Cracks in DPP weakening Malawi ruling party in stronghold South

The only reason the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  doesn’t face a real threat of imminent defeat in 2019 is that the opposition – both parliamentary and presidential – are not united but the  cracks within the party is weakening it especially in its considered stronghold of Southern Region.

Jeffrey speaking to DPP official in Mulanje

Now a group calling itself Patriotic DPP Members has been formed following the chaotic primary elections to identify candidates to represent DPP in the parliamentary and local government elections in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections..

Published reports suggest the DPP pressure group is being organised and sponsored by party director of elections Ben Phiri although this could not be independently verified.

Phiri is the party’s director of elections who was appointed by President Peter Mutharika.

But DPP secretary general Greselder Jeffrey is chairperson of the committee coordinating the primaries, and the Patriotic DPP Members are pushing for her resignation, accusing her of messing up primary elections, especially in the Southern Region.

The faction demands Jeffrey resign both as party secretary general and chairperson of the committee coordinating the primaries and pave the way for director of elections Phiri to lead the process.

But Jeffrey has blasted people baying for her blood describing them as bad losers who had bribed some presiding officers to rig the primaries.

She said: “Some of them [presiding officers] received money from aspirants to rig the elections, but failed because I was changing constituencies to conduct elections at the eleventh hour contrary to the official list.”

Jeffrey said her committee would meet on Monday to assess results of all primary elections and decide the way forward. She said were deemed fit, the party will organise reruns.

The developments also undermines the leadership of Kondwani Nankhumwa as head of DPP in the region as party’s vice president.

Since ascending to the Southern Region vice presidency, Nankhumwa has swiftly shaken up the region which has been sleeping for the past four years by addressing rallies that attract huge crowds.

But now the DPP factionalism is weakening the party threatening its showing in the 2019 polls.

If the opposition were able to unite, which is almost certainly impossible, the DPP would be facing a real prospect of losing state power.

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mkandawire
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mkandawire

which cracks are u talking about? is there any case in our court about these primaries? chack your party MCP,AFORD.thats why cracks are dont unifiy with Mighty DPP

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

@jimmy mau ndiamene mwalankhula apa tisankhe mtsogolera akulankhula zotukula dzikoli not mbabvazi ayi.

Alamu Pumani Mwakula kuba
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Which opposition should united. Is utm a threat? Is PP a force anymore? Udf inatheratu. Polemba muziganiza penapake. In dpp Uladi anamumana unduna. Ntaba anatha. Goodall wakalambiratu. Pitala ngodwala.

faith
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faith

osaika muntu pampando kuti akapange chitukuko cha iyeyu ayi ndi kunyumba kwake tifoila pabwele antu eni eni otandiza ziko osati kutandiza iwowo azizipangila chitukuko mubesa , campaign yayandikila palipose mumawailesi TV muzianva kupopedwa ngati ntawi yambuyoyi wailesi kunalibe,

jimmy
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jimmy

Malawi ofunika kukala amaso mpenya osavotela kuchuka kwad chipani ayi zimenezo koma kuvotela maso mpenya amuntu basi, zilibe nchito kaya ndiwa utm, dpp , mcp, bora akale wamaso mpenya osati ndalama zambiri zsmisonko nkumangodya iwowo inu kenako kumakupusisani ndikasukulu koma iwowo akuyendela zimagalimoto times four ya ndala za school

tengo
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tengo

these are just corrupt crooks alila aziwaso 2019 sabwelelela Ku Parliament ambiri tizisewela nawo bao ameneo , akulowela apite Ku parliament kuba komaso apande osasankidwa kudandaula mpaka bp kushuta

yasinta
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yasinta

kodi anyasa mumafuna a opposition atani kodi campaign akupanga osadandaula ayi , zite paja osaiwala ruling party imakala ndima resources ambiri nde sivuto limenelo that’s their advantage, komaso hatton inu mukulila ngati dpp ndinuyo bwanji komaso wanva kuti Nyasa nde antu ovota ,mpikisano ulipo komaso inu ma cadet mulila simunati , palipose pali npungwe pungwe

ELIJAH VERSUS BAAL
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NO GRIEVANCES SHALL BE ENTERTAINED AFTER MAY ELECTIONS 2019 —

SILENT MAJORITY
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SILENT MAJORITY

Tiuzeni za kabwira kapasura kuti walowa utm. Mwangoti zii. Ndinu a mcp kapena?

hatton
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hatton

Thank you Nyasatimes because the gist of your report is that DPP is winning the 2019 elections. Choncho tisazamve gwape wina akulira kuti wabeledwa. This is not surprising as numerous surveys predicted victory for DPP. For Nyasatimes, critical of DPP as they are, this is undisputable evidence that DPP is thousands of kilometers front runner!!!!!!

Omex70
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Omex70

Koma Hatton, boot-lick wa DPP udzakomoka DPP yakoyo ikadzalephera.