DPP closes doors for aspiring candidates in primaries

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has closed doors for aspiring parliamentary candidates, limiting the number to three per constituency, raising more questions than political answers.

Jeffrey: We want supporters to choose for themselves

Aspiring candidate for Nkhotokota north Charles Kameja said he was surprised when he was told by the DPP district governor that he could not present his nomination papers because the number of contestants was already full.

“It is really disappointing and disheartening that the DPP has shut down all doors against us, they say they can only take three. This smacks of corruption in the way the candidates are chosen,” said Kameja.

Nkhotakota DPP governor Odala Phiri confirmed the nomination papers of Kameja and others were rejected, saying this was an order from the party regional committee.

“We were told that the number of contestants should be reduced to three for the parliamentary contest but open for the local government elections,” he said.

He could not give reasons why the regional party committee made the decision, which many think was aimed at favouring certain powerful and influential candidates who feel unsecure during the parliamentary polls.

DPP secretary general Greselder Jeffrey, who is also Nkhotakota South member of Parliament (MP)  said the party wants its supporters to democratically choose their representatives.

“Everyone will go through the primaries because I may have someone I like, but that may not be the person people on the ground want. So we want the people, our supporters to choose for themselves.

“As a party, we want supporters to choose for themselves, even in my constituency, we will have primary elections. No leader in DPP will influence the outcome of primary elections,” she said.

Jeffrey said the party will sign a pact with all aspirants to the effect that those who lose will agree not to contest as independent candidates.

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ngiyabonga
ngiyabonga
3 years ago

Does this sound like actions of a democratic part? Surely nope!! They decide on 3 candidates (how how! someone upstairs decided) should contest and the party will sign a pact with those who lose in primaries that they will not run as independents. That is the true DNA of Diesel, Petrol Palibe Party

pathfinder
pathfinder
3 years ago

kkkkkk so Owen khamula went to school of journalism kukaphunzila kulemba nkhani zachipani ndi utsogoleri wa DPP baasi? Osangotinso kulemba kokha koma kunyoza ndi kutukwana chipanichi? Chifukwatu ndikutha kuona kuti mu masamba alero mitu yonse yankhani zomwe pali dzina la DPP wolemba wake akumakhala Owen Khamula ndinso ochita komenti ake ndi okhaokhawo omwe satsatira chipanichi. Everytime i see DPP story written by owen khamula or green muheya, in dont’t expect anything positve out of it. Onle nagative and insults no wonder ochita komenti akenso are bitter and disrespectful. Mabumbu amanu ndithu.

Thondwe
Thondwe
3 years ago
Reply to  pathfinder

Sons of Pumbwa.kkkkkkkk. u r crying for nothing. pressure on you.

SKC
SKC
3 years ago

Club of thieves. no mercy for thieves in group A or B. Mukufuna muzizatibera mudyana nokha nokha. Ali ndi maso akuona which people wish I the country well. Mulungu akantheni ndi milili a pumbwawa

gwenenthe mwale
gwenenthe mwale
3 years ago

chipani cha mbava basi, apumbwa mbuli mfiti

Ana apumbwa
Ana apumbwa
3 years ago

mbava sina ndi UTM

SIMASANJE
SIMASANJE
3 years ago

How does the DPP narrow the contestants to three? How free are the primaries? The party is the end of its brains refunding the K145m is an admission to have acquired funds in a dubious manner. Here is a whole SG failing to address the concerns of the aspirants locked out Kamija has made headlines which have pushed the DPP reputation into the sewers. The rains are falling hard on our beloved DPP renouncing the UTM manifesto item of a million jobs within year that’s the best way to polish the DPP campaign what a strategy!

UKITIUKITI
UKITIUKITI
3 years ago

odiii ukooooo zayambika zayambika dyanani ubwino wake mwakalamba kale

Nsanje lalanje
Nsanje lalanje
3 years ago
Reply to  UKITIUKITI

Den of thieves

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