Early convention may save DPP from total collapse, advises political expert

A Blantyre-based political commentator has advised the opposition DPP that if it has to remain a strong political party, it must organize an early convention where all positions should be up for grabs.

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In an interview published in the Weekend Nation of September 26, 2020, Caesar Kondowe says that those who would be elected to various positions should be given space and latitude to rebuild the party and prepare for the next elections under the guidance of the new party leader.

“That would be the best way forward for the party,” says Kondowe in reaction to internal squabbles in the DPP that saw the recent summoning of Vice President for Southern Region and Leader of Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa to appear before a ‘disciplinary committee’ for alleged insubordination, among other charges.

Kondowe says it is important for political parties to have internal disciplinary frameworks to entrench intra-party democracy but the manner in which the Nankhumwa disciplinary matter was handled “failed a critical democracy test”.

“From the disciplinary grounds and the composition of the disciplinary committee, it was clear the process was meant to serve the twisted personal interests of a few individuals who are also interested in the position of Leader of Opposition and the presidency. It was a kangaroo court meant to punish Nankhumwa for the simple reason that he is a political threat to the people that are actually laying the charges.

“The charge of failure to clarify his background and qualification is as bizarre as it comes because Nankhumwa has all along been DPP and served as cabinet minister in the administration of Bingu wa Mutharika as well as Peter Mutharika. If the DPP really wanted him to clarify on these issues, it would have prompted him a long time ago when he was rising through the party ranks and being appointed to all the cabinet positions. The question is, has the DPP asked Nankhumwa to clarify on these allegations before? Why now? Let those accusing Nankhumwa prove the allegations, not Nankhumwa,” opines Kondowe.

Kondowe says internal squabbling will obviously cost the party in the end. He says the DPP should have drawn back to do a deeper soul-searching and political post-mortem to find out where it went wrong, or where it is still going wrong.

“That process would have helped the party to craft the right strategies for recovery to prepare for the next elections. The bickering will only make the party to lose focus; fail to prepare and ultimately lose the next elections, again. The good thing is that the next elections are almost five years from now and the party has time to prepare,” says Kondowe.

Elsewhere, he observes, the leadership of a party that has lost an election resigns to pave way for fresh ideas. It is just an ethical and moral thing to do in a democracy, and what the (DPP) Director of Elections, Ben Phiri, did to concede failure and to resign was a sign of maturity and commendable, says Kondowe.

“It should have been Mutharika setting this precedent by resigning his post to pave way for fresh ideas after failing to lead the party to victory,” says Kondowe.

Apart from Nankhumwa, the other names that are coming forward for the top leadership job in the party are VP in the Eastern Region Bright Msaka, VP for the centre, Uladi Mussa and Football Association of Malawi (FAM) President Walter Nyamilandu.

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Patrick
8 months ago

So this writer looks like he’s got a huge stake from Nankhumwa,my friend just know this once the owner of an institution or company dies in Malawi everything follows him,so let’s just forget this DPP issue

WTF
WTF
8 months ago

Even it dies we will not miss it. Good riddance

Ndikumva kukoma
Ndikumva kukoma
8 months ago

Too late for Jericho!!….. the walls are crumbling down, DPP “ the system “ was built on quick sand

The fast Dying DPP
The fast Dying DPP
8 months ago

There is too much to entangle in DPP;

1. Who is going to call for the convention?? Gelezeda anamyula,

2. Who is going to fund the convention?? Their source of funding ( Parasitatals ) have guns pointed to their heads

3. There are too many factions each interested in the top position with APM not helping the situation by pre-selecting his preference

4. It’s perceived as a southern region ( Lomwe belt ) party and lomwes want to maintain leadership hence the fight between Nankhumwa and Chiponda

Good luck

Loyal Friend
Loyal Friend
8 months ago

DPP and UDF need to merge. Not under the leadership of a Mutharika stooge Chaponda or Atulepe but a freely elected leader. For amongst Lomwes and Yoas MCP is a no go, they will not support MCP. A merger of the 2 parties guarantees supporters a strong opposition and who knows SKC may also join them perhaps to lead the merged parties.

Felegesi Chimtumbira
Felegesi Chimtumbira
8 months ago

Let it collapse please. No thanks!

mtete
mtete
8 months ago

In my view DPP is on a death bed and nothing will resuscitate it, try as you may. The sins that a party does lives after it, so be it with DPP.

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Musatinyase nazo za dpp. It is like reminding you of a murderer who killed your spouse. We are better now without udf and dpp.

Hotlips
Hotlips
8 months ago

Learn from history, please.
The same was said about MCP in 1994, today it’s in power.

Mkanda Gudu
Mkanda Gudu
8 months ago
Reply to  Hotlips

Turbulence in MCP was very much felt in 1999 when fielding the Presidential Candidate and by that time HK Banda had died 2 year earlier. The turbulence continued until 2004, when Gwandanguluwe Chakuamba Phiri left and stood for Mgwirizano Coalition. The moral of the story here, DPP’s turbulence is early and it’s coming at time when people would not stick to what they believe in. Most of the blue guys will be mid 2021 moved to other side of the aisle and political divide.

Mulumuzana
Mulumuzana
8 months ago
Reply to  Hotlips

Yes, the same was said but the difference is that positions in MCP were at least open for grabs by People from all regions and tribes. This made it to survive as it was able to attract support of influential figures. If DPP won’t open up, believe you me it going down to a grave.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
8 months ago

Nothing will save this dirty stinking party.

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