Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chiradzulu East MP, Henry Mussa, is set to challenge Professor Peter Mutharika for the presidency at the party convention slated for November this year.
Nyasa Times sources have indicated that a faction led by Mussa has emerged and is working tirelessly to unseat some current DPP National Governing Council members at the convention.
Mussa wants to dare Mutharika for the party presidency and has told his team that he is prepared to ensure that he makes “mincemeat” out of Mutharika at the DPP convention.
According to some party officials secretly working with Mussa, the group has come up with campaign points which among others are attacking Peter Mutharika of lacking political charisma, poor Chichewa, as well as not being conversant with Malawi’s grassroots politics as he has spent most of his years in the United States of America.
The team working with Mussa, according to top sources, include southern regional governor Noel Masangwi who is set to grab the position of Treasurer General from George Chaponda.
Others are Mwanza parliamentarian Paul Chibingu who is gunning for the position of National organising secretary currently with Francis Mphepo and Francis Kasaila who is set to take the position of party spokesperson from Nicholas Dausi. Kasaila is currently the deputy party spokesperson.
Mutharika however has welcomed contest for presidency, saying he “a democrat” who believes in competition.
He has also indicated that he is ready to support whoever the party will choose at the indaba .
DPP spokesman Nicholous Dausi also said every member is free to challenge Mutharika at the party convention.
Dausi said DPP members should contest for any position freely without being intimidated.
“DPP is a democratic party, or at least it is supposed to be a democratic party, there has to be an open contest,” he said.
Dausi said there was growing democracy within the DPP as evidenced by increasing interest for the various party positions.
He encouraged DPP members to freely canvass and campaign for any position within the party.
Mussa could not be reached for comment.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :