DPP reorganises top posts, Goodall now VP

By Charles Kufa, Nyasa Times

Malawi’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  has “reorganised” its National Governing Council by removing secretary general Bintony Kutsaira  replacing him with Wakuda Kamanga and appointing three vice presidents.

The party meeting in the capital Lilongwe at the New State House also rubber stamped the idea of having President Bingu wa Mutharika’s brother, Peter, to be its presidential candidate in 2014.

DPP spokesman Hetherwick Ntaba confirmed.

“It is true that the NGC meeting agreed that Professor Peter Mutharika should be the presidential candidate for DPP in 2014,” said Ntaba. “His nomination will be approved at the national convention.”

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In the new chain of command, former finance minister Goodall Gondwe has been appointed as first vice president. The second vice president is Zomba central member of parliament and Labour Minister Yunus Mussa.

DPP has also created the position of third vice president and is being held by MP Jean Kalilani.

Kamanga as secretary general will be deputised by Isaac Nyakamera. Assistant secretary generals are Foreign Affairs Minister Etta Banda and MP Ralph Jooma.

DPP has maintained Transport Minister Sidik Mia as treasurer general who will be deputised by Bessie Chirambo, the presidential aide on NGO’s and former defence minister Reckford Thotho.

The following are the new members of the DPP politburo with Mutharika as party president:

1st Vice President (VP): Goodall Gondwe; 2nd VP: Yunus Mussa and 3rd VP: Jean Kalirani

Secretary General: Elias Wakuda Kamanga; Deputy: Isaac Nyakamera; 2nd Deputy: Eta Banda and 3rd Deputy: Ralph Jooma

Treasurer General: Sidik Mia; 1st Deputy: Bessie Chirambo and 2nd Deputy: Leckford Thotho

 Organising Secretary: Francis Mphepo; 1st Deputy: Catherine Hara and 2nd Deputy: John Zingale

Campaign Director:  Ken Zikhale Ng’oma; 1st Deputy: Rashy Gaffar and 2nd Deputy: Alice Lungu

Regional Governors: North: Ancent Nkhata; Centre: Kalanzi Mbewe; East: Yusuf Yusweja and South: Noel Masangwi.-

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