PP to have three vice presidents, convention August 27

The ruling People’s Party (PP) has disclosed that it will elect three vice presidents from all regions during their forthcoming convention slated for August 27, 2012 at Comesa Hall in Blantyre.

Speaking to the Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Friday, the party’s Deputy Publicist, Ken Msonda said the move is aimed at ensuring that all regions are represented equally and in the process harmonizing the regions.

He said during the convention all positions will be up for grabs and that there will be no handpicking of office bearers considering that leaders are supposed to be elected and not handpicked.

Msonda: PP convention will be democratic

Msonda said the preparations for the convention were almost through and that over 2,000 delegates are expected to attend the indaba.

“The main organizing committee for the convention met two days ago to finalize preparations of the function. Some of the logistics are still being worked on. In the meantime, nobody has submitted nomination forms.

“Since PP believes in democracy, we are appealing to all aspirants to submit their nomination forms in any position when time comes,” said Msonda.

Asked to mention names of people who have shown interest to contest for the high seats, Msonda said PP Secretary General will announce the names in due course.

It is reported that people like Vice President Khumbo Kachali, Cassim Chilumpha, Brown Mpinganjira, Uladi Mussa, Clement Stambuli, Sidik Mia, Chris Chaima Banda and George Zulu have already shown interest to contest for the position of the president.

Msonda said the party expects that there will be no divisions after the convention saying losers will be expected to work with the winners.

“The scenario of divisions after party convention is very common if we can look at the history of politics in the country. I believe this will not happen in PP because the party believes that people should elect their leader and not just expect to be handpicked by party officials.

“The reason that PP believes in separation of administrative powers, gives power to its followers to make decisions to avoid the divisions we are talking about,” said Msonda adding that the regional elections of the party representatives which happened recently went on smoothly which symbolized how democratic the party is.

He said the party convention has been funded by senior party members and well wishers and that no tax payers’ money will be used during the convention.

 

Initially, the party convention was slated for 22nd August, but it was later shifted to 27 August, 2012 to allow Muslims observe and celebrate their month of Ramadhan.

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