Political development prompts DPP to reschedule convention
Malawi’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are planning to reschedule it’s much awaited convention which was set for June this year amidst political developments within the party.
DPP secretary general Grezeldar Jeffrey said the exact date for the convention will be announced by the chairperson of the convention in due course.
But party insiders says since State Vice-President Saulos Chilima announced that he will not come to the convention to challenge President a Peter Mutharika as the party’s torch bearer in next year’s elections, the party has decided to take its time in preparing the convention.
DPP vice-president for the South George Chaponda declared that President Mutharika will go unopposed at the party’s convention and represent the party in the 2019 Tripartite Elections.
Chaponda said their “democratic system” allows Mutharika to automatically go for a second term; hence, no need to subject him to voting.
“There are plans to shift the convention to future dates,” said an official in the administrative office of the party.
DPP last held its convection on April 17, 2013 with Peter Mutharika coming out as the party’s torch bearer for the 2014 elections after beating his only contender Henry Chimunthu Banda.
However, according to article 8, point 4 of the DPP convention, the party is expected to hold a National Political Conference (Convention) after every two years or an extra ordinary one in between at the request of the National Governing Council (NGC).
There have been concerns from some quarters in the party over the delay by the executive to call for the convention with some accusing the party’s executive members of operating illegally as their two-year term had expired.
Last year, results of an Afrobarometer Survey revealed that if elections were to be held then Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president and leader of the opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera would win the elections.
During the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections, Mutharika got 36 percent of the presidential vote to oust then incumbent Joyce Banda.
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I bet my last dollar that DPP will hold neither the National Political Convention nor the National Governing Council. The party will justify the status quo. Those benefitting from such decision are too powerful to be challenged by the rest of mediocre DPP members especially bearing in mind most, if not all senior members, are all zombies with no functional brain of their own.
Running mate George Chaponda Chimanga kkkkkkk! Dpp woyeeee! Acheya woye! Inenso woye! Mukunya muona simunati
This was expected. That is why Peter is said to be a stoogie of some people. Indecisiveness.
Fear of the unknown or is it the fear of Chilima & more break-ups? Muziona munayerekedwa kwambiri alomwe ndi chipani chanuchi
May I kindly ask those who associate Lhomwes with DPP party to stop this thinking . I bet you can not win any election without support from Lhomwes, Stop this nosence, Yes I am Lhomwe but not DPP. .
DPP should take its time, after all, the big confusionists have left the party. It should be natural that an incumbent completing his first-term in office should be given another chance to serve a second-term unopposed. This happens in mature democracies – Obama in the USA was not subjected to a vote to contest his second term in office. The only caveat being, if she or he does not want to serve a second term or his first term has been a calamity and the party needs to replace him. None apply to Mutharika.
It happens when people are satisfied with the president. There are presidents in the so called mature democracy who only served one term.
The nkholokolos are out so there is no need to rush the convention.
Ayamba kunjenjemera makape awa. Mutu sukugwira. runningmate akusowa. kkkkkkkkkkkk musova aphwanga, engineer wachoka. Mwatsala madeya okhaokha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Osati Chilima ndiye atasowe runningmate – apparently he wants to pair with Mathews Mtumbuka. Ha! Ha! Ha! ma shareholders have no kind words for Mtumbuka.
Chilima pairing with Mathews Mtumbuka will not work . He needs a political heavy weight . Not Mathews no no no ho mistake if it is indeed true