Chimunthu collects DPP nomination forms: Malawi on the road to 2014

In what can only be termed a kamizake maneuver, a well-placed source has revealed that Henry Chimunthu Banda has (Monday April 8) collected forms to run for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)’s presidency at the forthcoming convention.

The DPP convention is not for sissies as aspiring presidents, according to media reports, have to part with a nomination fee of K500, 000 with those eying the vice presidency parting with half of this amount.

The DPP NGC further resolved that those gunning for the position of Secretary General should pay K200, 000 while Treasurer General will pay K150,000 and all aspiring for Directors in different categories will pay K100,000 with their deputies paying K50,000.

And this is not all: the Catch 22 is that whosoever loses in whichever post they have contested for cannot re-contest for another position. For Henry Chimunthu Banda, this means that should he fail in his chosen gargantuan task, he will find himself an ordinary party member after the convention.

Henry Chimunthu Banda
Henry Chimunthu Banda

On paper, the same applies to his sparring partner Peter Mutharika. But if events in DPP from 2009 to date are anything to go by, Henry Chimunthu’s kamikaze act could see him exit the party because it is usually in the nature of politicians to play second fiddle or retreat to party rank and file when they have been touted as presidential contenders.

With this brave but unlikely to succeed bid, Henry Chimunthu Banda is either going places, or hell-bound, politically.

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