Machinga — Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) women treasurer for Eastern Region, Dora Paulo, has defected to the ruling People's Party (PP) with immediate effect citing that she was being sidelined and was underutilized.
Paulo announced her defection to PP during a meeting which PP Deputy Secretary General, Irene Chikuni and Machinga Likwenu Parliamentary aspirant, Rabson Kaluwire addressed at Bisa Primary School on Friday.
Paulo defected to the PP alongside 55 other people and promised to attract more to join the PP which, she said, is a better party as compared to her former party.
Paulo joined the DPP in 2005 and has been a member of the DPP's 'Sendera dance troupe' during the 2009 general elections campaign.
"I have been underutilized on my position as women treasurer," Paulo added alleging that all the money that comes to DPP eastern region women wing is not properly accounted for.
Paulo said she would mobilize other 2, 000 DPP members to PP before May 20 to give PP maximum support to enable Dr. Joyce Banda continue to heading this nation.
DPP regional secretary for Eastern Region, Charles Jika, acknowledged the defection but trashed Paulo's claims that she was being sidelined and underutilized on party issues.
Jika said Paulo was a dedicated DPP member and was accorded due respect as treasurer for women until her time of departure.
He said DPP is still strong in Machinga Likwenu such that it is not true that she would attract additional 2,000 DPP members to join PP.
"Where will she get them?" Jika wondered.
On her part, DPP women governor for the Eastern Region Margret Sauzande said defection of Paulo to PP is not a great deal as DPP is growing stronger everyday in the region.
"She was in DPP for economic gains," Sauzande explained, refuting claims that she was sidelined and underutilized as treasurer for women in the region.
Chikuni welcomed Paulo and 55 other defectors. In a related development, 19 United Democratic Front (UDF) members also defected to the ruling PP.