DPP ‘Team A’ unveiled: Malawi ruling party factionalism ahead of convention
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials have been divide in different factions ahead of the the party’s coming convention this weekend with a group of top brass campaigning together christened ‘DPP Team A’ stepping forward promising to provide strong leadership the fight towards a better future.
The DPP ‘Team A’ has emerged to comprise Grezeldar Jeffrey, who is seeking fresh mandate as secretary general (SG), Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka, who is vying for vice-presidency for the Eastern Region, Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappie Mhango, who is eyeing the position of treasurer general, and Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi, who wants to be the party’s spokesman.
Others are Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nakhumwa, who wants to be vice-president for the South challenging incumbent George Chaponda, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Cecilia Chazama and Ben Phiri who is vying for the post of director of elections.
Legislator Mary Navicha, former MP Khwauli Msiska and James Chauma are also in DPP ‘Team A’.
The ‘Team A’ the Northern Region DPP headquarters for campaign where they met 312 delegates who are expected to vote at the indaba.
Jeffrey said the ‘Team A’ would help President Peter Mutharika run the party through to 2024.
But Minister of Trade Henry Mussa, and Agriculture Minister, Joseph Mwanamvekha, who are also contesting for vice-presidency of the Southern Region are not promoting factionalism.
Mussa said he will not promote the turning on each other in party.
He said competition is good but cautioned against resorting to school-like squabbles and attacking those they work together for the better of the party.
“We should not allow factionalism tear our party apart,” he said.
But Jeffrey said factionalism is not a new phenomenon, pointing out that divisions have always existed within DPP and, indeed, within most political parties.
“It would be naïve and idealistic to assume that any big party like DPP with members from across different areas, backgrounds, ethnicities, genders and ages could fully unite on any given issue without significant differences quickly emerging. Factions have existed and are likely to continue to exist,” she said.
DPP regional governor (North) Kenneth Sanga said the region is backing ‘Team A’ which also has Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe.
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The Secretary Generals riole is to build and hold the party together. Her remarks are very devisive and immature. It’s a shame that she has decided to stoop that low! DPP has become the party of a few intolerable individuals …….. fair thee well May 2019!!!
Team A vs team what? Team Madala kapena? Let the DPP gurus compete and lets see who gets muddy! Kokakoka….wina alira ndithu!
Thieves like their mafia counterparts cannot work together. The reason is plain and simple, GREED (KUDZIKUNDIKIRA.)
Ndiye muphana, munyenyana. Simunati! Ma CADET anu anayamba kale kukhapana, kutemana ku Lilongwe.
Chipani chimakhala ndi ma camp or ma tea? A World Cup or league?. Zinakanika ZANU PF ku Zim and ANC remains divided even after the Nasrec Conference in December.
SHAME on MBAVA!!!
Is the ddp constitution direct the party’s leadership to organise a mixed elections? Why those regions cannot organise elections separately at regional level so that people from those regions they can also stand a chance to participate in those elections, and by the way, what the difference between a regional governor and and these so called regional VPs, thats only found in ddp, to me in my I understand it sounds like in the ddp as a party their are people who don’t want to be lead by others I mean the entire inner circle of the party, they created… Read more »
All the best team A. Nankhumwa for the vice presidency for the south. He never created toxic assets anywhere and he enjoys sound health. Nankhumwa’s name has never been associated with the Chilima movement. All the best Bwana Nakhumwa. Your loyalty and love for the party and APM is unquestionable.
I like your undying loyalty to the party, mphonongolo and all. That’s the way to go. How is it working for you Mesimadzi?
DPP never ceases to amaze me. The so called team A fought tooth and nail to frustrate Chilima and Chilima left the party so fragmented. Now among the remaining non influential people they have drawn a line where others are in team A. I don’t know how many teams there are, but suffice to conclude that this party is ping to 2019 general elections a fragmented lot. I find Henry Mussa the only sound thinking person. He is a unifying factor. The rest don’t care if Peter loses. Actually that’s what they want.
Divisions in a political party is not a strange thing as long as the elections are there.But after the convention they need to accept the outcome and work together again that is what we call democracy.Nevertheless,what buffed me in DPP is the manner the they handle the Chilima Movement.