Senior officials of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have claimed that Northern Region of Malawi, which was once described as “the home of DPP,” is the party’s bedrock once again.
DPP vice-president for the North, Goodall Gondwe, who is also Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, said during a rally at Mkombezi in Rumphi that the North is back as the home of DPP as the party is gaining more members.
“DPP is strong again in the North. This is the home of DPP,” said Gondwe.
DPP director of campaign Jappie Mhango, who is also Minister of Transport, claimed thousands of members who had left the party now support DPP.
“We are regaining popularity here in the North. More people are coming to support us,” said Mhango.
DPP was founded by late Bingu wa Mutharika in 2005 after ditching the United Democratic Front (UDF), a party that sponsored his ticket to State House in the 2004 general elections.
That was Mutharika’s second attempt after miserably performing in the 1999 general elections on his defunct United Party (UP) ticket.
Bingu, a former World Bank economist, governed Malawi until 2012 when he died after a cardiac arrest.
DPP was relegated to the opposition when the then Vice-President Joyce Banda took over power and her People’s Party (PP) after Bingu’s death.
Banda and Bingu wa Mutharika fell out after a row over the succession in 2010, and she was expelled from the DPP.
Bingu’s brother, the current Malawi President Peter Mutharika, was chosen instead of Banda to be the DPP’s presidential candidate in the 2014 elections which he won.
Mutharika is seeking a second and final term in next year’s elections.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :