Ex-cadet says DPP leadership ‘nauseating’: Joins Aford as youth leader

Alliance for Democracy (Aford) national youth director Big Joe Nyirongo has said he regrets ever belonging to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) saying the party’s leadership is “nauseating” and “retrogressive.”

Jappie Mhango accused of frustrating Nyirongo

Jappie Mhango accused of frustrating Nyirongo

He told Nyasa Times in an interview on Friday that DPP had frustrated its youth in the northern region and thus should “forget of ever get a parliamentary or ward councilor position” from now on.

Nyirongo, who brands himself as a former DPP senior youth cadet, is one of the 31 northern region DPP cadets that were dismissed from the party for “indiscipline” – following a clash with party leadership christened “insubordination” – by DPP’s secretary general Ecklen Kudontoni.

But Nyirongo branded their dismissal as “unfortunate” and “not procedural.”

Said Nyirongo: “As youths we simply wanted to meet with our leader [Lewis Ngalande] but they: Ken Sanga [regional governor] and Jappie Mhango [director of campaign] refused us to. Why didn’t they want us to meet our own leader? They have the answers.”

He added: “When they came back last Friday, we thought they had come for some consultative meeting. But to our surprise the message that we heard was that we had been dismissed from the party.”

Nyirongo said it was “all water under the bridge. I now belong to AFORD, and I’m happily home.”

He said the party was the only one that could offer “hope” to the people of the north, arguing the “northern region has lacked a voice for a long time.”

“As national committee that is what we’re planning at Aford,” said Nyirongo, “to win all the 36 seats present in the northern region. Once we do that, even if we don’t make it into government, we will have a voice that will be able to be listened to by any government like it was before.”

Aford, founded by trade unionist and political tsar Chakufwa Chihana, is regarded highly as far as multiparty democracy is concerned in Malawi. It won all the 36 parliamentary in the northern region in 1994 when the country held her first democratic elections.

Chakufwa died in 2006 and since his death the party has continued smoldering to death. In the last elections, the party was in an alliance with former President Joyce Banda’s People’s Party (PP), but PP lost miserably – only trailing third after DPP and main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

Aford now has one MP, its president and son of Chakufwa, Enoch Chinana.

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Che Ngana

Which Aford?

Honestly, depending leadership in the north has useless people who lack administrative skills. People who can never make the party grow. Keneth Sanga combined with happy Kumwenda the result is women pregnancy only. They are very dull people . They will always be problematic issues concerning administration of the party in the north if you still keep them on those seats. Sanga made goodal fail elections because of his selfish motive. Goodal is a good man in our constituancy . Built enukweni ccap church but when Sanga could be given goods or money to give to the community; he could… Read more »

So Mr Nyirongo it had to take DPP to dismiss you for you to realise it was a bad party and that Aford was the only hope for the northerners. People like you are just opportunists.



Tili Chenene

Watha basi. Good bye!

Alfred Minjo

Yendani makora Dada Big Joe Nyirongo, we will not miss you atall and I strongly doubt you will sweep out all the 36 seats in the north. Anyone who is indiscipline in the party should be dismissed.


PLEASE Nyirongo stay right with your Aford as it’s your choice. The truth is that you are aware Aford is a failed small regional grouping simply reduced to a bedroom party in Enoch’s house. This only speaks volumes that you guys from the north cannot govern any political party due to the deep rooted tribalism amongst yourselves and greed. Look even your so called best politician in the region Msowoya can’t stay in Aford.

Big papa

Timbulu iti tisiyen, dpp iz there &will be mpakana mpakana.

chizamsoka munthali

Mphanyi mwajoyina MCP aford has no future with Enock at the helm ndiwadyela Chihanayo like father like son

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