Divisions rock DPP over regional governor post for North

Divisions have ensued in the northern region Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) structures on who should replace Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira as the party’s  regional governor.

Smart Kayira (2nd from Left): Tipped to take over as caretaker DPP regional governor

Ngwira was convicted and sentenced to 4 years imprisonment with hard labour for abuse of the Local Development Fund (LDF) when he served as parliamentarian.

While the party’s spokesperson, Brown Mpinganjira, says President Peter Mutharika has the mandate to choose a caretaker regional governor, some district governors in the region have protested the idea  saying the DPP constitution empowers them to appoint a caretaker when such an office falls vacant.

Last week, Mpinganjira told local press that Mutharika would soon appoint a caretaker to replace Ngwira.

According to Mpinganjira four names that include Mkavuli Mhango, Kelvin Chirambo and Smart Mwakayira are some of the names suggested from which Mutharika will choose from.

But some district governors led by Rumphi district governor Kondwani Harawa rubbished Mpinganjira’s remarks and decision.

Harawa said the district governors will meet this Friday to appoint a caretaker regional governor as per their party’s constitution.

“We are going to meet this Friday. The party constitution empowers us the district governors to appoint a caretaker, and not the Mutharika,” said Harawa.

Karonga district governor, Smart Mwakayira, while distancing himself from Harawa’s remarks said Mutharika has the constitutional mandate to appoint a caretaker.

Mwakayira further attacked Harawa for bringing confusion in the party saying no district governor has said that apart from himself.

“He is a confusionist. As district governors, we do not agree with what he [Harawa] is saying. There is a meeting this Friday, and whoever our president appoints we will support,” said Mwakayira.

However, Mpinganjira said he was not aware of the said Friday meeting of district governors.

Earlier this year, Mutharika fired Kenneth Sanga who was then regional governor and replaced him with Ngwira.

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2 years ago

Every position in the north must involve disagreements and fights

2 years ago

Can’t Goodall Gondwe hold the post of regional governor as well as VP? At least for the next few months until the party dies a natural death? He has lots of experience in doing nothing. He carries himself with a youthful gait when walking besides the ancient APM. These two attributes should count for something, IMNSHO. Look, DPP is a dying party; these old wineskins cannot hold new wine.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
2 years ago
Reply to  Ngombwax

I agree that Madala Team will never woo the support again cos they’re thinking in reverse. Brown Mpinganjira thinks that this is 1994. That type of politics is far gone.

Nchawa makanjira
Nchawa makanjira
2 years ago
Reply to  Keen Observer

Bwana BJ kapumeni chonde, wana awa simuwatha, musachite kudikira Kuti mpaka muthe soup Ngati a Chair ayi mutichititsa manyazi chonde , pitani pitani pitani. Kodi Mulibe Munda?

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