Chaponda collapses at DPP meeting ahead of convention: Malawi ruling party set for indaba

The  ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Vice President responsible for southern region, Dr. George Thupatula Chaponda reportedly collapsed on Saturday  when he was about to address delegates at the party’s national convention which gets underway at COMESA Hall in Blantyre on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

DPP delegates gathering in Blantyre ahead of convention

On the eve of the convention, some senior officials attended a preparatory meeting at the party’s regional offices in Blantyre where they canvassed for votes among the party’s southern region delegates.

Chaponda is running for the same position (VP, south) but faces stiff competition from Kondwani Nankhumwa, who is Minister of Local Government and Rural Development and DPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Mulanje Central constituency.

Other strong contenders for the VP position are ministers and MPs Henry Mussa and Joseph Mwanamveka.

One of the delegates who witnessed the dramatic ‘episode’ at the regional offices told Nyasa Times on Saturday that Nankhumwa enjoyed overwhelming support at the meeting against Chaponda and when the latter took to the podium to address the delegates, he was heavily booed at.

He (Chaponda) seemed to be completely confused and could not believe he was not as popular among the members as he may have always imagined.

“It was a sorry sight; the VP was clearly sweating profusely. Apparently, his blood pressure had heavily shot up. He collapsed as the boos grew louder,” said the delegate with a Lhomwe accent, who could not be identified.

He said it had to take some frantic first aid efforts by some members to ‘resuscitate’ the former agriculture minister and MP for Mulanje South-west. After about 20 minutes later, he gathered some momentum and still addressed the delegates.

The DPP VP position is turning out to be an epic contention at the convention, with contenders furiously campaigning to win it.

However, Nankhumwa is tipped to win. He faces stronger competition from Mussa whose present position has been apportioned to northern region.

Nankhumwa was at the meeting on Saturday. Conspicuously absent were Mussa and Mwanamveka.

However, other high-profile officials at the meeting were DPP Secretary General Gerselder Jeffrey wa Jeffrey who is vying for the same position and Ben Phiri who is vying for the position of Director of Elections. They have joined together in  what they are calling ‘DPP Team A’.

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Holly Tit
Holly Tit
3 years ago

Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk I can’t stop laughing

C. A. Mtambalika
C. A. Mtambalika
3 years ago
Reply to  Holly Tit

Hahahahahaha, akanala wina adakhala chete kalekale. Pambiri yomwe ali nayo ya chimanga ija

khodo
3 years ago

You can’t still all that money and God remain silent it’s impossible you need to know what you have done to Malawians is painful

Mzanga Dausi
Mzanga Dausi
3 years ago

Haha yagwa atayifaka doom nsikidzi!

Jofule
Jofule
3 years ago

Mukanangomufinya pakhosi ali chikomokere apitilire kumanda. Anthu ambiri akufa chifukwa chambuzi imeneyi.

Mesimadzi
Mesimadzi
3 years ago

Abale Ku DPP kulidi democracy. Ku kongilesi amaitanizana pa whatsapp ati kuopa injakishoni. Abale demokalase yophunzirayiii!!!!. Pitani a kongilesi Ku konveshioni ya DPP mukaphunzire demokalase.

Marx
Marx
3 years ago
Reply to  Mesimadzi

Your Undemocratic DPP is the one that sponsored the Kaliwo fool that threatened the MCP convention with an injection.

Omex70
Omex70
3 years ago
Reply to  Mesimadzi

Umaidziwa democracy iwe? Bwanji mumachita mantha ndi Chilima ngatidi kuli democracy kuchipani chakocho iwe Mesimadzi?

diso
diso
3 years ago
Reply to  Mesimadzi

mmmm za ziii a Mesimadzi ziti?

EUROPEANS
EUROPEANS
3 years ago

This is just the beginning. Mr Chaponda will collapse more and more til he’s no more. This is as a result of all the crying souls in Malawi that you have destroyed their destiny through your corrupt activities…stealing from poor Malawians and enriching yourself…REPENT REPENT REPENT

Kholowa
Kholowa
3 years ago

Kkkkkkkkk sanati iyayi tiye nazoni nkhalambazi one after another all they know is stealing. Ma BP ake amenewa nde mulimba ? Kulili a Minister of finance athu nde adzangofelatutu hahahahaha akakhala atsogoleli athu ndiye paja inawathyola kaye stroke!

Cognitive DIssonance Theory
Cognitive DIssonance Theory
3 years ago

You could have allowed the same to happen for the position of the president then you could have seen the true colours of DPP supporters. But you did not want Peter to be challenged.

Dausi
Dausi
3 years ago

Wakhuta chimanga chakuba ameneyo

Gembe
Gembe
3 years ago

Abale mpaka comokalization…. Thapatula zisiye izi utayisa moyo wako sure. Support ulibe iwe uzimva

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