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Mzuzu MP defects to UTM; Alleges unfulfilled development promises

By Patricia Mtungila-MEC Stringer

After months of mounting speculation that he was heading to United Transformation Movement (UTM),  the Mzuzu City Legislator Leonard Njikho  has finally come out in the open to declare that he dumped the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  and joined the  opposition  UTM.

The MP cites the DPP-led Government’s failure to  implement the promised infrastructure developments such as a state-of-the-art youth centre, airport and stadium  in the City of Mzuzu  as his motivation for the decision.

Njikho said this in Mzuzu on Saturday at a rally that he organized under the United Transformation Movement (UTM) at Area 1 B in Luwinga in Mzuzu.

“The purpose of this meeting is to confirm that I have left the DPP.  The DPP is a Party that does not complete development projects here in the North.   I have joined the UTM wholeheartedly and will serve to  grow the UTM ,” said Njikho at the meeting which was attended by about 400 people  from the Area 1 B.Among other developments.

Member of Parliament (MP) alleged that despite the funds for the state-of-the-art Mzuzu youth centre being allocated in the budget every year  since 2014, the  DPP Government  has blocked its construction.

The legislator claims that the construction of the modern youth centre  now remains only a dream  as  no funding allocation has been made for the Project in  the 2018/2019 National Budget.

Njikho joins the long list of MPs from Northern Region who have defected to UTM including; Agness Nyalonje, Olipa Muyaba Chiluba, Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya among others.