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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :