DPP appointments to NGC ahead of October convention

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says it has to embark on a radical programme to wrestle back power from the People’s Party and has made new appointments into the National Governing Council.

DPP spokesman Nicholas Dausi said the appointed officials will serve for a short period before an open contest at the party’s convention slated for next month.

Dausi told Nyasa Times in a telephone interview on Thursday night that the party has appointed lawmaker Paul Chibingu to the post of Director of Logistics.

The party has also appointed three to the post of deputy secretary-general. They include Dr Allan Chiyembekeza (first deputy), Grace ’Obama’ Chiumia (second deputy) and Zomba Chisi MP Peter Mangulenje.

Grace 'Obama' Chiumia: Deputy secretary general

DPP has also appointed Kasungu North North East MP, Grena Gambatula Nkhata as first deputy director of research.

Dausi said the DPP are “rebranding and strengthening the party.”

He said at the national convention it will not just be elections but stock-taking to look at where DPP has come from, its present state and its future.

On the elections, Dausi said there will be contest for all positions including that of the presidency and that DPP will emerge stronger after that.

“Members will be free to contest without prejudice. We don’t do stage managing elections,” he said.

Dausi said DPP is still a force to reckon with the country’s political arena and that once the party President is elected, the party will embark on rebuilding process and strengthening of party structures.

DPP acting president and front runner for the party’s presidential candidate, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika recently appointed a shadow cabinet to monitor and shadow Government Ministers with a view to offer alternative proposals and solutions to the challenges facing Malawi as a nation.

The shadow cabinet include: Goodall Gondwe- Finance;  George Chaponda- Justice; Jean  Kalirani- Health;  Henry Mussa- Transport;  Patricia Kaliati – Tourism; Yunus Mussa – Labour; Symon Vuwa Kaunda – Sports; Vera Faramenga Chilewani – Energy; and Nick Masebo – Mining. Others are: Songazaudzu Sajeni – Education; Nicholas  Dausi – Information;  Chimango Mughogho – Local government;  Margaret Mauwa- Agriculture; Kingsley Namakhwa – Water; and  Francis Phiso – Irrigation.

The rest are Francis Kasaila – Economic Planning; Paul Chibingu – Defence; Tarsizio Gowelo – Lands; Christopher Ngwira – Home Affairs; Dr Allan Chiyembekeza – Environment; Cecilia Chazama – Trade; Eunice Napolo – Gender; and Msulira Banda – Disability.

DPP said the shadow cabinet is a strong brand of DPP members.

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