Flamboyant Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice president for southern region, Dr. George Thapathula Chaponda does not want to face voters at the party’s national convention but instead he is lobbying President Peter Mutharika to declare that positions of regional vice presidents should not be open for contest at the convention.
According to a DPP national governing council (NGC) source privy to the issue, Chaponda has proposed to the President he should just re-appoint the four regional vice presidents a week after the convention.
The other three regional vice presidents are Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba (central), Bright Msaka (eastern), and Goodall Gondwe (north).
It is only Ntaba who was elected vice president at the DPP national convention in 2013 while President Mutharika appointed the rest.
However, many senior executive DPP leaders are not happy with Chaponda’s suggestion, arguing that would disenfranchise other members and also expose the party to criticisms and division.
“Dr. Chaponda is clearly advancing selfish individual interests and not the party. Such machinations are suicidal because if adopted, it would mean there is no internal democracy in the ruling party,” said the source.
He revealed the party’s NGC would be meeting at Kamuzu Palace on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 to discuss the forthcoming national convention, including Chaponda’s “weird proposition”.
“Chaponda appears to be single-minded about this suggestion; it is clear he is afraid he may not win if the he is challenged at the convention. He knows he is not popular among the rank and file members of the party and will likely lose if challenged by any of the party gurus who have shown interest for the position,” claimed the source in an interview with Nyasa Times on Wednesday.
Chaponda also declared that President Mutharika will go unopposed at the party’s convention and represent the party in the 2019 Tripartite Elections.
He said: “In fact, when we go to the convention, it is not that he [Mutharika] will be subjected to voting.”
The DPP constitution stipulates that the convention shall elect all “office holders to various positions in the party”.
Last year, results of an Afrobarometer Survey revealed that if elections were to be held then Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president and leader of the opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera would win the elections.
During the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections, Mutharikagot 36 percent of the presidential vote to oust then incumbent Joyce Banda. Chakwera got only 20% of the votes.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :