Fresh calls for DPP convention


Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) director of operations Joe Nyirongo has asked party president Peter Mutharika to call for a convention this year before the party loses members at grassroot level.

Nyirongo is of the view that a lot of people are frustrated with wrangles that have eclipsed party activities, expressing hope that a party convention would be key to addressing current problems.

According to the party’s constitution, DPP is supposed to hold its elective convention in 2023.


“Every person is leading his people within the party. We do not meet and discuss [issues] to address problems. Unity disappeared long time back. This has killed our party. Therefore, before we completely lose many of our members, let us just go to a convention,” Nyirongo said.

Nyirongo also pointed out that current attacks on social media among party spokesperson Shadric Namalomba, DPP vice president for the Southern Region Kondwani Nankhumwa and the Mutharika family avoided.

But Namalomba said Nyirongo would have raised the issue during a National Executive Committee meeting other than the path he has taken.


“We still feel the convention should be held next year because the current leadership is still looking at recommendations which were put on the table that aim at restructuring the party,” Namalomba said.

Political commentator George Phiri concurred with Nyirongo, saying leadership wrangles would negatively affect party rebuilding efforts.

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