BY FESTON MALEKEZO
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Zomba Central Constituency aspiring Member of Parliament (MP) Yunus Mussa has withdrawn from contesting as vice-president for the Eastern Region.
Mussa was expected to challenge Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka on the position at the party’s elective convention slated for July 1-3 this year.
“A few days ago, it was reported I had expressed interest to contest for the position of DPP vice-president for the Eastern Region at the forthcoming convention. I, indeed, expressed that interest at that time. However, since that time, I have given further consideration to the matter and I consulted widely among my political advisers, my supporters and members of my family,” he said.
Mussa said he wants to concentrate on a parliamentary seat which he lost in 2014.
“I have also come to further conclusion that my role in DPP will be more effective if I concentrated on Zomba Central Constituency and as a Member of Parliament. If you may recall in 2014 elections, we [DPP] garnered over 37,000 votes for President [Peter Mutharika] in Zomba City and the entire Zomba District we got over 220,000 votes for President Mutharika, so I would want to consolidate and add more votes for the President in the forthcoming elections,” he said.
He has, however, dismissed reports that DPP has anchored some national governing council positions in the regions as a move which has prompted his withdrawal.
Msaka was appointed DPP’s vice-president for the region after Mussa lost his seat during the May 2014 Tripartite Elections.
Apparently, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa has come in the open to challenge former minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda for the vice-presidency of Southern Region.
While in the Central Region, Uladi Mussa is set to challenge incumbent vice-president Hetherwick Ntaba.
It is still not clear as to who will contest for the position of vice-president in the Northern Region.
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