End of the DPP road: loses by-elections, effects of divisions

Aug 24, 2022

It is no longer a secret Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) infighting is costing the party’s popularity. On 9 July, 2022 the Malawi Electoral Commission held stakeholders meeting to launch the by-elections scheduled for 23 August in three wards.

Commissioner Dr Emmanuel Fabiano launched the by-elections on behalf of MEC. Shire Ward in Balaka fell vacant on 24 October, 2021 due to the death of Councillor Patrick Botomani of the United Democratic Front (UDF), vacancy in Lupembe Ward in Karonga arose on 11 December, 2021 following the death of Councillor Vincent Kayuni of Alliance for Democracy (Aford) and Wenya Ward in Chitipa fell vacant because of the passing on of Councillor Pearson Kapira of Malawi Congress Party on 13th June, 2022.

But despite fielding candidates in all the areas, DPP has scored zero with the ruling Malawi Congress Party winning a lion’s share getting two seats.

The DPP’s dismal performance could be attributed to the in-fighting in the former ruling party. In June this year DPP removed its estranged vice-president (South) Kondwani Nankhumwa as Leader of Opposition in Parliament and replaced him with Mulanje South West legislator George Thapatula Chaponda.

The party spokesperson Shadric Namalomba told reporters that the meeting they had at the residence of DPP leader and former president Peter Mutharika in Mangochi, also elected Nkhata Bay Central legislator Symon Vuwa Kaunda as chief whip with Zomba Chingale member of Parliament (MP) Lonnie Chijere Phiri as his deputy and Mulanje Bale MP Victor Musowa as leader of backbenchers.

But Nankhumwa said he was not invited and went to court to get an injunction.

And just recently there have scrumbles over Bangwe Desert ground where the UDF and the DPP, who apparently are in an alliance, were set to hold separate political rallies scheduled on the same day.

Blantyre City Assembly rebuffed their request to hold a rally at Bangwe Desert Ground on Sunday, August 28,2022 for DPP madala team.

It is reported that the DPP National Organizing Secretary started publicizing the rally before getting approval from the city authorities; not knowing that UDF had already booked and paid for the venue.

It took one Limbe District Governor who trekked from Limbe to Blantyre Civic offices to do the booking, only to be told off by the authorities that, they only recognized the Yellow folks as the ones to use the ground on the said date.

With these squabbles DPP is reaping from them and will never win future polls.

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