The DPP constitution says office bearers shall hold office for five years. The 3rd July 2023 will make the lapse of the five year mandate the DPP convention gave to the current office bearers. It means after 3rd July 2023, all positions in DPP will be vacant.
It was seen from the onset that Party President Peter Mutharika is averse to the idea of holding a convention on 3rd July 2023 and sensing a constitutional crisis as days are approaching, Mutharika has called for a National Governing Council meeting on 24th June, 2023 at Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi.
In a statement released signed by party Secretary General Grezzelder Jeffrey and Shadric Namalomba who is the spokesperson of the party, the National Governing Council meeting will set dates for its extra-ordinary elective convention.
“The Central Committee resolved that the party shall hold the National Governing Council meeting on 24th June, 2023 at Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi,” reads part of the statement released after the Central Committee of the party met pursuant to article 9 (5) (d) of the DPP constitution which mandates them to set the dates for the NGC meeting.
With the venue being neutral—not the Page House of President Mutharika, all daggers at the indaba will be drawn and the meeting is expected to be a make or break meeting.