Malawi governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of President Peter Mutharika may face serious internal squabbles ahead of the 2019 general elections should the party’s youth grouping, Blue League (BL), continue with its well-calculated scheme to create parallel party structures and identifying parliamentary candidates in constituencies where there are already serving DPP MPS.
According to close sources privy to scheme, so far Blue Leaguers have mapped and visited over 50 constituencies countrywide creating structures outside the party protocol.
“Recently, MP for Zomba Thondwe, Charles Tikiwa, had a rude awakening when BL invaded his constituency with full coverage of the public broadcaster, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to introduce Dumisani Lindani as potential DPP candidate for the constituency in 2019. Lindani is Blue League Deputy National Chairperson,” one source told Nyasa Times in an interview but declined to be identified.
She said apart from Zomba Thondwe, other constituencies where BL has created and consolidated parallel structures include Zomba central, Blantyre Kabula, Ndirande Malabada, Blantyre south-east of business magnet Noel Masangwi and Mulanje central constituency where they are reportedly working with Michael Usi who is political rival to DPP director of elections and cabinet minister, Kondwani Nankhumwa.
According to the source, Blue League has enticed former Blantyre Southeast parliamentarian, John Bande, to stand on a DPP ticket against incumbent Masangwi.
She observed that the working relationship between BL and outsiders such as Usi and Bande gives leeway to more divisions within DPP.
There are fears that some BL members are even approaching Sidik Mia to return to DPP and vie for the vice presidency as BL does not like incumbent state vice president Saulos Klaus Chilima.
“For all their activeness, the party constitution does not recognize Blue League as an entity. All youths are under one umbrella with National Youth Director at the helm. As such, BL is simply a group of interest, which is supposed to seek permission from elected party officials whenever they intend to hold any kind of event,” she said.
Another source, who is member of DPP’s national governing council (NGC) alleged that Blue League scheme are extorting millions of money from government-run Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority(Macra).
According to NGC member, he had reliable information that Macra Director General, Godfrey Itaye, has okayed withdrawals of huge amounts of money on weekly basis to support Blue League.
The source questioned the rationale of Blue League acting willy-nilly as they sweep across the country with their dirty scheme.
“Of course the party has since decided to put brakes to Blue League’s scheme. Plans are underway to stop anyone from conducting rallies or any activity without the consent of the party hierarchy. In this case Blue League will need to directly fall under the office of National Youth Director to avoid more confusion ahead of 2019,” he said.
DPP secretary general refused to comment on the matter, as usual.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :