Chihana.
Chihana expressed optimism that the party is regaining its last glory.
Just recently , Chihana received some senior party members from the recent past ruling Democratic Progressive who were led by former DPP deputy national publicity secretary (central) Chris Michael Thaulo pointing to aggressive environment that has potential to wipe out his political ambitions.
Chihana said following the announcement of the party rebuilding, alot of people have been coming to join the party.
He said he was delighted to see such prominent people like Deputy publicity of former ruling, joining the party.
Chihana said that lack of communication with the grassroots from all regions of the country, had been a major setback to the party’s popularity.
Founded by the late Chakufwa Chihana, AFORD has moved from having over 30 seats in parliament from 1994. Currently it only has one, Yeremiah Chihana of Mzimba North.
Alliances with the then ruling United Democratic Front and opposition Malawi Congress Party led to disagreements within the rank and file of the party leading to formation of factions and splinter parties.
For example Genuine Alliance for Democracy (GAFORD) was formed.
In the recent past Chihana has been tussling for the party presidency with former Karonga Central legislator and Deputy Minister Frank Mwenifumbo.
The two announced their reunion during the signing ceremony of the Tonse Alliance partnership in Lilongwe, when they both declared their allegiance to the partnership.