Former Cabinet Minister and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) MP for Mzimba North Goodall Gondwe shunned a so-called development rally Malawi Vice President Khumbo Kachali held in his constituency forcing ruling Peoples’ Party stalwarts including Kachali himself to launch a verbal tirade against him and the DPP.
Gondwe, earlier in the day accompanied Kachali and other government officials during the tour of Ndau irrigation scheme at Luzi in Traditional Authority Jalavikuwa, Mzimba district but was conspicuously absent at the rally despite being lined up as one of the speakers.
“DPP was interred with its leader [Bingu wa Mutharika] at Ndata farm. If somebody says he or she still belongs to DPP then they do not know what they are doing,” Kachali said.
He said it is pathetic that some people have remained in DPP when ‘big’ people like him left, saying DPP now “has no head and a tail”.
Ironically, the Veep praised former president Bingu wa Mutharika’s first term in office, saying he steered the country well.
“But the problem came when Bingu’s younger brother Peter came from overseas. Peter influenced Bingu so much such that the country started to deteriorate economically,” Kachali claimed.
DPP spokesman Nicholous Dausi in a telephone interview dismissed claims that his party is as good as dead and buried, saying “those were mere tantrums, conjecture from megaphone politicians.”
PP northern region Provincial Governor Reverend Brown Soko said they do not hate Gondwe but the party he is associating with.
“We are grateful that Gondwe indicated that he would not stand against in 2014 because we have our own candidates,” Reverend Soko said.
At the rally, PP paraded 46 people it claimed had defected from DPP and two from UDF.
PP deputy Secretary General Frank Mwenifumbo said the fact many people were defecting to PP is testament that the party was strong in the region.
He said people should not trust DPP because when it was in power it deliberately killed many people in north during the July 20, 2011 anti-government nationwide demonstrations.
Mwenefumbo himself is a former top member of DPP and on record to have ordered civil servants not to buy The Nation newspaper when it was critical to the late Mutharika dictatorship.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :