DPP governors angry with Bingu over handouts

District , constituency governors and some officials of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have vowed to sabotage the party’s participation in the 2014 elections because the party’s leader, President Bingu wa Mutharika has let them down since the 2009 elections.

Latest disappointment is disbursement of K14 000 loans given to the governors and some officials against the promised K100 000.

“We complained to the party that since the 2009 elections, the President nor the party has done anything for us as a token of appreciation for our sweat to ensure victory of the party in 2009 elections. The party leadership promised to give us loans amounting to K100 000 each.

Mutharika: Gave out K14,000 handouts to governors

“We were advised to ask for the loans from Malawi Savings Bank. To our surprise, last week, we got communication from the bank that the loans were ready. We were happy but our happiness was short-lived when we reached the bank. We were told we would get each K14 000 and not K100 000 as promised by the party,” said one governor from Chiradzulu.

The governor said he and his friends asked for the money so that they could run businesses for survival alongside doing party work.

Said the governor: “My friends and I are very disappointed that instead of receiving K100 000, we are given K14 000. In heavens name, what can we do with K14 000? What kind of business can we venture into with that little money?”

Another governor from Blantyre said, “I have spent my resources on party business with the hope that one day things would be better for me but honestly, the party has made me poorer. I wonder if the party will need our support again in 2014. I can assure you, most of the governors have vowed to sabotage the party in the 2014 elections. I for one, am ready to do that.”

DPP spokesperson Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba asked for more time before commenting on the matter.

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