Malawi opposition DPP shifts convention to April 2013

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has postponed its national convention slated for this month to April next year.

The decision to postpone the much await convention was made at a meeting of the party’s National Governing Council (NGC) in Lilongwe on Thursday afternoon, party’s official confirmed to Nyasa Times.

DPP Publicity Secretary, Nicholas Dausi told Nyasa Times the three-day convention will be held from April 17 to 19 in Lilongwe.

Dausi said the party shifted the convention in order to have more time to prepare.

”Our constitution stipulates that delegates and party officials have to be told one month in advance before holding the convention. Some members felt that December was too close and needed to be given enough time to prepare and campaign for whichever positions they are interested in,” said Dausi.

Dausi: Convention shifted to April 2013

Dausi also said the party decided to allow its members concentrate on farming first as it is rain season in Malawi.

He said: ”December is festive month and the time Christians celebrate Christmas, we therefore thought of giving the Christian calendar a respect.”

Adding: “And also its rain season, the party thought it wise to allow people concentrate on their farms so that we have bumper harvest next year”.

Dausi, who is chairperson for the convention’s organising committee, added that the convention will be held after the party will commemorate  a first anniversary since the death of its leader and former President late Bingu wa Mutharika who died in April due to cardiac arrest.

DPP interim president, Professor Peter Mutharika last month during a rally at Njamba Freedom Park, Blantyre announced that the forthcoming convention will be unique the country has ever witnessed.

This will be first DPP convention since the death of its leader.

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