Analysts say by-election ‘Nyekhwe’ performance clearly shows DPP is going down

Malawi political analysts have said the former governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) needs to  reorganise themselves for a rebirth or else it will be in tatters.

Peter Mutharika: Lame duck leader of DPP  which has emerged as the biggest loser in the March 30 2021 parliamentary by-elections 

The comments come after DPP lost Nsanje North, Nsanje Central and Karonga North West  parliamentary seats which its candidates had won in 2019.

The main opposition party’s comfort came when its candidates wonas councillors in the two vacant wards, notably Livilidzi in Balaka West Constituency and Chitakale in Mulanje South Constituency.

In quotes reported by the press, Happy Kayuni, a professor of political and administrative studies at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, said the loss should be a wake-up call for DPP.

He observed that the support the party enjoyed among the grass roots was slowly weaning due to ongoing squabbles over leadership battles.

“The squabbles are affecting the party seriously,” Kayuni said.

“The performance clearly shows that DPP is going down and if they are waiting for 2023 for a convention, they might as well declare that they are not going to contest in 2025,” he added.

Chancellor College associate professor and political scientist Boniface Dulani, who is also executive secretary of the African Association of Political Science,  was alsop quoted  saying DPP was complicating its own situation.

He argued that party leaders who helped in the campaign for the by-elections were not sincere as they went out to sell themselves as the party’s presidential aspirants instead of promoting candidates for the election.

Said Dulani as quoted by The Nation daily newspaper: “This is obviously a clear warning sign that if they keep fighting, they might find themselves degenerating to the same level as the United Democratic Front. But this country needs a strong opposition and the DPP is the best hope we have.”

While DPP lost its seats—Nsanje North and Nsanje Central— the Malawi Congress Part (MCP) won them to add to its numerical strength in parliament and also went on to retain Lilongwe Msinja South and Ntchisi North which fell vacant after the party’s legislators succumbed to Covid-19.

United Democratic Front (UDF) also retained the Chikwawa East parliamentary seat  in the court-sanctioned rerun following nullification of the May 21 2019 Parliamentary Elections over irregularities.

UTM Party, MCP’s partner in the Tonse Alliance, won the Karonga North West Constituency the two parties hotly contested.

Independent candidate Bizwick Million won the Zomba Changalume seat that fell vacant following the death of a People’s Party legislator.

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Wakwiya ndi kadeti
1 month ago

Izi sizofunikanso analyst or prophet. Atha basi. Boma aziyendetsa ndi omwe Ali ndi national development agenda and not Thyolo, Mulanje, Phalombe and Chiradzulo. DPP isadzabwerenso Ambuye.

wakalekale
1 month ago

ma analysts a pa malawi bodza.
DPP yaluza MP ku Karonga kokha.

ku Nsanje zisankho sizinachitike.
Awo ankati adawina aja anali atabera just like gogo APM did pa presidential.

kodi munthu ukaba, mwini wake katundu nkukugwira nkukulanda umati waluza katundu?
kapena eni ake atenga?

kenneth nkhukuzalira
kenneth nkhukuzalira
1 month ago
Reply to  wakalekale

kkkkkk

mtete
mtete
1 month ago
Reply to  wakalekale

Kkkkk. Inenenso was thinking more or less on the same lines, I e. ku Nsanje and Chkwawa a DPP won in 2019 through rigging. What has happened is a true reflection of the people wish.

Moya
Moya
1 month ago

DPP is not falling it has never taken off from the ground but they have always been rigging their so called “wins” including presidential one. The truth is simply coming out, now that they are not in control of the rigging machinery and their rigging ways were busted. This is an organized crime Mob. a lomwe belt Mob. LDPP.

Nakaka
Nakaka
1 month ago
Reply to  Moya

Good analysis, they have been rigging votes ever since, otherwise this party is not enterprising.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 month ago
Reply to  Nakaka

kkkk no wonder akupanga ngati pa cinkhoswe the mock. kkk akavundukula uyu!! ai
kuvundukula wina aiso
kuvindukiulaso winayuso aiso mpaka 2095 kkk apppite tinawataya .tinatsitsitiza mapazi athu. ananyanya eee

Mbuje
Mbuje
1 month ago

DPP needs to get rid of mbuli Nankhumwa who is supported to be leader of oppostion by his MCP masters. It is clear that he is working in the interests of political enemies of DPP. But DPP is a system. It will survive this sabotage.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
1 month ago
Reply to  Mbuje

A system? Really? I doubt about that system

Sumbuwadabwa
Sumbuwadabwa
1 month ago

Nankhumwa and grezeleder are dividing the dpp to aide mcp. These two are mcp mercenaries sent to destroy dpp. Dpp can’t unite with the two at the helm.

guest
guest
1 month ago

thats the exact direction they have taken…and thats the exact destination they will reach…

MLALIKI
MLALIKI
1 month ago

2025 will be interesting udf and DPP in tatters. UTM MCP will have fallen out as skc will need to first get clearance from the courts. Another alliance of convenience will come up in order to get 50 plus one.

Last edited 1 month ago by MLALIKI
Shua
Shua
1 month ago
Reply to  MLALIKI

All those votes mcp was coming second, many party come and gone, Even mluzi,bingo,JB,Peter when they were in power they talked lot about mcp it’s threat to them,I don’t think will be easy to take them out anysoon,kuonjezela apo ankawabelaso mavote

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 month ago

Kutha ngati makatani. Mwadzuka bwanji agogo ku Mangochi ko?

Che pichesi
Che pichesi
1 month ago

Dpp shold forget about 2025. It has a very bad CV which cannot be entertained by Malawians. Theft of tax payers money to enrich themselves. What will happen is that the party will mutate like covid to 3 parties . No longer will they be united. Ukunso ku tonse alliance I see more divisions and mistrust. The alliance is between two smart intelligent gentlemen. The crowd is not in it. So more fights coming. The biggest challenge to all is the 50+1. We will see very strange alliances just to get into power. I applaud the people of karonga and… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Che pichesi
Owen mvulayagunda
Owen mvulayagunda
1 month ago

Thats true if dpp will not take care come 2025 adzawonanso nyekhwe

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 month ago

2025? pafupika. cilonda comwe anawasiila a mw cisanapole. mpaka mwina ca mma 2070 ndekuti cipsela citayamba nde azadikile cizaume cifukwa zija anawapa a mw zija eish. anawameta mpala waleza opanda madzi

Emmanuel Mukondia
Emmanuel Mukondia
1 month ago

The DPP has never won the elections ever since save the 2009 elections led by most tribalistic,mlakho chief leader Bingu ,all these years they have been stealing the elections.

Emmanuel Mukondia
Emmanuel Mukondia
1 month ago

And you political analysis you correct yourself and always go back to history

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