Some members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the Northern Region have formed a grouping called Chilima Movement to drum up support for Vice President, Saulos Chilima’s candidature in next year’s elections.
The grouping is being led by DPP deputy Regional Governor for the North Afiki Mbewe.
“We have observed how resistant some leaders are, in blocking our candidate, Saulos Chilima, to win support at the convention. Therefore, this group will meet all party members in all the constituencies in the region to sell our candidate.
“We are not dividing the party but only that we just want to encourage other party members and leaders at district and constituency levels within the DPP family not to fear leaders but love their party,” Mbewe said.
He claimed that out of 22 district governors in the region, only two, Christopher Mtambo of Rumphi Urban and Kondwani Lusale of Mzimba North, are against Chilima.
But when we contacted District Governor for Mzimba Hora, Matthew Kawamba, he distanced himself from the grouping. He said people in his district are behind President Peter Mutharika.
Chitipa District Governor Singoma Ng’ambi also dismissed Mbewe’s claims.
“We already rejected his claims last time and we do not know why he is still implicating us in his latest lies. We are for APM [Arthur Peter Mutharika] at convention and he will be on the ballot,” Ng’ambi said.
But Mbewe said very few party leaders at regional, district and constituency levels are ready to come out now and endorse Chilima.
He said the leaders were ordered to tell the media that they have removed him from his position because of his support for Chilima.
“Do you think the governors can come in the open now to declare their support for Chilima. Wait and you will see how they will betray our President,” Mbewe said.
But DPP Regional Governor for the North, Kenneth Sanga, said Mbewe cannot form a movement because he has no resources and support.
“Wangayamba nakuyamba yayi? Wana vichi… [He cannot even begin to think about it. What does he have?]” Sanga said.
Mbewe said the movement will be officially launched next week where, among others, some people from other parties will also declare their new stand.
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