It never rains but it pours for the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as High Court Judge Simeon Mdeza has descended on the party like a ton of bricks, ordering it to hold an elective National Convention within 90 days. High Court Judge Simeon Mdeza has also quashed the resolutions made during the Nkopola Lodge National Governing Council (NGC) meeting in July this year as nonsense, a sham and threat to intra-party democracy.
During the aforementioned July NGC meeting, attending members endorsed various resolutions, including the endorsement of the current party president, Peter Mutharika, as the DPP’s candidate for the upcoming 2025 general elections. Subsequently, several party officials, including DPP Vice President for the South Kondwani Nankhumwa, Secretary General Grelzeder Jeffrey, Jappie Mhango, and Yusuf Nthenda, filed an application seeking to invalidate the proceedings and resolutions from the July NGC meeting.
Judge Simeon Mdeza has now invalidated the NGC meeting, deeming it fraudulent and a danger to intra-party democracy. He has issued an order for the party to conduct a “properly constituted National Governing Council meeting and Elective National Political Conference” within the next ninety days.