By Collins Mtika, Nyasa Times
A cross section of people in the northern region have trashed the appointment of former Finance minister Goodall Gondwe as DPP’s first Vice President saying the development does not change peoples’ attitude towards Bingu wa Mutharika’s party.
DPP appointed Gondwe, now MP for Mzimba North, and other new faces during the weekend in what the new secretary general Wakuda Kamanga said was a ‘re-organisation’ of the national governing council.
A snap survey done by Nyasa Times also revealed that people did not want to hear of DPP.
“This party has caused us more problems and we are just waiting for 2014,” said a civil servant, whom we cannot name.
“This is not going to change anything. We have already decided to oust DPP from government come 2014 and I don’t think Gondwe can make us change that decision,” said George Chipeta a businessman in Mzuzu city.
The position fell vacant after the party fired State Vice president Joyce Banda in December 2010 for allegedly forming parallel structures and refusing to endorse Peter Mutharika as the DPP presidential candidate in 2014.
The people also observed that Gondwe is not a popular grassroot politician hence his ascendency in the party’s hierarchy has no impact on the politics of the region.
“Gondwe is a coward. He has never sided with ordinary people,” said John Ibrahim, a vendor.