Malawi’s DPP appoints Peter Mutharika as party president

Peter Mutharika

Lilongwe – The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has appointed fallen president Bingu wa Mutharika’s young brother Peter, to take over party leadership and steer the troubled party to the 2014 presidential and parliamentally elections. A statement by the party secretary general Wakuda Kamanga says the decision was made when the elder Mutharika took ill on Thursday. Wakuda says as the 2014 presidential candidate the young Mutharika, who is the country’s foreign affairs minister, was supposed to be head of the party despite the party having its two deputies in Energy Minister Goodall Gondwe and Lands Minister Yunus Mussa who were first and second vice president’s respectively. Meanwhile Mussa, also a member of parliament and over 50 other parliamentarians have announced their intention to work with Head of State Joyce Banda’s People’s Party (PP).

The DPP came to power in 2005 and has gone out in 2012 without holding any party convention to elect office bearers. President Bingu wa Mutharika was the sole appointer of people to party positions. Political commentators have since warned the PP to be careful with the defectors saying they could break her party. However, analysts say the growing number of parliamentarians will help the new government in formulating and pushing for important national policy changes When president Bingu wa Mutharika ditched the United Democratic Front (UDF) the party that sponsored him into power to form the DPP, scores of parliamentarians too flocked to the new party

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