Nankhumwa elected Malawi opposition leader:  Trounces Kusaila, Msaka in DPP race

Member of Parliament for Mulanje Central Constituency Kondwani Nankhumwa has been elected as leader of opposition in parliament on Thursday after trouncing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika’s pick Francis Kasaila and Bright Msaka.

Nankhumwa: Elected by DPP legislators to be leader of opposition

The election was presided over by DPP secretary general Grezelder Jeffrey at Parliament premises.

Nankhumwa won the contest with 38 votes while Kasaila got four votes ahead of  Msaka who got a single vote – likely from himself.

In a brief comment after being elected, Nankhumwa told Nyasa Times that  it was the ” honour and privilege ” of his political life  to be elected by the party legislators as their leader.

He said the “faith and trust  by party MPs bestowed upon me will be put to good use.”

Nankhumwa has been serving in the post with an agenda of  “not opposition for opposition’s sake and only shine a torch on critical issues,” which prompted  Mutharika to seek his ouster.

Leader of the backbenchers in Parliament, Victor Musowa , said the DPP legislators were solidly behind Nankhumwa’s leadership.

Meanwhile, Jeffrey insists an elective convention will calm the infighting in the former governing party.

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Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Does it mean dpp MPs are more powerful than the NGC? What is happening there is very unheard of.

Mazira
Mazira
8 months ago

The position of leader of opposition is not a party position but an elected government position. The law says members of parliament from the biggest opposition party elect a leader of the opposition. DPP as a party cannot impose who the leader of opposition should be unfortunately. Contact and dialogue is key otherwise this power play will not end well for DPP as a party

Mwikho
Mwikho
8 months ago

They are following standing orders. NGC is not part of parliament.

ANZERU AKUMAWA
ANZERU AKUMAWA
8 months ago

Anthu okhotetsa malamulo kuti ziwakomere samapita patali. This is democracy; Malamulo amati; mtsogoleri wa chipani chotsutsa; Ndiye A Malema ndi mtsogoleri wa chipani chiti? Open your eyes your boy, they are playing you. Your corner is getting smaller. You dont fight your party. zitsanzo ndi zambiri za USED and ABUSED. You will add to examples.

Nandi
Nandi
8 months ago
Reply to  ANZERU AKUMAWA

Anzeru akumawa mwasochelatu apa hhahahah

Chamba
Chamba
8 months ago

and the drama continues!!!!

Corona
Corona
8 months ago

The root of the problems in dpp is poor leadership by apm.tiday we have utm,it was born out of gossip from people like ben phiri,chisale feeding it to apm.there only dpp can have chance is clear out junk in its ranks people like chaponda,mpinganjira,mphepo,mussa ,mchacha ,ben phiri and nankhumwa himself need ship out.malawians need new faces

Mwikho
Mwikho
8 months ago
Reply to  Corona

Standing orders of parliament apply to parliament and NOT a party. MPs have just followed what is in their standing orders therefore outside party members are just making NOISE. Even the president is outside parliament.

Worried parent
8 months ago

How come that MANEB is allowing these politicians to storm STD 8 examination rooms? Have Examination rules changed? Can’t this encourage cheating and leakage?

The Knight Templar
The Knight Templar
8 months ago

Nakhumwa just has to be suspended from the party. Jeffrey will try to quickly organize a sham convetion to crown Nankhumwa as president, the NGC has to act quickly before these UTM guys play the dirty trick again of letting Nankhumwa win.

Of all people celebrating Nakhumwa are UTM folks. Because they have a plan which even MCP has to be weary about. Nankhumwa has to be removed removed from the party asap.

Moqtadar Al Sadir
8 months ago

DPP stinks.

Chewailesi Bedansichi
Chewailesi Bedansichi
8 months ago

In as much as these dpp MPs appear to have genuine concerns, I do not think that the path they are taking and more especially what transpired today is the right way of identifying a leader of opposition in parliament. The responsibility rests with the party and not just parliamentarians. Therefore, this can and will easily be challenged by party stalwarts. It is also possible that this sect of dpp MPs are being bankrolled by outside elements. All in all, this wrangle has only just begun as there will be more twists and turns ahead. Watch this space…

Prosper
Prosper
8 months ago

It came to pass so fast indeed! I commented last night that trying to challenge Nankhumwa for the position of Leader of Opposition in parliament will leave the challengers with egg all over their faces and that has just happened. I do not know much about Nankhumwa as i only follow Malawi politics from a foreign country, but it seems to me he is a charismatic leader and modern politics is all about charisma. Charismatic leaders are liked naturally without even breaking a sweat to woow followers. Now these other ‘command leaders’ that Mutharika wants to appoint do not have… Read more »

Nabetha
Nabetha
8 months ago
Reply to  Prosper

Wow I think Nankhumwa seems to be a man of principles which makes some people not understand him………..keep on shining broda Nankhumwa!

Sarah sarah
Sarah sarah
8 months ago

This is sham led by Jeffrey, DPP has 62 Mps, where were the other mps and why didn’t they partake.
Nakhumwa is not a worthy leader of any political party let alone DPP of Bingu, we need idealism, ideology and vision in a leader. DPP has got those calibre sadly Nakhumwa, as popular as he might be. Btw it mistify me why that is. But he is not the suitable candidate to move this party forward.

Ben Phiri Jerusalem University
Ben Phiri Jerusalem University
8 months ago
Reply to  Sarah sarah

MP’s are being paid to be in Parliment it is job of disapline Community to penalize MP’s not attending their duties in Parliment. It time Government shamed these MP’s when not attending Parliament by posting attendance records. Stop paying allowance. Time we expected MP’s to do more and work by rising to the position they were elected for.

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