‘Shithole’ politicians will not add value to DPP – Analysts

University of Malawi (Unima) political scientists have said that the three former  Cabinet ministers regarded a s nomadic politician who on Sunday joined the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will add no value to the governing party.

Fro left to right: Mpinganjira, Lipenga, Phoya and Gunya paraded as new DPP members

The three  are Ken Lipenga, Henry Phoya and  Brown James Mpinganjira, well known as  BJ.

Also joining DPP was former general secretary of the Church if Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Blantyre Synod Rev. Daniel Gunya .

Apart from Gunya, the trio of Mpinganjira, Lipenga and Phoya were politicians who have been moving from one party to another.  Phoya and Lipenga were also returning to the DPP, the party they ditched when Bingu wa Mutharika died  in 2012 while as Head of State. They all were once members of  United Democratic Front (UDF).

Mpinganjira, who is also an evangelist,  was one of the first members of UDF and served in Bakili Muluzi cabinet before he resigned and formed National Democratic Alliance (NDA) which he used its ticket to stand in 2004 presidential elections.

BJ, who came forth during the 2004 presidential election, used to be Muluzi’s trusted aide and a senior minister in the UDF government, and was at one time even tipped to take over from Muluzi at the end of the president’s two terms.

But relations between the two soured when Muluzi began contemplating constitutional amendments to extend his stay in power.

In 2009 he contested the presidency as running-mate of MCP presidential candidate John Tembo and later joined People’s Party (PP)  where he was vice president of the party in the south. He dumped  the PP after it lost elections in 2014.

Phoya once served as Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs during the PP regime under the leadership of immediate past President Joyce Banda before losing in the 2014 elections.

Lipenga served on numerous ministerial positions from the United Democratic Front (UDF) regime, People’s Party (PP) and the DPP before he moved to PP after the death of former President the late Bingu Wa Mutharika where his final position was Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development in the two years that PP ruled.

Rev Gunya has also been associated with UDF then NDA and PP.  He failed to make it in the Parliamentary race on a UDF ticket in 2009 where he vied for the position of Member of Parliament for Zomba Lisanjala Constituency.

Chancellor College-based political and social analyst Ernest Thindwa, said  Malawians should embrace new ideas not recycled politicians.

“They may add value but the value may ot be spectacular in the sense that they are looked as  recycled politicians… Perception may suggest that DPP is attracting heavyweights but these are recycled politicians whose value may be limited because they are recycled politicians,” Thindwa said.

Another political analyst based at Chancellor College, Mustapha Hussein, said advised DPP to devise practical strategies if it wants to woo more voters during the 2019 elections than  using recycled politicians.

“Except Rev Gunda, the other recycled politicians have outlived their political credibility,” he said.

Commentators argue that recycled politicians – without a hint of shame – have created a situation where the young generations and those aspiring to join active politics, begin to believe that politics is a privilege of the few like the nomadic politicians  or to say the least – ‘shithole’ politicians  who seem to starve  once they are left out of the fold of ruling parties.

Speaking at Lunzu Primary Ground in Blantyre at a political where the four were unveiled, President Peter Mutharika said DPP is a party for all Malawians and that those willing to join were free to do so.

Mutharika said as leader of the party he does not and he will never stop people from joining the party as the door is wide open.

“Campaign will start in 8 months’ time but we cannot wait until then to welcome people into the party. Our party is ready to welcome everyone who is willing to work with us,” he said.

Mpinganjira said joining the DPP party was not by accident but rather out of will.

He said the country has many political parties but their choice of joining DPP was solely due to sound leadership that the party had demonstrated.


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What value can Mia add to MCP? How about the shithole leader of opposition, is he adding any value to the party? I am happy that JZU has warned all Malawians that Chakwera is inexperienced and that Mia is too normadic.

mlomwe was Ku MJ

You missed it on JZU’ s speech


MIA brought an MP and thousands of former DPP cadets to MCP within a few days of his join the party. He has rejuvenated the MCP in the south to the extent that credible aspiring candidates are flocking to represent MCP in 2019. So Mia’s impact is undisputable with vivid evidence unlike these granny who to me look more of spent fuel than anything else.

The BJ you are talking about has brought to DPP the whole committee of PP. And it is not a committee of only 5 people. Yet the MCP says the man cannot change anything. MCP is full of dunderheads that’s why they cannot find the reason for their five times of failing in elections. Zoona chipani chachikulu ngati ichi kulephera kupeza zifukwa zomwe zikuchilepheretsa kupambana? Koma election iliyonse anthu akhala akuuzidwa kuti chaka chino tipita ku Sanjika. Mr Units chonde auzeni a Malawi chomwe munamulakwira Mulungu. Anzanu angokhala 2 years kunja pano ndi awo akusimba lokoma nanga inu zikukhala bwanji… Read more »

People should look at their motives for jumping from party to party: do we see evidence they are doing it because they really believe their latest party is the best to develop Malawi? If so, they must be blind. Their motives must lie elsewhere, not in bettering the lives of their constituents or Malawi as a whole. I’m suspicious.


You should be asking the same question when people defect to MCP. Instead you praise anybody who joins MCP without regard to the value they will add to the party. Hypocrisy at it’s best.


They want to contest in 2019, odiiiii ukooo

And we have the audacity to wonder why Malawi is not developing at all, after all this time we have spent after our so-called INDEPENDENCE from the colonial masters. What a shithole country we live in!! We all were so mad and infuriated with Trump calling our countries wat they exhibit themselves to really be, ‘shitholes’, yet we never get infuriated enough to change the circumstances of our poverty and everything enabling such behaviour. We all witness this kind of stuff where recycled politicians without any fiber of principles keep hoping from party to party and yet we cannot force… Read more »
W.H.O ?

Sh**hole bastards in indeed.

Probe The Two

Mpinganjira is the man who championed theft of public funds and nepotism with impunity. MCP need to put that man on their wanted list. He is the one who started all this nonsense in Malawi.

Lipenga – the cashgate minister. He must be probed as to why millions of dollars of public money was found in car boots and ceilings instead of its safes at the Reserve Bank while he was minister of public finances.

Joji Wina
Whats the aim behind shithole story? . The analyst of this story is one million times shithole and has demonstrated that he is an armature in analysis of politicians movements in as far as influence is concerned.What I see here is biased arguments against DPP each time this University of Malawi DPP Fightist (not scientist) makes a comment.There have been movements of politicians to and fro different parties and their importance/value to the new party depends on their popularity. I wonder how this analyst measured /rated the popularity of people like BJ and Ken Lipenga.. No matter how recycled these… Read more »

Kunyoza chifikwa alowa chipani cha anzanu, amalawi nsanje. Mia was in DPP, PP, UDF and now MCP kuli ziiii. But others who have gone through the same metamophisis koma ndiye ayi they will not add vaue. Mukuteta, Three votes plus mavoti achibale awo will matter in 2019. Know that politics is about numbers.


Paja akalowa MCP they are veterans and experienced politicians. Akalowa DPP then they are recycled and spent force politicians. Munya muona. Simunati.


Sound leadership? Corruption yiri thoo. kkkkkkk shaaa usawi


isn’t salim bagus a shithole politician who just recycled to mcp? and Mia?

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