DPP blames itself for unpopularity in North Malawi

Minutes of a closed meeting held by ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) politburo in Mzuzu show that the party blames itself for its unpopularity in the northern region, marking the July 20 killings and the party’s stance on quota system as some of the factors that heightened the phenomenon.

Goodall Gondwe: Now DPP vice president

Goodall Gondwe: Attended the meeting

Despite emerging victors in the May 20 tripartite elections, the DPP had an unimpressive stint in the northern region which, ironically, was regarded as the ‘home of DPP’ during the first term of late Pres. Bingu wa Mutharika in office.

A flurry of negative developments including the death of 20 people in the northern region during the July 20, 2011 anti-Bingu protests and the quota system – alleged to be DPP’s plan to block northerners from getting maximum access to institutions of higher learning, are believed to have contributed to the party’s erratic state in the north.

At a review meeting on Saturday, attended by all DPP parliamentarians at St John’s Nursing College Main Hall in Mzuzu, the party’s leaders are said to have taken turns to blame themselves for their lost glory.

Much as the party’s regional governor for the north Kenneth Sanga chased reporters from private media houses citing confidentiality, Nyasa Times was able to follow the deliberations from outside the hall because of the public address system that was being used.

According to Genala Mwachipoka, one of the DPP members who spoke at the meeting, the party may completely have no followers or votes in the 2019 general elections should it not reverse its decisions such as the quota system.

“Our party is slowly dying. The main reason is nothing apart from quota system which segregates northerners. If we are not careful we will get zero votes from the northern region in the next elections,” said Mwachipoka.

Most members from the party’s political districts who attended the meet corroborated the sentiments, calling for a complete overhaul on how the party executed some issues of national importance.

Finance minister Goodall Gondwe and national campaign director Jappie Mhango were also in attendance.

Gondwe, however, failed to provide touching responses on the issues raised and accused the former ruling People’s Party (PP) for rejecting the quota system now that they were out of government.

“They are the ones behind such criticisms to frustrate the DPP government,” he said.

While a similar meeting ended in a mess following disagreements between the party’s youth wing in the region and its leadership about a week ago, the Saturday meeting was calm and visibly democratic as most members reportedly expressed their concerns without fear.

The 20 youth cadets were suspended from the party over the matter.

In the 2014 tripartite elections the majority of the DPP parliamentary candidates who were regarded as the party’s pillars in the northern region including Nick Masebo – the party’s vice president for the region – lost their seats miserably, a situation that prompted the Saturday meeting.

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44 thoughts on “DPP blames itself for unpopularity in North Malawi”

  1. No. 31. you are not only stupid but also SILLY

  2. Clement says:

    Those against DPP must go.We won without you and we will do the same without your votes only those voted DPP from the north we alwayz respect you.

  3. Chims says:

    Phiri ndwe mbuz yamano kusi.Dpp inangowina sikuyang’ana za owavotera koma ndalama basi.pelekan ndalama za ma mornitor kuno ku lilongwe. Makhansala önse DPP palibe chomwe akuchta.Ntchto kunyambitira k114 000 nditiana take basi.kulilongwe kuno mudzachte kubela vot mwina …….Masaf program palibe cha mzeru ndkuona ikukomera a dpp okha bas.Achnyamata titapita ku mtunthama munat chan?kumbukilan lonjezo lanu.ndyamba kutchula maina

  4. Gimbogo says:

    Kumpoto. Kulibe mavoti a DPP timadalira kumwera

  5. Kenkkk says:

    Very commendable for DPP to carry out its self evaluation and being spot on for admitting that they are themselves to blame for the party’s unpopularity in the north.

    My advice is please listen to what
    Gennala is saying.

    The next election will be very difficult to cheat and steal votes. Be warned!!! A repeat in 2019 of what happened in the 2014 elections could lead to civil war in the country.

  6. Chibanja tv,ntchewe iwe. Where on earth can this dpp take us.

  7. Yanyamuka says:

    What we need is federalism or independence no need for recriminations

  8. Phiri says:

    Kodi nkhani ya wiota system mumaikoka inu nokha akumpoti why? Mumatinyasa nayo nkhani imeneyi.
    Mufune musafune come 2019 Dpp izawinanso mopola muyezo.

