A scattered political house that is Democratic Progressive(?) Party (DPP) held an event attempting to restore unity ahead of its elective indaba for the party’s torchbearer in the upcoming 2025 presidential election.
The event which was billed to be a fundraiser saw all DPP’s warring factions converging together at Mount Soche hotel in Blantyre.
The main guest and principle speaker at the event was the former president of the country, Peter Mutharika, who inherited the DPP leadership from his departed brother and founder of the party.
Ahead of the 2025 presidential election, several members of the party have highlighted their ambitions to contest for and assume the party’s leadership and bear its torch. Notable competitors include Kondwani Nankhumwa who is the party’s leader in the Parliament as the main opposition, a former Minister of Finance Joseph Mwanamveka, Dalitso Kabambe who is famous for fraudulent wire transfer of MK1 billion from Reserve bank where he was governor to FDH, rumoured to be a money laundering portal the DPP and Zomba Parliamentarian Bright Msaka who once served as Minister of Justice during DPP’s first stay in power.
However, what was meant to be a unifying invent ended up being a battle ground where the current leader of the party threw some stiff punches on Nankhumwa describing him as ‘a brut’.
Mutharika urged the delegates to mind their in-house vote during their scheduled indaba not to vote for ‘bulutu’ at the convention as the presidential candidate, a statement that has been widely interpreted to be a direct reference to Kondwani George Malemia Nankhumwa whose academic qualifications are still surrounded by fraud scandal.
Nankhumwa has been in endless direct confrontations with the Page House authority that governs the party outside parliament. Such confrontational battles have ranged from internal and public memos to court battles that have been won back and forth leaving Page House, where Mutharika resides, anguished and bitter.