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DPP Nec member condemns Mutharika endorsement

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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) director of operations Joe Nyirongo has asked the party’s Northern Region Committee to withdraw its decision to endorse Peter Mutharika as the DPP torchbearer in the 2025 presidential election.

Nyirongo said the committee did not consult the Northern Region National Executive Committee (Nec) which, according to him, cannot be left out in decision-making processes.

DPP Northern Region governor Ackim Mwanza announced on Saturday that the region wants Mutharika to lead the party in forthcoming elections as he is capable of working wonders on the country’s ailing economy.

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However, speaking to journalists on Monday, Nyirongo said endorsing candidates before an elective convention is a recipe for more divisions in the party.

“I am an example of some Nec members who were not consulted when those people were coming up with the decision. I am not against our president [Peter Mutharika]; I am against actions that would lead to the spoiling of democracy in our party. Let the convention decide, not a few people endorsing leaders,” Nyirongo said.

But speaking separately, Mwanza said the committee is not moved, adding that the committee’s decision is supported by district governors and leaders from all the constituencies in the region.

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“Let him speak his mind; we are speaking on behalf of the region. People want Mutharika and they will follow the decision he will make on the matter,” Mwanza said.

At the briefing, Nyirongo also revealed that some members in the region wanted former regional governor, Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira, to take up his position, as Mwanza is working in an acting capacity.

In a separate interview, DPP vice president for the Northern Region Goodall Gondwe said the issue of Ngwira has been left in the hands of Mutharika.

Gondwe said Mutharika appointed both Ngwira and Mwanza and that, as such, he is better placed to decide.

DPP organising secretary Chimwemwe Chipungu recently said the party would come up with a determination on Ngwira’s position soon.

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