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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Regional Governor for the North Christopher Mzomera Ngwira has revealed that some members in his committee have started raising concerns over leadership succession in the immediate-past governing party.

Ngwira said at an emergency regional meeting that was held in Mzuzu on Friday that the main questions members raised were meant to find out if the party’s president Peter Mutharika will remain its leader or he will hand over the presidency to someone else.

Ngwira said some members in the Northern Region committee are confused with attacks by some leaders apparently directed at Mutharika on social media while others want him to resign.

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He has, however, said the regional committee members have agreed to respect Mutharika’s decision on the matter.

“I have told my fellow members that no one should be found attacking our president on party WhatsApp groups. I personally cannot do that. Let us wait for him to make a decision to hand over the position or remain our president.

“All these people whom you think can be our leaders were mentored by Mutharika. Remember, he took us from the opposition following the death of his brother Bingu wa Mutharika. Therefore, let him finish his term that was mandated by the convention until 2024, unless, he thinks otherwise,” Ngwira said.

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Mutharika was not available for a comment.

But University of Livingstonia political analyst George Phiri said the only means DPP can resolve the succession leadership wrangle that is brewing is to hold a convention.

Phiri said the party needs serious restructuring from top positions to the grass roots if it wants to bounce back into government in 2025.

“ I would agree with those who want to suggest that Mutharika should resign because he cannot take the party into government now. The party needs new leadership that should lead reforms and prepare for 2025 elections. Therefore, this is supposed to be done now,” Phiri said.

At the meeting, the members also agreed to embark on a restructuring process in all constituencies apparently because the party has ghost area committees.

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