Chaponda withdraws from race, Mutharika confirmed DPP 2019 torch bearer

Scandle-hit former minister George Chaponda on Monday decided he was halting his campaign to return vice presidency (south) for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)at  elective national convention in Blantyre and withdrawing from the race.

Chaponda (left) and Henry Mussa at the convention

Kondwani Nankhumwa (right) and Jappie Mhango (left) favourites for top posts

Chaponda sensed stiff competition from Kondwani Nankhumwa (Local Government and Rural Development), Henry Mussa (Trade, Industry and Tourism) and Joseph Mwanamvekha (Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development).

In a surprising turn of events,Chaponda said he could not contest “after analysing many factors’, of course chief among them that he is unpopular.

Faced with a rapid erosion of support, Chaponda opted to step aside.

The withdraw will be a strategy to exit the political scene in his own term due to excess baggage he carries.

The convention which opened Monday at Comesa Hall in Blantyre this  with 89 contenders fighting for various national governing council (NGC) positions saw the party officially crowning President Peter Mutharika its presidential for next year elections  without any challenger..

Goodall Gondwe, who is Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, reclaimed his position of vice-president (North) like Bright Msaka, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, in Eastern Region. The two were unopposed.

Also going unopposed is Jappie Mhango, Minister of Transport and Public Works, for the position of treasurer general.

The position of secretary general has a two-horse race with Clement Mwale, the party’s former administrative secretary, facing off the incumbent Grezelder Jeffrey.

On the position of publicity secretary, Francis Kasaila is facing the convention’s organising committee chairperson Nicholas Dausi and former People’s Party (PP) spokesperson Ken Msonda.

Earlier, the party adopted the revised party constitution.

The constitution has now given the party powers to expel anyone out of the party when deemed necessary.

 

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#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

The tribe has spoken. Hon chaponda, yiu should have listened to the public. This shows that your judgement of the current mood is completely out of litter with the rest of the nation and yiur own party. Time is up…..just retire and enjoy your ill-gotten wealth

Makanda Ntchembere
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Makanda Ntchembere

DPP is no longer attractive. I voted for it in 2014 but now I have moved on, and I know its not only me who is feeling this, there are many who are feeling like this. Bingu in his first term he made us all proud, though things went all later. APM in his am not really sure what he has achieved, of course he will tell you of the National ID, Tech colleges etc, but Malawians have not really felt the positive impact of his government and he wants us to give him five more years? Kaya!!!

chimanga Chaponda
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Go and eat the stolen money in peace Chaponda. Malawians will not miss you. You ruined our already ailing economy

Maunits
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Maunits

Mbava zonse ziliku Conention please leave your doors open

Prince of Shitholes and Thieves
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End of Chaponda and Ntaba. Pezani zina zochita. At least Ntaba has no history of theft but Chaponda ngoponda.

Kibaki
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Kibaki

Bwana Chaponda, worry not. Such is life. Now that things have gone haywire fod you, please heed my advice below:-

You need to go to your Chief Pastor/Reverend/Priest and repent, thereafter, become a devout church elder and work very hard till death. There and then, you will enjoy forever in heaven. Remember to sell all those items you acquired dubiously and give the proceeds to the poor or a local church within your vicinity. Thank you Papa Chaponda. I love you!!!

Nzika
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Nzika

Lovely advice.

Vyanunkha
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Vyanunkha

Ivy league alumnus Chaponda. It’s a shame such a rare brain to sink this low. God have mercy on this man. He surely needs deliverance

Kadzakumanja
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Kadzakumanja

Ndiye Ivy League imaba?Kungoipitsa dzina la Ivy League?

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