Things are unfolding in different places, except that they are doing so at a faster and destructive pace in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). In the latest unfolding, the party has fired its governor for the southern region, Charles Mchacha.
Organizing secretary for the party Chimwemwe Chipungu has confirmed the firing, saying Mchacha has exposed himself to the action after undermining the candidacy endorsement of the party’s current leader, Arther Peter Mutharika (APM).
Regional factions for the DPP were, over the past week, activated to announce “their” endorsement for Peter Mutharika as a desirable torchbearer for the party come the next presidential elections.
However, divisions continue to widen in the opposition DPP as senior National Governing Council (NGC) members are resisting the endorsements of the party leader Peter Mutharika as possible candidate in the oncoming presidential election to be held in 2025.
DPP National Publicity Secretary who is also Member of Parliament for Mwanza Central, Nicholas Dausi, and other senior NGC members addressed journalists in Lilongwe on Thursday (yesterday) where they spoke against the purported endorsements for APM ahead of the elective conference slated for July 2 this year.
Dausi has further accused Mutharika of hiding behind regional factions that are endorsing his candidature, challenging him to man up and say his interest using his own mouth. Regional factions from the North, Central and Southern region have planted their support for Mutharika.
The northern chapter has been led by a convict, Mzomera Ngwira, who has since partly served a prison sentence before receiving President Chakwera’s pardon that has released him.
Another DPP member hoping for the party’s candidacy is politician David Mbewe who tells people that he is a pastor and running a church.
Mbewe who has released a written Press Statement today (14th April 2023) says he “wishes to contest for a presidential slot” in the party, further accusing Mutharika and his fellow present leaders of the party of declining the party’s popularity.
“These endorsements are only a greed trait from a cabal of tribalists who would want to prolong the Lhomwe grip on the DPP without any sort of justification for doing so”, said Mbewe in the statement.
“This cabal, responsible for Mutharika’s shameful defeat in 2020, thinks by sticking to the old man they may continue to plunder public resources as was the case between 2005 to 2012 under the late professor Bingu wa Mutharika and from 2014 to 2020 under APM”.