Mussa, Manamvekha deny shunning Nakhumwa’s rally: Mphepo says DPP has to unite to win

Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Joseph Mwanamvekha  and  Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Henry Mussa have dismisses as “fake news” that they boycotted the ruling  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rally addressed by  vice-president for the Southern Region Kondwani Nankhumwa in Ndirande over the weekend.

Mussa: It is nonsense

Nankhumwa: For DPP’s inner unity

Dausi speaking at Nakhumwa’s DPP rally in Ndirande

Mwanamvekha (L) says has been having DPP meetings together with Nankhumwa (r)

Social media reports calm ministers Mussa and Mwanamvekha who are both legislators from Chiradzulu district ,  director of elections Ben Phiri and former minister George Chaponda were absent from the rally because they had boycotted.

The DPP gurus are said to be accusing  Nankhumwa, who is also Minister of Local Government and Leader of the House in Malawi Parliament,  of being power hungry.

But in an interview with Nyasa Times, Mussa reacted angrily to such reports.

“That’s nonsense and childish,” he said.

“How was I expected to be in two places at the same time? Dind’t you see me as one of the ministers in waiting welcoming the visiting Vice President of India?

“For your information I personally had expressed my interest to attend the Ndirande rally to veep Nankhumwa when we meet during President’s function in Nkula Falls.”

Mussa said he could not make it to the Ndirande rally because he was assigned other State duties.

“This is work of our detractors and shem on them. They will never succeed with their sinister motives. They have miserably failed and can go jump into the lake,” he said.

Mussa added: “ We as DPP are a family and solidly in support of each other in our resolve to attain the landslide victory come May 21 2019.”

In a separate interview with Nyasa Times, Mwanamvekha dissed the report as “fake news”.

Mwanamvekha said he has been holding meetings together with Nankhumwa.

“Some people are creating deliberate confusion. Take such reports with a pinch of a salt,” said Mwanamvekha.

While Ben Phri and Chaponda said they were engaged with other duties hence they missed the Ndirande rally.

The top DPP officials who were present at the rally include Minister of Information and Communications Techgnology Nicholas Dausi, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Cecilia Chazama, presidential advisor and party’s administrative secretary  Francis Mphepo, regional governor for the South Charles Mchacha, Member of Parliament (MP) for Malabada Constituency Aaron Sangala, and First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Esther Mcheka Chilenje.

In his speech  at the rally, Nankhumwa asked members of DPP to remain united and discouraged  backbiting and jealousy.

“There is need to love one another as children of one family. We have to remain united to ensure that the party registers a resounding victory in 2019,” he said.

His sentiments were echoed by Mphepo, who asked members of DPP National Govenring Council (NGC) to resolve their difference amicably.

Mphepo said conflicts among members of the DPP politburo would disadvantage the party in 2019 polls.

“For us to win, we have to unite. If we have had our own misunderstandings, let us bury the hatchet and move together as one family,” said Mphepo.

Likewise, Dausi called for unity of purpose in DPP.

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Charlie Hebdo
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Charlie Hebdo

When stories of divisions between APM and SKC first became public, DPP was quick to dismiss them as mere rumors, works of the detractors of the party. Even with glaring evidence, DPP will never admit anything that will tarnish its holy name. Remember the K145 million kickback. DPP first denied it, only to admit it when it became clear it was denying the inevitable albeit with flimsy excuses. History has a funny way of repeating itself. Whether true or not, only time will tell.

symon btz
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symon btz

DPP inata angokakamiza chifukwa alindi ndalama ukugula ma cadet ndi ma jonalist pa times apa kuti aziwapopa koma they will not go very far , amalawi tinazindikila kale kale , zilubwa lubwani muoba 2019 muli kunja kumene

kendo njamba
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kendo njamba

no party will be able to stand with UTM on 21/05/2019 not all even DPP itself they are politically incompetitive , UTM has what it takes to destroy them off

getrudi
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getrudi

the guy is old enough is he is unable to stand

mtete
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mtete

Mussa has given reasons for not being at the meeting. Chaponda, Mwananvekha and Ben Phiri have not. They have chips on their shoulders; bitter at not making it to DPP VP seat. And you say there is unity in DPP? Think again.

Alamu Pumani Mwakula kuba
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Mbava zotherstu izi. Joseph Mathyola angakhale wandale lero? Dziko lathadi ili. Aswiswili kunona.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

By nature political leaders are power hungry otherwise they wouldn’t survive the dog eat dog (political) realm. Nankhumwa is young and dynamic in his approach so obviously may be seen to be power hungry (although he’s supposed to be anyway).

John
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Why are all the speakers talking of unity of there is Unity?

mediaz
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mediaz

Mudakangonena kuti nankhumwa wanuyo ndiye akulowa mmalo mwa mthalika pa chisankho,,,,,,ukapolo udzatha liti Ku DPP?The whole southern region mumafuna aphungu kaya nduna zibwere Ku ndirande?Shame to you people,,,,,,,

Change is needed
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Change is needed

Sure. Unity with a purpose of continued stealing from the poor. Aphumbwa simumvana. Ziphwete simugawana bwino. Mwawafuna lero. Mkesa mumati inu ndi DPP A. Asiyeni amzanuo.

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