    1. Tiyanjane says:

      Ukanakhala ndi maphunziro okwana amene amakuyenelesa kumvera ndikuwelenga news zosiyana siyana, ukanaziwa kuti Hon Alekeni Menyana a ku Dedza ananeratu pa interview ya Times kuti savomereza qouta system. Ukanamvera, ukanaphunzira zifukwa za maganizo awowa osiyana ndi a iweyo. Olemekezekawa ndi ena mwa a Malawi ambiri a ku mwera ndi pakati amene ali pamene ali chifukwa cha merit, amene akudziwa kuti angathe kuchita compete ndi mMalawi wina aliyense pa maphunziro ndi pa ntchito.

      Koma iye amene ali ndi mantha ndi competition, amabisalila pothamangila kunyoza mitundu yina ndikuyankhula za kuwina kwa chipani chake. Mukhumudwa nayetu Peter! Kuteleku iwe siukuwelenga zikuchitika ku Kamuzu Palace? Iwe ukuganiza Public Reforms ndi masewera? Peter ndi mu american mukayandesedwe ka zinthu. Tiziwonela limodzi.

  9. MCP GVT says:

    I don’t think those who voted 4 dpp were doing alert. I believe they were blinded up. How can one family rule us 3 terms? Don’t we have wise people who can serve us better? Mind u, north is not a play ground 4 dpp any more. If u scoop some votes last year its because we didn’t know chakwera well. Let’s wait 4 2019.

  10. happening boy says:

    If mcp Can strategise for North and centre then come up with propre figures in South, then surely the party take over, advocate abolishing of kota system, access to various positions in the governnment and the party itself. I really feel North should have one bloc of identity, say one party then partiner with mcp, reposition itself properly. Aford or something, let Harry, Dan, Mzomera, Enock run Aford including the respected fellows from the North, put Aford in order, Malawi Can ne redeamed and brought to another level. People from centre should look up to mcp leadership, i whole heartedly admit dpp Will not take Malawi anywhere, we are in big shit. Personal take.

  11. Not DPP but Gondwe is unpopular!!

  12. PLEASE DPP WITH THE MENTIONED MEETING YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFULL, DPP WILL BE DIVED VERY SOON, IF NOT THIS 2015 THEN 2016/2018 — PLEASE TAKE A STUDY SOON TO SEAL THE PUCHES/HOLES.

    DPP AND UDF ——- RING —- WILL SPOIL THE DPP, THIS WILL CROP UP JUST BECAUSE OF WHAT LATE BINGU DID WITH UDF BY FORMING THE DPP.

  13. meta says:

    dpp wi stl win.

  14. Tiyanjane says:

    The report here is about DPP executive in the North assessing its performance with the aim to increase the party’s acceptance in the region. The report is not about ethnic issues. As a person from the north who voted for Chakwela in 2014, I believe I am a mtumbuka wokonda Malawi and NOT wozikonda, otherwised my vote would have gone to Kamuzu Chibambo. I am not MCP, but I do believe MCP is a party committed to take Malawi to greater heights.

    On the other hand, if Peter can prove to me that he is working towards total elimination of all ‘gates’, advance entrance to higher education based on merit, balance up top positions in govt and parastals and STAMP out these ethnic divisions we are seeing here(though by the same few insecure people); then why should I not give him my vote in 2019.

    Peter and DPP inner circle know that given a TRUE/GENUINE election process, my vote, together with the votes of my fellow 1million Tumbuka voters matter and can build or break a party.

  15. Nkhalamba yopanda mano says:

    Chipani ichi chitha ngati makatani limodzi ndi UDF yoti yatha kale!

  16. Onasiwelo says:

    Calling names and regions will not help us in any way, there are capable people from all regions and some are not also not capable, we can not say all lohmwe are capable that is not true the same applies to the tumbukas let wake up and start thinking guys. If we say let divide this country the disadvantages will affect each region and advantages each region the questions we should be asking our self is are we doing the right thing? Is it in the interest of our nation? Are being fare to our children? How many countries which splints in two more are developing? What are the results of doing this in the short term and long term. For sure calling names will not be a good thing. GOD created every person for a purpose and GOD knows everyone is important. just like the body needs all body parts the country needs all regions and people to work together for the betterment of the nation. I hate people with shallow minds who only knows how to hate in this country.

