Peter Mutharika orders ‘defiant’ members out of DPP


President Peter Mutharika has ordered some Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members from the Northern Region, who are pushing for the removal of Regional Governor Kenneth Sanga— to leave the party if they are not ready to work with the current leadership.

The Daily Times has learnt that the party ‘s acting Secretary General Francis Mphepo relayed the message at a meeting held at Tourist Lodge in Mzuzu on Friday.

The meeting was aimed at uniting two factions of the party that have emerged in the region.


Earlier last month, one of the camps led by some district governors wrote President Mutharika to fire Sanga.

The camps were also seen when DPP cadets wanted to beat Mzuzu City Member of Parliament, Leonard Njikho, during the mayoral elections held last week.

Reports indicate that while one camp is led by cabinet ministers, Grace Chiumia and Vincent Ghambi, and Parliamentarian for Mzuzu City, Leonard Njikho, Sanga and Minister of Transport Jappie Mhango are behind the other.


However, Mphepo and Presidential Adviser, Hetherwick Ntaba, who led the mediation talks for the two factions hit a blank as both parties disagreed on who is bringing problems into the party.

According to a source that was part of the meeting, Sanga was accused of fielding other candidates ahead of the 2019 elections in the constituencies where the party already has Members of Parliament.

“There was chaos in the meeting. Both parties pretended as though we are united. However, the good thing is that the SG [Mphepo] said he will report everything that transpired in the meeting to the President. Therefore, the President is to decide based on the reports,” said the source.

However, p a r t y ’s spokesperson, Francis Kasaila, refused to comment on the meeting in question, arguing it is an in-house matter.

“The party is aware of the differences in the Northern Region that is why our SG is putting in effort to resolve them. This is a process and we believe we will end the conflicts amicably, however I am sorry we cannot disclose to the media the issue which is within in our house.” Kasaila said.

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