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DPP undecided on Peter Mutharika

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Charles Mchacha

By Deogratias Mmana:

Erstwhile governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)’s supporters abroad have asked President Peter Mutharika to hand the party’s top leadership position to others.

“It is about time Peter Mutharika was shown the exit door. The party’s future is in doldrums,” said Maxwell Lamya, who claimed to speak on behalf of DPP followers in the United States.

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He added that the party needed to conduct democratic elections to choose a leader “as soon as possible”.

The party was the biggest loser in the recent by-elections where it only managed to win two ward seats of Liviridzi in Balaka District and Chitakale in Mulanje District.

However, Southern Region DPP governor Charles Mchacha said the party could not rush to hold a convention without conducting a post-mortem of its performance since last year’s tripartite elections.

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“National Executive Committee [members] should meet; National Governing Council (NGC) should meet. They should discuss the [issue of] convention but, before that, there should be a post-mortem,” said Mchacha, adding that Mutharika remains the party’s leader.

He faulted some people for bringing confusion into the party instead of working to rebuild it.

However, Eastern Region governor Sheikh Imran Mtenje said people should forget about an early convention unless Mutharika resigns.

Mtenje said the party should respect its own constitution, which means a convention cannot be held before 2023.

“There is no need to meet and amend the constitution to allow for an early convention. DPP followers should follow the law which we, ourselves, made,” he said.

He concurred with Mchacha that some leaders have not been doing their job.

Mtenje attributed DPP’s loss in the recent by-elections in seven constituencies and two wards to what he called poor strategy and not leadership.

Northern Region DPP governor Ackim Mwanza echoed Mchacha’s sentiments, saying the party’s constitution should be respected.

“It should not be a call from individuals to have an early convention but the Nec and NGC.

“We need to tackle the challenges with sober minds instead of rushing to hold a convention. APM will be there for five years,” he said.

Central Region governor David Kambalame said the party needed to adopt views of the majority.

“The majority should rule. Let us take people’s views,” he said.

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