    1. Tiyanjane says:

      Thank you Onasiwelo. Let us join hands to educate these hate promoters.

      1. Kennedy nali says:

        People like you, should be called hero. You’ve leadership minds, thanks .

  17. Chibanja tv says:

    Facts raised here are rather stupid and ridiculous, Joice Banda administration followed the same quota system and nobody raised the alarm, why today? You unpatriotic Malawians follow our politics with keen interest and not just comment for the sake of it, this is sponsored propaganda aimed at bringing divisions in DPP.

    Recently we had by elections in both parliamentary and local councils, to just remind you prophets of doom DPP won in Mzimba and Karonga local councils elections wasn’t this enough to signify Dpps growth in popularity in the North? In all essence did July 20 people died from one region only? all in all know that with or without north DPP will still have a landslide victory come 2019 kunyozana mitundu sindale koma uchitsiru wa munthu because others were just born like that – seeing negatives only.

  18. nyasa boy says:

    Nkhani yayi kulu if akumpoto tikhale patokha mwinatingawone Ku sintha made tatopa nanu akubainu

  19. One reason I am beginning to fall in love with DPP is the open mindedness showcased in this discourse. Very few political parties will have time for a critical self assessment like this one and will instead just pretend that all is well and move on. DPP has really shown maturity in this because this will bring to the fore the urgency for the party to change one or two things that will make the dream of its president prof. Peter Mutharika to perform better in 2019 than it did in 2014. This party really deserves to be a progressive party for this.

  20. bwanji kodi says:

    aMalawi tonse Mulungu amatikonda tisadane ayi.

  21. Kanyimbi says:

    I was a secondary school teacher for 12 years. But there was no proof that a student can perform better just because he or she is a Tumbuka. Moreover the Chewa tribe was doing better than the Tumbuka students. But there is no scientific proof for this.

    1. Kaliati Galu says:

      You were a savage, uneducated secondary school teacher yourself. Which sec. scho. had such unable teacher not fit to be a sec teacher? Very unfortunate, you seem to be very dull, shallow minded, little brain creature. Sorry !!!!!!!!!!

  22. chikoya says:

    MCP 2019 ikutenga whole north,centre and parts of south. Dpp and udf to lose miserably.

  23. MWALA KULIMBA says:

    NGAKHALE udf MUSADZAIKONDE ZILIBE NTCHITO CHIFUKWA DZIKO LINO SIMUDZALAMULA ATAAA!!!dpp WON WITHOUT udf .NANGA ATAPHATIKIZANA ZIDZATHA BWA???? A MBWENU MULI MMADZI. MUDZINGOWOMBERA MMANJA BASI .QUOTA SYSTEM YOMWEYO KUTI WA!WA! WA!WA! KUTI WA!!

  24. mgwantha says:

    Anthu a kumpoto chimene mukuwakakamila ndi chani? Akufuna ayime paokha mukukana koma chinyozelenicho. Aaaa tatopa nanu sikuti titakhala patokha tingakulireni inu ayi. We need our freedom, mwatizunza ndikale inu alhomwe ndi ayao. Mavoti athu mulibe nawo ntchito ifenso tilibe nanu ntchito. Tingofuna nafenso tizizilamulira pa tokha. Federalism is the answer mukutibela zinthu zathu kuno muchokeko.

  25. Kadakwiza says:

    I’ve been following Malawi politics for sometime. I’d discovered that from 1994 people from the south started hating people from the north. Am thinking it was Bakili Muluzi’s plan to be popular in the south so he should stay in power for long. Selfish leadership. After May 1994 elections Muluzi took the advantage of elections and start dividing the nation than uniting. His plans to destroy AFORD made things worse. Malawians we had never be united during UDF. When Bingu came in. He deceived the northerners as if he had them at heart. By picking a fight with Muluzi his only refuge was the north. That is why we saw DPP winning in the north after the 2009 elections. Northerners started to see the true colours of Bingu when he started getting rid of Hon, Goodall Gondwe and Hon. Khumbo Kachali. The Muthalikas hate the north so much no one knows why. What Malawians are looking for is a leader who will love his people and country. DPP as a party do not hate the north. Its the leadership. The Muthalikas.

