I will not quit Peoples Party - Brown Mpinganjira
Brown Mpinganjira, one of the four prominent politicians who lost elections at People's Party convention on Monday, says he will remain loyal to the party and help strengthen it.
Mpinganjira, who lost the Second Deputy Presidency to Sidick Mia, dispelled rumours from some quarters that he was disgruntled and wanted to resign from the party.
He said his primary objective was to lay strong foundations for the party other than putting personal interest as a priority.
Mpinganjira has since denied rumours flying around that he had denied an offer of a diplomatic position opting to contest for the PP positions, which he has eventually lost.
"There is no possibility of leaving the party because it has never crossed my mind. Quitting is out of question. Positions are only to help us manage things properly. Prime responsibility is to build and strengthen the party. I will use my experience to build the party.
"When you are entering a competition you enter either to win or lose. In democracy the mere fact that you are entering a competition demands you to accept the result and I will move forward," Mpinganjira said.
On being offered a diplomatic post, Mpinganjira said: "Nobody had offered me an appointment. It is superfluous to discuss it. I have never received an offer."
On his part, Home Affairs Minister Uladi Mussa, who lost the position of First Deputy Presidency to former Vice President Cassim Chilumpha, said the people had voiced out their will and he could only take defeat with grace and concentrate on working to develop the country.
"I have accepted the defeat. I cannot go against what the people have decided. I will continue serving the nation and serving the President. I will continue serving Malawi because the world is not ending today," Mussa said.
Another contestant who only got a solitary vote, William Nkhono, said he suspected no foul play in the polls and would use the experience to build on his support in the party.
"I am not bitter and I know next time I will do better. I will use the experience and next time will come out good," said Nkhono, who contested and lost the position of First Deputy President.
In the results for the election conducted yesterday, Minister of Information and Civic Education, Kunkuyu, who ironically is a government spokesperson, lost the party National Publicity Secretary to Hophmally Makande by only amassing 37 votes to Makande's 987.
Kenneth Msonda, who just like Makande is a former United Democratic Front (UDF) member, is the First Deputy National Publicity Secretary and entered unopposed while Minister of Trade John Bande is the Second Deputy Publicity Secretary.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General Ralph Kasambara is the Director of Legal Affairs, Malani Mtonga is the Director of Civil Societies and Religious Affairs. Both went in unopposed.