• December 7, 2022 12:34 pm

End of the Road as DPP refuse to recognise its own Shadow Cabinet

Feb 13, 2022

By Malawi Exclusive

Dust refuses to die in the recent past ruling party as the infighting grow.

DPP, has categorically stated that it doesn’t recognise the just constituted shadow cabinet. In the letter from the party’s Administrative Secretary, Hon Francis Mphepo, DPP is of the view that a shadow cabinet is of no value in a hybridised government system of presidential and parliamentary set-up.

The DPP has since resolved to continue tackling parliamentary issues using its appointed Spokespersons on specific matters, rendering the shadow cabinet role invalid.

Of late, DPP has been rocked with infighting which has resisted all resolution efforts, legal ones inclusive. There are two distinct waring factions in the main opposition camp. One is led by the Leader of Opposition in parliament, Hon Kondwani Nankhumwa; the other by the party president, Peter Mutharika. It seems Nankhumwa came up with the shadow cabinet without consulting the rival camp for obvious reasons. The two camps are fighting for the DPP presidency.

In February 2020, DPP presser was marred by ugly scenes of violence after two camps in the leadership race were involved in physical altercation. Unknown thugs manhandled former DPP spokesperson, Brown Mpinganjira. These thugs were allegedly sponsored by Nankhumwa. As if that wasn’t enough, stinking verbal war erupted between National Organising Secretary, Chimwemwe Chipungu and Bangwe Mthandizi Ward Councilor, Isaac Jomo Osman, popularly known as Ntopwa 1.

The persistent in-house fights have rendered DPP too weak as main opposition party. The party can’t ably provide the much needed checks and balances the the government of the day.

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