Chaponda tells DPP governors: ’I will succeed Mutharika as next Malawi leader’

Scandal-riddled former Cabinet minister George Chaponda has engaged another gear in pursuit of his presidential ambitions when he invited all Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) district governors from the southern region to his Oasis Lodge in Limbe, Blantyre on Saturday, June 9, 2018 to lobby them to support his political agenda, Nyasa Times understands.

Chaponda (left) causing more problems in DPP

According to one of the governors who attended the meeting, Chaponda told them that that he has made a pact with President Peter Mutharika to be his running-mate in next year’s tripartite elections.

Chaponda told the district governors that their agreement with President Mutharika is that after winning the elections next year, Mutharika will only serve as President for 12 months and would resign, paving way for Chaponda who by that time would be serving as the vice president of this country.

“Chaponda informed us that as president-in-waiting, he wanted all important positions in the DPP’s NGC to be occupied by his supporters. He, therefore, wanted the district governors to vote for only those people that are sympathetic to him to various positions at the party’s forthcoming elective convention.

“He  promised the governors considerable sums of money when the mission is accomplished,” claimed the governor, preferring anonymity for obvious reasons.

Among the positions that Chaponda wants to be occupied by his friends is that of Treasurer General (TG) and he instructed the governors to replace the incumbent Henry Mussa who he said he does not trust.

Mussa, a loyalists of President Mutharika,  is reported to have been infuriated by Chaponda’s scheming when he learnt of the plot through some district governors from Chiradzulu who also attended the meeting.

“Honourable Mussa called Dr. Chaponda and told him that he is the least individual he expected to be plotting against for his downfall at the forthcoming convention. He reminded Dr Chaponda that it was his testimony, which rescued him from conviction in his maizegate trial,” said the source.

DPP southern region governor, Charles Mchacha is also said not to  have been amused by Chaponda’s meeting with the governors.

Mchacha also confronted Chaponda and wanted to know the reasons for holding such a meeting without his knowledge as governor for the region.

Chaponda defended his action saying he conducted the meeting as vice president for the party in the region, and was therefore at liberty to hold such meetings, according to the source.

He is also Mulanje South West legislator.

But Lilongwe-based political commentator, Mwiza Kayange observed that Chaponda has become the epicentre of the problems that fraught the DPP under Peter Mutharika’s leadership.

“If Chaponda thinks he is popular and that he is presidential material, the convention is the best place to determine and vouch his claims. That is where he must show his popularity by renewing his mandate,” said Kayange, adding that Chaponda is wrong to take advantage of his friendship or proximity to Mutharika to poison the president’s mind, and take the DPP down an undemocratic path.

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Samson
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Beware Of Fake News! Trying To Weaken DPP. Ija Yoti Mabungwe Aboma Akukakamizidwa Kusonkha Ndalama Za DPP Convetion YALEPHERA? More Cooked Up Stories To Come. We Are Watching.

Feli
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Feli

Mwana opusa kwambili… Koma amalawi tikangololela za mkutu ngati zimenezi basi sitizathekanso…

Priesthood
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Maloto a tchumba Maya mumati chumba kaya….. Kkkkkkkkk ayeni ake amene angakhale amenenso akuyembekezera kudzakhala runningmate ali phee sakutekezeka iyayi udindo amasankha ndi mulungu. I font think people will and respectively would make such great midtake. I don’t think The HE can also make such blunder choosing this hyna to be his running mate. If the HE currently facing a stiff competition with his party while holding all keys from the treasury what about this gulukunyinda who even rejected by his people at constituency level come he be a running mate……… Asa amangwetu usawi chichi…. just try to dig pit… Read more »

nkhwere
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nkhwere

Madness

concerned citizen
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concerned citizen

Come 2019 Malawians will vote for the president they want. Ntima suvala sanza. Let those who are dreaming to become head of state dream on !!! With no rigging there is no way Malawians will vote for DPP again. Taziona zonse zochita zawo. No Malawian in his sober mind will want to experiance again what we have gone through in the immediate four years of DPP rule.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Well, here’s some disturbing news for you Mr/Ms “Concerned Citizen”. Professor Peter Mutharika will be our next president and the sooner Malawians are at peace with it the better. Personally I don’t like and therefore will never vote for Peter or his corrupt family-run DPP. However, I am mindful of the fact that though I may not like Peter and his DPP, there are others amongst us who would take a bullet for him. Although this group is just a handful, they unfortunately constitute over 36% of the 7.5 million voting population. Given that the First Past The Post electoral… Read more »

Chikoka
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Chikoka

This analysis is wrong. #DzukaMalawi is ignoring the fact that the Southern Region is now very divided with MIA and Joyce Banda being brought into the fold. What more with the Chilima Movement! In politics, one week is enough for people to change their political views. You are talking of 5 years! You think people are thinking the same? APM himself knows that he has a rough ride in 2019. Not everyone who supported him in 2014 will support him now. Others have changed camps. Given the way APM has run the country, very poorly, you can’t say he will… Read more »

Tobwa
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Tobwa

Is Dr Chaponda trying to be a funnier comedian than his son Dalitso? The whole country is laughing.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

He may just have the last laugh. You never know with these DPP people.

diso
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diso

A Yahya Jammeh i voter ndi EIU yo? kapena tu yatero kale

diso
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diso

Anachisale chiphwisi mpkono koma Ine mpaka mphwelele

Akweni
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Akweni

God forbid! Chaponda being Malawi president!? Koma a babe mutomva izi? nanga mutipo chani?

Kando
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Kando

This man must be bunnished or removed from this party before too late

Silica Gell
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Silica Gell

This is total gossip, very far from being news.

Kando
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Kando

If this is a gossip then it gives bad perception of the party

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