Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-president for the South Region, Kondwani Nankhumwa, has said the party is the reviewing its June 23 presidential election performance and that it remains confident that it will bounce back into government at the next elections.
Nankhumwa made the remarks Thursday during a meeting with the party’s district and constituency governors from the Southern Region at its regional offices in Blantyre where he also called for unity among members.
He indicated that he had carried a communication from former president Peter Mutharika whom he says will soon come out to thank all those who voted for him.
“It was a matter of a reviewing process. You know after the June 23 election, as a party in the Southern Region, we felt it is very much important that we should go back to the people to encourage them to soldier on; the party will never die,” he said.
According to Nankhumwa, former Cabinet ministers who are members of DPP had a meeting on Wednesday where they agreed to work together and that starting from next week, there will be meetings in all the districts to strengthen the party further.
Different DPP senior members including George Chaponda, Joseph Mwanamvekha, Charles Mchacha, Victor Musowa and Brown Mpinganjira spoke at the meeting preaching the same message of unity.
Mwanamvekha, who was Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development in the DPP administration, urged the party’s followers to give respect to Mutharika for leading the party to the current level.
On his part, Musowa claimed that some of the challenges that the party is facing were caused by some top officials within the party who misled Mutharika.
DPP, led by Mutharika, who was Malawi’s president from 2014, lost the June 23 fresh presidential election in which Tonse Alliance torchbearer Lazarus Chakwera won.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
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