Threatened to be barred from conducting rallies in Eastern Region
By Malawi Exclusive
As divisions continue to deepen in the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) southern region Vice President for the Party Kondwani Nakhumwa has been warned to desist from badmouthing the party President Peter Mutharika or risk being barred from holding political rallies in the Eastern Region.
In an apparent reference to the embattled leader of a faction in the divided DPP, Eastern Region Director of Youth Steven Bamusi told the gathering at Balaka Primary School Ground where a faction loyal to Mutharika conducted a rally that the region will not welcome anyone disrespecting the party President Peter Mutharika.
‘’All the people we want to win at the convention are the ones gathered here. Lastly, I would like to tell each of you that we as a region will not entertain anyone who is castigating Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika. I would like to stress here that anyone who has been badmouthing Professor Mutharika will not be welcomed in the Eastern Region,” said Bamusi.
The guest of honour at the rally held on Sunday was the former First Lady Getrude Mutharika.
The rally was led by The Eastern region Vice President Bright Msaka who was graced by presidential aspirant Dalitso Kabambe, Central Region Vice President Zelia Chakale, Central Region Governor Richard Kambalame, Southern Region Governor Charles Mchacha, former Minister of Local Government Ben Phiri and some members of parliament.
The DPP has been rocked by leadership squabbles which has fractured the party into factions, one led by Nankhumwa who is also leader of opposition in Parliament while the other faction is led by Mutharika.
Expectedly, Nankhumwa and his lieutenants like Party Secretary General Grezzelda Jeffrey did not attend the rally. This rally follows another one the Central Region committee loyal to Mutharika held earlier this month at Mgona ground in Lilongwe.