There infighting in opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as officials divide over misappropriation of K5 million meant for party’s research, Nyasa Times can reveal.
Meanwhile, parallel groupings have started emerging, tearing the already cracks-riddled party apart as members are tirelessly labouring to save their grace in the wake of misused K5 million.
The party’s interim president, Peter Mutharika convinced by the party’s technocrat grouping, Blue Professionals released K5 million for research that was proposed to assess DPP’s popularity and strengthening its grassroot stractures as well as his candidature.
However, the money was highjacked by some greedy members who jumped on the opportunity to satisfy their money-lust and never bothered to undertake the research, plucking the wrath of others who had planned to conduct the survey.
And what started as disagreement over the swindled money, has currently degenerated into internal fight with the concerned members divided and some forming own groupings within the party.”The money was left in the hands of the party’s vice president for Blue Professionals to conduct the research. But some of the people in that group pocketed it. Meanwhile there are divisions in the party with some fighting to keep the issue under wraps as others feel cheated,” disclosed our party sources.
DPP spokesman Nicholous Dausi declined to comment on the matter, saying he was in the dark over the development.
The divisions over the money, Nyasa Times has discovered, led to duplication of Blue Professionals with other disgruntled members creating own groups with similar agenda.
”I felt cheated, I was set to go on a survey but to my dismay, nothing is coming out until it was discovered that greedy few have diverted the money for their personal reasons. I am told some pocketed K100, 000 each while others got more than that”.
With Mutharika expected to return from his overseas’ fundraising trip, the party’s excutive has instituted internal investigate the issue and resolve the squables that will only further divide the party and dash its hopes of stepping back in government.