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Kondwani Nankhumwa dares Peter Mutharika

As Mutharika hints at ballot box return

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Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa says he is ready to face former president and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika should he contest at the party’s convention.

Speaking to the Voice of America on Sunday, Mutharika indicated that he has been getting calls to contest for the presidency in elections slated for 2025.

Mutharika’s spokesperson Shadric Namalomba confirmed these sentiments but was quick to say his boss will have to go through the party’s convention.

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“The constitution of DPP has no limits, much as he will have been president of the party for 10 years. Another element is that he did not finish his second term as president of the country, which is why he wants to come back and finish development projects he initiated. He is very popular among party members. You can actually do a survey on Times Radio and you will appreciate how popular he is.

“The issue of age does not arise in this, as both the country’s constitution and the party’s do not say anything about the age. I mean, look at Joe Biden [the United States president]; he is somewhere around 82 [years] but he is the president of the United States. So, age is not something that should stop someone from availing themselves to be a leader,” Namalomba said.

In an interview with The Daily Times Monday, Nankhumwa, who is also the party’s Southern Region vice president, said he is ready to contest against anyone in the party.

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“I have already said I am ready to contest against anyone who wants to contest at the convention. And I must say I will win,” he said.

University of Malawi-based political analyst Mustapha Hussein said this shows continued rivalry in the party, arguing that a party convention is the right place where a torch-bearer can be chosen.

“I find that as a continuation of the rivalry and misunderstanding in the DPP because what is expected is that the convention of the party is the one that has to choose a torchbearer of the party and, now, since APM says he wants to contest and Nankhumwa is ready to challenge him, it just shows the rivalry that is in the party.

“One expects that, as democrats, they have to allow that a convention [be organised] to choose the person who will contest for the party,” Hussein said.

Recently, at a meeting of some of the party’s lawmakers held at Mutharika’s Page House in Mangochi District, participants replaced Nankhumwa with George Chaponda as Leader of the Opposition.

However, Nankhumwa challenged the decision in court.

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