Mutharika asks losers to remain in DPP after convention

DPP convention inside the Comesa Hall...Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
DPP convention inside the Comesa Hall…Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

The interim president for the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Peter Mutharika has asked those contesting for various positions in the party not to leave the party once they lose.

In his opening speech at the party’s convention which is underway in Blantyre, Mutharika said there will still be other positions in the party which the losers would be considered to occupy.

“If you lose don’t leave the party. Stay with the party and there are many positions in the party reserved for you so let’s work together and make sure that the government that was taken from us  last year will get back in May 2014,”  he said.

Mutharika said in every contest there are winners and losers and as such they should all stick with the party to help in the preparation for 2014 tripartite elections

He also disclosed that for the sake of fairness the party has thought that certain positions should be shared.

“For example the position of the treasurer general will go to the southern region; the position of the secretary general will go to the central region, the position of the campaign manager will go to the northern region and the position of the director of research will go  to eastern region. For the four position I have said only people from those regions will compete,” he said.

Mutharika described the convention as an important element which he said will determine not only the future of the party but also the future of this country.

“We want people to be committed to the principles of the DPP. The members elected today will serve office for the next five years, so the next five years will determine the future of the party including the coming elections in 2014. And people should elect those who were dedicated to the party.

“I can assure you that I am determined to make sure that the DPP goes back into government in 2014. But to do that we need to be united”.

Mutharika is facing Speaker of Parliament Henry Chimunthu Banda in the fight for the presidency.

“Don’t leave the party. Let’s work together. If you lose don’t think of leaving the party,” Mutharika appealed.

The epic battle between Mutharika and Chimunthu Banda stands to either make or break DPP, founded by the former president, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, after he ditched the United Democratic Front (UDF) in February 2005.

Former first lady Callista Mutharika at DPP convention
Former first lady Callista Mutharika at DPP convention

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