The former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-president (South) Kondwani Nankhumwa, who is also leader of opposition (LoP) in Parliament, has confirmed that he met immediate past president Peter Mutharika on Sunday at his beachside villa in Mangochi to discuss the party crisis but could not agree to pull in one direction.
Nankhumwa said the meeting with Mutharika took place in “a very cordial environment” but dismissed a statement issued by party spokesman Brown Mpinganjira that he agreed to relinquish the position of Leader of the Opposition and pay way for Francis Kasaila to take the title.
He also denied that he undertook to direct his legal team to seek an indefinite adjournment of the case in which Nankhumwa, secretary general Grezelder Jeffrey, treasurer general Jappie Mhango and Mulanje West legislator Yusuf Nthenda obtained an injunction against the party’s decision to expel them.
Mpinganjira statement said the adjournment would pave way for the resolution of the matter by the parties to the case through mediation using the existing structures for dispute resolution within the party.
But Nankhumwa said such claims are “patently false” and a “shameful fabrication”.
Said Nankhumwa: “There were many issues that we discussed but we did not reach a consensus on most of them and agreed that talks must continue until we conclusively resolve the issues.”
Nankhumwa said he agreed with Mutharika that a date would be appointed in due course to “continue discussions and that where a consensus shall be reached, the two parties shall issue a joint press statement.”
Meanwhile, Nankhumwa said his focus remains on the court case they are contesting the DPP Central Committee’s decision to expel them from the party as earing of the case continues on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :