Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) top brass have endorsed Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Mutharika to assume to role of president of the party which was led by his older brother late President Bingu wa Mutharika.
A meeting held at Minister of Energy Goodall Gondwe’s residence in Lilongwe agreed that the president’s brother who was endorsed as DPP presidential candidate should be its interim leader.
But government has not formally announced the death of President Mutharika.
DPP secretary general Wakuda Kamanga confirmed that Peter Mutharika is the party’s leader now.
He was however cautious on commenting on Mutharika’s death.
“DPP endorsed Peter Mutharika as presidential candidate in 2014. The party is giving him more stamina,” he said.
Asked to comment on the death of the President, Kamanga chickened out.
“We are talking of DPP leadership,” he said.
He said Peter Mutharika has “vision to re-invigorate the party policies” and continue Mutharika’s legacy.
But some senior party officials said their priority is to give late president a befitting burial.