Nankhumwa plays down ‘DK-2025’ hype in DPP presidential race

Leader of opposition in Parliament  and estranged former governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  vice-president for  the South, Kondwani Nankhumwa has played down the drafting in former Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) governor Dalitso Kabambe into the party’s presidential race to replace its president Peter Mutharika.

Nankhumwa: The convention will elect a leader
DK2025: Dalitso Kabambe being touted for DPP leadership

Kabambe will face Nankhumwa, Bright Msaka [DPP vice-president for the Eastern Region] and former minister of Finance Joseph Mwanamvekha  in the race for the party’s president at the yet to be announced convention.

But Nankhumwa, who has all along be regarded as a front runner, said  it is Kabambe’s democratic right to join the party and, if he wishes, to contest on any position.

Nankhumwa said in quotes reported by Malawi News that  Kabambe used the party structures  to head into mainstream politics as he made arrangements with the national organising secretary Chimwemwe Chipungu that he should be formally welcomed in the party  at  DPP Southern Region headquarters in Sunnyside, Blantyre where he was accompanied by his wife Bridget and mother Annie.

Said Nankhumwa: “It is his democratic right to contest on any position he wishes, and I believe that as time passes by, a lot of people will join the race.”

Nankhumwa said he has  read reports on social media that Kabambe is a  preferred choice of Mutharika as his successor but said DPP delegates to the elective convention hold the power to vote and their will  shall be respected.

“All I know is people will have their democratic right to choose. The reports that someone has been anointed or not, that does not hold water at all because delegates at the convention will decide not an individual,” said Nankhumwa in quotes reported by Malawi News.

DPP regional governor (South)Charles Mchacha dismissed suggestions that Mutharika had endorsed Kabambe as his successor, saying the former head of State will ensure a level playing field and let the best candidate win at the convention.

Nankhumwa claimed his relationship with Mutharika remains “cordial” as it has always been.

On the other hand, Msaka, who is chairing DPP’s Functional Review Committee, could not be reached for comment.

At a ceremony welcoming Kabambe, some DPP youths were seen wearing T-shirts with Kabambe’s portrait emblazoned on the chest and a caption ‘DK2025’ apparently standing for Dalitso Kabambe 2025.

DPP lost in the June 23 2020 Fresh Presidential Election to the nine-party Tonse Alliance led by MCP president Lazarus Chakwera who partnered Mutharika’s then estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima of UTM Party on the presidential ticket.

Peter Mutharika took over the leadership of DPP after the death of his brother, Bingu wa Mutharika in April 2012, propelling the party to victory in the 2014 Tripartite Elections.

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mother
mother
3 months ago

ndiwe umanena bodza kwa chilima eti? nankhumwa oipa kwambiri

Mukuonari
Mukuonari
3 months ago

Kabambe remains to be a Parliamentary candidate in his southern region -Thyolo.He will never be a president of Malawi. He stole enough from RBM, K24m one person per month? This guy wont make it.In many times he used to travel to Blantyre time and again and passing my uncles house for his in-laws and at times slept with one of them and shop her the following morning for her home. RBM office told us everything this guy was doing with our guest house in Blantyre. All his relatives and in-laws are in many good paying companies like banks etc.We know… Read more »

Chikhosi
Chikhosi
3 months ago

Mpaka Malemia wokuba MSCE certificate? AMalawi ndiye asowa chosankhatu. Kapena kusankhira kuopa kunenepa khosi? DK2025 moto kuti buuuuu!!!!

ABUSA
ABUSA
3 months ago
  1. Nankhumwa is not a material for Malawi presidency. Please malawians let us be serious. Let us not do primitive politics. We need someone who can turn the economy of our country. You can see now how Chakwela is failing. He does not no what to do because he has no knowledge about economy. Choosing leaders emotionally malawi will never be developed.
Neno
Neno
3 months ago

Too early for this….The road to the next elections will take as another 4years and 6months.

Lets unite and work together as of now do develop our country.

Otherwise musawuka nazo yizi zanu zonse zitha ndikukopa wogiya.

Phaloni
Phaloni
3 months ago

Gulu limeneli linatikwana ife and we don’t want one of them to lead us again. They have proven beyond reasonable doubt that they are thieves, nepotistic, corrupt, fraudulent, swindlers, regionalistic and generally bad people. We would rather vote for Atupele Muluzi and Bright Msaka than voting for Kabande, Nankhumwa and Mwanamveka. I know we are a country of stuipids and pretenders but who can really vote for Kondwani Nankhumwa? Does he have necessary qualifications and competencies to be a president of a country? Ndipatseni madzi ndikomoke….

Ku lumbadzi
Ku lumbadzi
3 months ago

I am surprised that these DPP folks are stil free and in our midst,no lesser person thanPresident Chakwera,who incidentally I voted for,said the previous people in government stole trillions and will be held accountable,oh sorry i forgot politicians are ,should we say birds of the same feather flock together,recently they united and gave themselves a hefty pay rise,two presidents got very cozy as well,oh well will just have to vote again,in this country presidents have a very short political life.

ERUTU
ERUTU
3 months ago

Kumapeto kwache m’modzi apezeka owina

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
Anzelu ndi Anzelu
3 months ago

DPP needs a new broom, a new face and a new leader. Whether Kabambe represents that newness or not is something yet to be seen. Just like MCP, the coming in of a new face really worked for them. Look now, they are back in power.

Openza
Openza
3 months ago

BWANA CHISALE NDINU MULENDO KAPENA? CHAKWERA, MIA, ANNOUNCED THEIRNPOSITIONS ON THE DAY OF JOINING THE PARTY. HOWEVER, YOUR POINT IS RIGHT, THIS TENDENCY SHOULD STOP. MCP WAS DIVIDED AND SOME ROYALTY WERE BOUGHT BY MIA. DPP STILL REMAINS A STRONGEST PARTY IN MALAWI. ANY ALLIENCE UTM AND DPP WILL SEE MCP OUT AGAIN. I SEE IT COMING.

Emmanuel Mukondia
Emmanuel Mukondia
3 months ago
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Stupid tribalistic lomwes you are Dreaming to have alliance with whom? never think of that,pano your are talking of alliances,mayetsa mmadzithama Kuti mulipo ambiri.This generation will never forget the atrocities you commited never

Hate it or take it but it's a fact

Surely Lhomwes should make more children to beat 50+1 margin otherwise forget about coming back to power very soon. Central and northern part of Malawi wont allow Lhomwes back to power very soon. Lhomwes atrocities to other tribes is still fresh more especially northerners with your quota system. Those people from the north are United and if they need to punish a party they do. Look at Muntharika loss its coz he didn’t do well in the north those he had support from east of Atupele. We need to be United and make Malawi as one not Malawi as Lhomwes… Read more »

kalanga
kalanga
3 months ago

hehe after killing lots MCP is in power. Never say never

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