The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is now embroiled in an intensified political struggle, escalating to unprecedented heights. Following Peter Mutharika’s expulsion of the party’s Vice President, Nankhumwa, a retaliatory maneuver is underway. The ousted Kondwani Nankhumwa intends to present a private members bill in Parliament, proposing a prohibition on individuals above the age of 80 from vying for the Malawi Presidency.
This strategic move is envisioned as a dose of political medicine for Mutharika, whose aspirations for the Malawi Presidency in 2025 remain undeterred despite his advanced age. The anticipation is that members of Parliament from the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) will readily endorse the bill, serving as a punitive measure against Mutharika. Nankhumwa sees this as an opportunity to settle scores with Mutharika, who impeded his own presidential aspirations by restricting his access to the DPP vehicle. For the MCP, supporting the bill is perceived as a means to sow discord within the opposition ranks, ensuring a smooth and inevitable victory in the impending 2025 elections.
The parliamentary deliberations on this matter are scheduled for this current month of February.