Nankhumwa explains decision on withdraw of K87m legal claim against DPP

Kondwani Nankhumwa, who is at a leadership wrangle with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has said fellow party renegades will settle the K87 million legal bills ordered by the court.

In a statement, Nankhumwa said this course of action is intended to put the matter to rest, which challenged the party from removing him as Leader of Opposition in October, 2021.

He described the caucus that the DPP president, Peter Mutharika called at the former President’s retirement home, the PAGE House in Mangochi did not represent a full party quorum, saying on a few people gathered.

DPP vice-president for the South Kondwani Nankhumwa

Amongst others missing at the caucus included Nankhumwa himself; Grezelder Jeffrey (the DPP secretary general); MP Jappie Mhango (treasurer general) and MP Yusuf Nthenda “for reasons that were as murky that time as they are as inaudible today”.

“We considered the decision as unprocedural and unfair,” he said. “In any case, we were not even given a chance to be heard before the expulsion was implemented as it is spelled out in the disciplinary framework of the party.

“As bona-fide citizens of this country, we decided to exercise our right to legal redress, which is why we turned to the courts to obtain an injunction against the decision to expel us.”

Having been granted an injunction, Nankhumwa and the fellow party renegades, also challenged their expulsion and the High Court made a ruling to dismiss their expulsion with costs.

“This was the determination made by the court, and it is the same court that also sets the procedure for assessing costs with the involvement of lawyers from both parties. This money is mostly to cover the legal costs for the case.

“I am saying all this in order to set the record straight because a group of small-minded individuals has arisen that has hijacked the issue to mislead and cultivate sympathy for themselves among DPP members whilst portraying us as just wanting to take underserved money from the party.

“That conduct is not only misleading but also destructive at a time when we should all be pulling in one direction. Why would we want to demand money from our own party?”

He thus emphasized that he and the other three party members “are bona-fide senior members of the party, which we pledged to serve diligently when we were elected at the national convention in 2018.

“We still love the DPP, and we are totally committed to do anything in our power to see it succeed in all future elections and other endeavours.

In the same vein, we would not want to see the party suffer in any way whether financially or otherwise. This is the reason why we have decided to withdraw this claim in its entirety.”

In his conclusion, Nankhumwa said the matter at hand “must serve as a lesson to all current and future leaders of the party,” adding that the DPP belongs to all members and not a chosen few.

“As a leadership, we must make decisions that are inclusive and meant to build the party and not based on malice and vindictiveness to avoid putting the party in avoidable negative financial exposure as has been demonstrated by this scenario.

“This is water under the bridge now, and my humble appeal to fellow DPP members and leaders is to focus on rebuilding the party as an alternative government. We must remain united as a party as we prepare for our elective national convention next year, 2023, in our collective quest to take back the government in 2025.”

Nankhumwa is embroiled in leadership wrangle within the DPP hierarchy and in November last year, Mutharika hosted a reconciliatory meeting but vice-president continued his political estrangement with the party when he strongly refuted a statement made after the meeting that he had “unconditionally withdrawn the defamation case” he filed through the court against four senior members of the party — Francis Mphepo, Brown Mpinganjira, Zellia Chakale and Charles Mchacha.

During the reconciliatory meeting, Mutharika invited Nankhumwa and fellow party presidential aspirants — Paul Gadama; Dalitso Kabambe; David Mbera; Bright Msaka and Joseph Mwanamveka — that led the party to issue the notice indicating that Nankhumwa had thrown in an olive branch with the DPP.

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