Former president Peter Mutharika, who is also leader of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), has told people in the party who want to take over from him to have patience while the party carries out a functional review that will pave the way for a convention.
Mutharika, who was speaking Friday for the first time since losing the June 23 fresh elections, said the party has hired some private individuals to do a function review of the party to ensure that it knows where it went wrong and how to rectify the systems which are not working.
“We want to review the whole system. The committee doing that research will present the report on 31st October. From there, we will hold an NGC meeting to plan for the Convention where I will hand over power to anybody who will be elected by the people,” he said.
Mutharika further accused some members within the party whom he said want to take the party’s leadership by force and sell it to what he described as highest bidders.
“What they are doing is very irresponsible and selfish. They want to take the party by force and sell it to the highest bidder. I don’t have any preferred candidate to take over from me, what I want is to leave the party with individuals who are responsible and capable enough because I know that running a party is more difficult than running a government,” he said.
He claimed the DPP lost government because some individuals introduced some systems to deliberately disadvantage his party.
He expressed hope that his successor, President Lazarus Chakwera, will continue some of the projects which he initiated to ensure that Malawi develops like other African countries.
“Whatever I did in the six years when I was president, I did that in the interest of Malawians. We need to continue with that spirit to ensure that the government works in the interest of the people,” he said.