Friday, August 12

APM was nobody at DPP’s inception -Nankhumwa

By Chancy Namadzunda:

The infighting in the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has taken an ugly turn with Southern Region Vice President Kondwani Nankhumwa saying President Peter Mutharika was a political nobody in the country when the party was being formed.

Nankhunwa was reacting to a statement in which Mutharika wrote against the use the party founder Bingu wa Mutharika’s picture by DPP officials.

This was after Nankhumwa, who is campaigning for the party presidency, produced a poster with the former president’s face on it.

“I must, with due respect without fear, remind (Peter) Mutharika and the general public that DPP was founded in 2004 by the late (Bingu) Mutharika on democratic principles, hence the name. By then, fellow Malawians, the current DPP leader was not known to the general populace. It is therefore, my sincere hope that the late Mutharika remains father and founder of the once mighty DPP and deserves respect and recognition as accorded in the much contested poster.

“AS such any call against the use of the founder’s face by party officials is misinformed and lands on hard rocks. Let it also be decoded that additionally, the late Mutharika was the country’s President, hence a national figure. Therefore, his face and name shall forever be used as either the former head of state or the founder of a political party, and not necessarily as a member of a particular family,” reads part of the statement signed by Nankhumwa, who is also Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly.



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