DPP convention July 1 to 3, Dausi named chairperson: Mutharika will go unopposed

The much awaited Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) convention has been set for July 1 to 3 this year at Comesa Hall in Blantyre and all positions except that of the presidency are up for grabs.

Dausi: Chairperson of DPP convention for the second time

In a media  statement dated  June 17, 2018 and made available to Nyasa Times, DPP secretary general Grezeldar Jeffrey Wa Jeffrey said the  National Governing Council meeting held on Sunday in Lilongwe “unanimously” agreed and resolved that  the convention be held from July 1 to 3.

Jeffrey disclosed that the chairperson of the convention is Minister of Information, Communications and ICT, Nicholous Dausi.

In an interview, Jeffrey said : “Yes I confirm to have issued the statement, but all administrative and logistical arrangements  will be announced by the convention committee.”

Meanwhile, President Mutharika will go unopposed at the party’s convention and represent the party in the 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Mutharika’s candidacy had faced challenge  when former first lady Callista Mutharika threw her weight behind Vice-President Saulos Chilima to lead the governing party during the 2019 Tripartite Elections. She stated that Mutharika, her in-law, was aging.

But on June 6 this year at a news conference, Chilima contrary to expectations of those urging him to challenge Mutharika, announced that he will leave the DPP.

Chilima—who remains Vice-President until the end of his term next May— defended his decision not to contest at the convention, insisting that he is not afraid but implying that he does not belong in the DPP and does not want to be perceived to be fighting the party’s “own founders and owners.”

“I have decided not to contest on the DPP ticket for any position at the forthcoming party’s convention, let alone challenge the party’s presidency. I wish all delegates to the convention the best of luck and God’s blessings,” he said.

In his statement, Chilima described the country as riddled with corruption, nepotism and cronyism, but fell short of mentioning names of those responsible for the wrongdoing.

The set convention will be the third this year after that of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) which were marred by conflicts. The United Democratic Party (UDF) will hold its  elective conference on August 1 2018 at Comesa Hall and the People’s Party (PP) are yet to announce dates for their convention.

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kaka ni dada
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kaka ni dada

Kodi mukuti DPP? Ilipobe, kwathu kuno inatheratu ndipo wovala malaya a chimanga amati ndi wozungulira mutu kapena kuti wopenga.

LEGO
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Where is democracy in DPP now?That shows DPP is not a democratic party,why do you allow someone to go unopposed in a democracy country?Ruling the country for 5 years does not mandate him to go unopposed as far as i know about democracy.You can rule the country for 5 years but if people don’t want you for the next 5 years within your party they can still vote you out because it’s not a forcing matter.As a ruling party you must always lead by example,let the convention decide than few individuals who do not know what democracy is.No wonder you… Read more »

Tiyeseni Phiri
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Tiyeseni Phiri

These are internal party matters. You would not want to replace someone that has a winning formula! We are happy with him at the helm.

Kibaki
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Kibaki

Chati chubwiiii!!!!! chili pompo. Chati pakalapasa chubwiiii chapita. DPP winning 2019 elections with APM at the helm is a complete fallacy. The position of leader of opposition is going to Dr Chilima, with Dr. Chakwera as Head of State. Take it or leave it.

Kwathu
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Kwathu

Mphwanga linda madzi apite sukuidziwa DPP iwe eti?

EDWARD
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true that some people they just talk like kids,DPP is big party and palibe angayikhazike. DPP is everywhere and muthalika can not loose to his deputy or that reverend of theirs

Captain
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Ukunamatu heavy MCP ikutibulani next year ndi gogo wanuyo

Minority vote president
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Minority vote president

A Mpiru pangani Alliance yanuyo ndi UDF MCP Izakunyenyeni limodzi ….

Tenzi Mzungu
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Tenzi Mzungu

Let all positions be competed for. APM grew up in democratic renown countries don’t make him dictator. Hastings enjoyed democracy in USA and UK but he denied others democracy in Malawi why? Because of people like you. So don’t copy from MCP. Our party has the name democratic meaning we promote democracy so democracy is about competition. By the way where’s all the noise that was there before SKC declared his cowardness not to stand? I told you the noise came from MCP supporters who wanted a weak candidate and they are now ashamed. Where’s AKweni now? AKweni don’t make… Read more »

ade
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ade

inutu mulibe nzeru, so you believe that those who were challenging APM were sponsored by MCP? if that is true then you should be worried that MCP can have such an impact on the ruling party. What you should know is that there is a good number of DPP supporters who voted for APM in 2014 who will not vote for him again. And it is wrong to say SKC is a coward. Who wants to get into a competition with someone when he/she know that the rules of the game are not fair? it could have been foolish of… Read more »

Tiyeseni Phiri
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Tiyeseni Phiri

Chilima wanted to usurp power from someone who picked him as a political novice. Is that the way we say thank you? Running mate position was not merited. It could have been anyone that APM could have chosen. Where are all these big ideas coming from? He should have waited a little longer up to 2024 when APM would be statute barred to contest for the presidency.

Mananga
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Mananga

A Dausi kodi anthu akudziwa kuti you talk to Chilima from time to time shhhhhh. Nanenso phuma kuyankhula. Musapusise anthu Mu DPP. By the way akadzawina Peter in 2019 muzandidule mkono. Dausi knows. Dausi womwewo kuti wawawa. Ndineneso osapusisa anthu mu DPP mwamvatu.

Chani?
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Chani?

Tidzangokudula mbolo osati mkono udzayamike uone.

Mpiru
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DPP please consider forming an alliance with UDF so that you can contest the next coming general elections as one block.

James
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James

The DPP blue eyed boys wont allow that since it gives Atupele Muluzi a chance to bargain for the much sought after runningmate position

Freemind
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Freemind

It is the same as not having a convention if others are going unopposed. Let the dictator who goes unopposed elect people in the other positions. If you had said all the other positions will go unopposed but that of the president will be contested, that could have made more sense. That is the one people are interested in. Other wise to hell with your fake convention.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

A convention is much ore than electing office bearers. Its about formulating policies, identification of key developmental projects and reviewing the manifesto for relevancy. It’s a pity that most political parties in Malawi focus on election at these conventions reflecting openly their appetite for looting.

Angoni
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Angoni

Did you say the same about Chakwera going unopposed during MCP’s rushed convention? Unfortunately, it’s the norm in ALL parties.

Mtaba
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Mtaba

Prepare to bring a wheel chair which your president will be using in a year or two as he goes to meetings and rarries

Huhe
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Huhe

Mukuchepera mudzaona tidzakunyenyanyenyani. APM DPP 2024 woooooooooooooooooo

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