  26. Mkanachigwada says:

    Malawi ndiyosawuka chifukwa cha Alomwe amangbelekana no plan. Ka mwana ka zaka 20 koma kabeleka kale ana 5. No wonder ana amasikini ndi ambiri mu Blantyre. Alomwe mumangodziwa kuchindana basi No chitukuko, No school! seeeeee vindele vakufikapo. Dziko lili mmanja mwa agalu ili…

  27. Clement says:

    I dont tink dpp as a party they depend on north, and fundo za dpp sizokomela anthu aku south wokhayi.
    but u northeners wangokhala anthu wokanika,wosamva,amwano,amakani.wat is so special wic u tumbuka & tongazi?

  28. Agalu Pa Mpando[APM] says:

    Zitsiru za alomwe izi

  29. INEYO says:

    Atumbuka Ndi Anthu Osayamika, Adyera, Ozikonda. Ngati Malawi Ali Ndi Anthu Oipa Mtima Ndie Ndi Atumbuka. Olo Titachosera Timavoti Tomwe Anatipasato Tikanawinabe. Zikagwere Uko Zindere Zakufikapo.

  30. Bongololo says:

    Goodall alibe nfundo and he is not a politician, may be Masewo but Vuwa now misala yayambaso look at him carefully ? Bravo APM more faya!

  31. Fathara says:

    ABWEZELENI 100,000 VOTES ZAWOZO ZILIBE NTCHITO. DPP SIMAWINILA KUMPOTO. INU NDIYA PP TILIBE NTCHITO. CHIFUKWA CHANI MUMAZIKONDA NOKHA ANTHU INU?? MA VOTES TIZATENGA PAKATI INU MUPANGE CHIPANI CHANU. INU MUMAFUNA MUZIBELA BASI?? SIKUTINSO MUMAKHOZA AYI, KOMA NKHANI NDIYOTI KUBELA KWAMBILI KUKONDELA ANA AKU MPOTO. NDIYETU MUNAKOMANA NAYE MULOMWE ANAKUKHAZIKANI PANSI. ANA WONSE MALAWI MUNO NDIYANZELU SIYAKU MPOTO KOKHA AYI. NDI 10 PER DISTRICT MUFUNE MUSAFUNE MUSOVA.

    1. Bullshit says:

      Even Chichewa chikukuvutani kulemba ndiye tingayembekezele kumva za nzeru kuchokera kwa inu?

    2. kaizer says:

      you lack a sense of reason my dear countryman.your disliking of the northerners will not in any way help this country to develop.work up and smell the coffee we are in this mess together.

  32. Bongololo says:

    Tthe same issues 20youths were suspended ,why also not suspending the district governors.? And how can the governor chase reporters, it’s true the overhaul should be done .I lIKE APM when he said erections HE NEW THAT THE PARTY NEEDS OVERHAUL !,!!!!

  33. abinte says:

    olo asazavote ife tizawina.amafuna zawo zokha
    osalora.mwera woyeeee

  34. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Choose for your self. Either education for your children or DPP

  35. Patriot says:

    Bvuto la DPP ku mzuzu ndi mpoto yense ndi (1) kukakamira kwa nkhalamba mmipando yonona, (2) Kulibe alomwe ambiri ku mpoto.

  36. J. Chimbalanga says:

    even in the central region the party lost popularity some years back come 2019 they should exepect zero votes from the region apart from through stealing

  37. Kasenye says:

    A Goodall Mbwerela. Kulephera Kukamba Mfundo Yomveka!

  38. floodgate says:

    Nanji mmene mwasakanikila ndi udf mangoyipitsiratu chipani chanucho chifukwa ngati anthu aku mpoto pali chipani choti sazachikondapo ngakhale zitavuta chotani nde ndicha udf

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