Outspoken Democratic Progressive Party director of youth, Lewis Ngalande, has blamed President Peter Mutharika for the mess in the party, accusing him of entertaining the gossip that has destroyed the party.
Ngalande says, in a letter written to Mutharika and copied to Vice- President Saulos Chilima and party secretary general Greselder Jeffrey, that the party should urgently hold a National Governing Council (NGC) meeting to resolve the deepening crisis.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) last held an NGC meeting in 2013.
“Mr President Arthur Peter Mutharika, you are the biggest problem that has contributed to all this mess. As a leader, you have entertained confusionists in the party long enough and gave [sic] them power to manipulate you with lies…,” reads the letter in part.
“You have betrayed the trust of many in DPP by sharing some great intelligence with wrong people, which in return [sic] created enmity among your soldiers,” Ngalande says in the letter.
He lectures his boss by asking him to stop sharing intelligence with his wife and blames him for the slow way in which he reacts to addressing party issues.
“Mr President, your slow pace of acting is another reason DPP is in problems which we see today, ever since you were elected into power, you have never called for an NGC meeting where people would voice their grievances,” he said.
Ngalande challenged the President to admit failure and resolve the worsening crisis in the party while there is still time.
“As a leader Mr President, admit you have failed and the problems have reached a cancerous state but it’s not too late to turn the tables,” reads the letter in party.
He asked the President to tame some of his advisers and assistants who he accused of dividing the party and “playing double standards”.
“In case you do not know Mr President, it is not only [Patricia] Kaliati, [Allan] Ngumuya, Winiko [Bon Kalindo], [Noel] Masangwi and [Lewis] Ngalande who are championing for Chilima’s presidency. There are people like Francis Kasaila, [Grace] Obama Chiumia, Aaron Sangala, Peter Kumpalume and Marison Ndau who you think are with you but they are in Chilima’s camp,” Ngalande claims in the letter.
Ndau, a lawmaker from the Central Region, yesterday confirmed that he is behind Chilima. He becomes the fifth Member of Parliament (MP) to come out in the open and back the Vice-President as the DPP’s soap opera enters another dramatic episode.
Ndau joins the ranks of Mulanje West MP Kaliati, Blantyre City South MP Ngumuya, Kalindo of Mulanje South Constituency, Blantyre City East legislator Masangwi and Misesa Ward Councillor Ngalande as the first group of senior party members to publicly declare support for Chilima
“Yes, it is true that I am supporting Dr Chilima. President Mutharika has done his part and it’s time for him to go. What we want is that he should leave a good legacy like his late brother Bingu,” he said.
Ndau’s confirmation authenticates claims by Ngalande that some of the people who pretend to be on the President’s side owe allegiance to the other camp.
Kasaila did not pick his mobile phone on several attempts while Chiumia’s phone could not be reached for comment.
However, Kumpalume denied the allegations, saying he stands by what he said at a press briefing in Lilongwe where he told the media that Mutharika is still active and should represent DPP in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.
Sangala denied endorsing Chilima but did not come outright if he is supporting President Mutharika either.
“It is not true that I am supporting Chilima,” he said.
When asked if he supports Mutharika, he answered: “No comment on that one. You asked me about Chilima and I have answered that.”
Ngalande, however, said even the MPs who wanted Mutharika to lead the party in next year’s elections at the press conference last week are calling Chilima in secret to pledge their allegiance.
“While 50 percent of your Members of Parliament endorsed your presidency in public, 75 percent sneaked to your VP at night and promised their allegiance there,” reads the letter in part.
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