Peter Mutharika accused of ‘Mulhakolism’ in DPP

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika has been accused by some party members favouring members who are his Lomwe tribesmen at the expense of dedicated members.

The members have made the accusations in a letter addressed to Mutharika, copied to party secretary general Jean Kalirani.

But DPP spokesman Nicholas Dausi has trashed the member’s claims, saying they were not correct.

Boston Chiwaula and Eneless Mwalimba signed the letter which says: “Of late, we have seen new-comers in our party being given all sorts of responsibilities and this indeed has affected our morale, a case in point is the way the issue of running mate was handled.”

Mutharika: Accused of tribalism by some DPP members
Mutharika: Accused of tribalism by some DPP members

Mutharika picked former Airtel Malawi managing director Saulos Chilima as his running mate. Chilima, who has no position in the hierarchy, however comes from Ntcheu in the central region and is an Ngoni not a Lomwe.

But the DPP members said in the letter that the selection of Chilima was not consultative.

“Party veterans and long-time members were never consulted or even included in the list to be considered for the position of running mate,” reads the letter.

The letter further claims that Mutharika has created an inner circle involving his tribesmen which is managing the party at all levels.

“For example, the office of the treasurer general has become very redundant since all payments are being made by your personal assistant Mr Ben Phiri and your outgoing secretary Mr Chimwemwe Chipungu,” reads the letter.

Dausi however said the accusations were baseless, saying DPP members are “happy” and that Mutharika is “the most consulting people”.

The DPP spokesman said the claims were the works of “cheap propaganda” against Mutharika, one of the four front runners in the May 20 presidential elections.

Other three front runners include President Joyce Banda of Peoples Party, Atupele Muluzi of United Democratic Front (UDF) and Dr Lazarous Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP). And there are pother seven presidential pretenders.

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