Shocker! Mutharika U-turns on Nankhumwa, opts for Chaponda as leader of opposition

Some things will never change. Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader and former president Peter Mutharika has replaced Kondwani Nankhumwa as leader of opposition in Parliament with Dr George Chaponda as Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

Mutharika wants Chaponda to lead DPP
Nankhumwa removed as leader of opposition

Nyasa Times can reveal that Mutharika made the surprise changes Monday evening when Nankhumwa was already named Leader of Opposition earlier in the day.

The victory of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in the Tuesday’s presidential elections meant that members from the MCP, formerly of Opposition, moved to the Government side. Consequently, members of the DPP have been pushed to the opposition benches.

It has also necessitated change in leadership positions, which the Speaker Catherine Gotani Hara confirmed when she entered into the chamber.

Among others, Hara announced that the newly appointed Minister of Homeland Security, Richard Chimwendo Banda will replace DPP’s Nankhumwa as Leader of the House.

“Following the communication the House has received from the Malawi Electoral Commission on the outcome of Tuesday’s election, the MCP will move to the Government side, which sits on the right hand side of the Speaker. Consequently, the DPP moves to the opposition benches.

“I have also received communication of the leadership of the following parties; Honourable Chimwendo Banda (as) Leader of the House; Honourable Kondwani Nankhumwa, Leader of DPP, who in this case will be the Leader of Opposition,” Hara said.

But Monday evening, Nyasa Times learnt from DPP that Mutharika has appointed another opposition leader.

“Mutharika has opted for Chaponda to be Leader of Opposition in Parliament and this will be announced Tuesday in Parliament. This has shocked everyone,” said our impeccable source close to the DPP hierarchy.

Chaponda is seen as Mutharika’s ‘best friend and contemporary’ and was booted out of the race to replace Mutharika a few years ago after he was implicated in the ‘maize-gate’ scandal only to be cleared by the courts later.

Nankhumwa replaced Chaponda as Leader of the House when Chaponda was fired from cabinet although Mutharika resisted his removal.

Many DPP supporters feel Nankhumwa is the politician who can sanitize the party following its ouster from government during the June 23 fresh presidential elections.

Other supporters are worried that Chaponda’s appointment as Leader of Opposition will further divide the party.

But DPP sources said Chaponda has been picked to “give MCP government hell in Parliament.”

Symon Vuwa Kaunda, who was Government Chief Whip in the DPP administration has since become the party’s Chief Whip.

The Speaker also announced that following the change in the country’s leadership, leadership in Constitutional Committees of the House will have to be changed, as the law dictates that they cannot be headed by Members from the Government side.

These committees include; Budget, Legal Affairs, Public Accounts, Public Appointments, Defence and Security and Government Assurance.

The House will resume on Tuesday when the newly appointed Minister of Finance, Felix Mlusu is expected to present a three-month provisional budget.

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Luka
Luka
2 months ago

Overseas, Chaponda still smells bad and is remembered as the Minister for Farts. His son, Dalitso, would be a much more effective Leader of the Opposition because he tries to be funny. It doesn’t just happen to him.

President Chisokonezo
President Chisokonezo
2 months ago

Thief

Nyekhwest
Nyekhwest
2 months ago

Thank you Nankhumwa for being our informant and working for the Tonse alliance

Ambele Kwacheni Banda
Ambele Kwacheni Banda
2 months ago

Nankhumwa is the right person to be leader and many people love him even those that are in govt now
amene aikidwawo muona division mu chipani

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
2 months ago

Nankhumwa should learn from Chaponda for maturity later it will be handed over to him.Osadanda nothing shocking here!!!Nankhumwa is not strong enough to defend his DPP kinsmen.This guy Chaponda will work tooth and nail.The good thing is that Peter Mutharika is not resigning from politics,Atupele as well ndimadolo achuma ,what is MCP then,they babies.

Wachiyao
2 months ago
Reply to  Mwinithako

So akulu akuluwa amenyedwa ndi baby? Ndiye ngati baby’yo wakhala akuwamenya koposa kanayi, chomulepheretsa nchani kupitiriza kumawamenyabe?

Dennis
2 months ago

Chaponda ndi kumtunda

Ndatota
2 months ago

Well done. The innocence of chaponda is unquestionable. The maize saga was a political propaganda by northerners, the way they have done with the regime change agenda via judiciary. Atumbuka alibe chilungamo.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
2 months ago
Reply to  Ndatota

NYEKHWE

Mtumbuka
Mtumbuka
2 months ago
Reply to  Ndatota

Cadet iwe, wulira ku opposition kwa zaka 30 mpaka wumwalira.Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda is still at SCA while CS, Lioyd Muhara has been booted out from OPC.Nyekwe Composer.

Kasim
Kasim
2 months ago
Reply to  Ndatota

Why you people are obsessive about tumbuka. It clearly shows that these guys are smarter than. Just accept that our brothers from the north think heavy!!

Kambwe Uyu
2 months ago
Reply to  Ndatota

Tawatumbuka mungatikwaniska ise yayi, we are the Malawi game change, mukhumbe muleke we will continue to advocate change where we see rubbish until Malawi walongosoke. For imwe mwa wakaphwisi, phwisaninge waka apa pa nyasa online.

Tuvitwana.
Tuvitwana.
2 months ago

Timva zambiri, DOG EAT DOG KU DI PHWI PHWI

Kaitano Kagalu
Kaitano Kagalu
2 months ago

Kikkkkk leader of opposition, what is he going to oppose in the leadership of Chakwera and Chilima? Everything is going to be right! No left Baba! Mark my words.

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
2 months ago
Reply to  Kaitano Kagalu

You don’t know what you are missing boy!!!Do you know Chilima very well,ask those who have worked with him close,the guy is greedy,Soon or later you will see him disbanding with MCP.Mark my words.MCP just wanted to use him.Right now he has started shacking the govt institutions,while MCP is just looking at him,later it will be him being shacken kkkk.Chilima will retreat it kkkk.Namachende wayamba kale kulowetsa achewa ake monona kkk.

Rodrick Phiri
Rodrick Phiri
2 months ago
Reply to  Mwinithako

Anthu ilephera ntchiti jutukwana. Nukuyesa tidakali pa campaugn eti? Wake up and move.

Wo wo wo
Wo wo wo
2 months ago

Is it official ? That DPP is finished? Or not yet?

Time will tell.

Time heals but time also tells.

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