DPP’s gathering political storm

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Malawi Congress Party (MCP) may be grappling with an exploding political bomb now, but Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is nurturing its own cataclysmic political bomb. Look, it’s now become abundantly clear that MCP vice president Richard Msowoya has fallen below the pecking order in the choice for MCP’s veep, let alone, running mate to President Lazarus Chakwera for the 2019 polls.

Sidik Mia

Mia

All Msowoya and his team are doing now is what any frustrated politician would do after an already lost battle to retain his veep’s position within the party. It’s now a question of Msowoya reconciling with the brutal political reality that his ambitions to become the country’s Vice President are hitting a cul-de-sac. How far Msowoya’s frustration will damage MCP chances in 2019 remains to be seen.

Now, while political analysists are busy reading into MCP brewing wrangles, the Weekend Nation today has given us an impression of an even bigger political storm awaiting the DPP. In the story, “UDF quagmire over 2019 poll”, there are smoldering frustrations among the UDF members over the party’s indecision to feature a presidential candidate in 2019.

According to the party’s spokesperson, UDF will not settle for the running-mate position. And Lucius Banda, Balaka North legislator, added, “If Atupele comes out of the DPP relationship, I will support him, but if he is not clear, I will be forced to contest against him in order to save the party from dying.”

This is bad news to DPP. Here is how.

In an attempt to add numbers to its fold and fend off stiff competition from MCP, DPP is seriously banking on swallowing UDF and rest of its eastern region base. They even extended a hand to PP but Joyce Banda has snubbed them. But would UDF campaign itself hoarse for DPP’s Peter Mutharika in return for a mere ministerial position for its leader, Atupele Muluzi? A position without any security?  The point is, Atupele hopes and thinks he has what it takes to be running-mate to Peter Mutharika in 2019.

Saulos Chilima, Peter Mutharika

Chilima & Mutharika

But while Mia is on course, Atupele has some political mountain within his party and DPP to overcome. Will Lucius Banda, Ken Ndanga and the rest of UDF membership give Atupele a go-ahead to partner Peter Mutharika in 2019 polls? The other question could be, will the DPP gurus, accept Atupele to become running mate? Now, the most difficult question, will Peter Mutharika settle for Atupele at the expense of Saulos Chilima? This is the dilemma awaiting Peter Mutharika and DPP.

Sticking with Chilima will obvisouly leave Atupele frustrated. Atupele will consequently be forced to stand as presidential candidate on the UDF ticket and deny Peter Mutharika the much-needed votes in the eastern region.  And that will deal DPP chances of re-election in 2019 a shattering blow. Imagine DPP without lower shire and eastern region vote versus Chakwera who will likely command a lead in the central and northern regions.

But leaving out Chilima will also have its own consequences. The Vice President could embark on a political move that could all but torpedo DPP’s chances.  After all, there is nothing wrong Chilima has done to deserve a snub from Peter Mutharika is 2019.

So, yes, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) may be grappling with an exploding political bomb now, but Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is nurturing its own cataclysmic political bomb.

*Fletcher Simwaka is a political commentator

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  1. A Danger Mbewe, ngati simudziwa chilichonse cha ndale, ingosiyani kukambapo za ndale. Tikakamba za J.Z.U Tembo sanasiyepo chipani cha MCP. Koma nthawi yake yoyima pa mpando malingana ndi malamulo inatha. Ngakhale pano, Tembo ndi member wa MCP. Pezani china chochita, zikuoneka kuti ndale simbali yanu boss.

  2. Tili mu ulamuliro wa pharaoh mulungu akuona,let’s come 2019 chakwela akulowa boma!!!!!!ufiti onseu tauona ndi DPP,poti omusatilanu mumatambila limozi mfiti zilibe chisoni ndi munthu

  3. Who in his right mind can vote for DPP again. A party of thieves, witches and wizards. Malawi have suffered a lot under DPP than any other party in her history.

  4. Zoona Aise. Mfundo yoti oipa onse omwe amaononga MCP ali ku DPP yandigwira mtima.
    Anthu amene amasokoneza Dr Kamuzu Banda akusokonezanso Prof. Muthalika.
    Dausi, Mtaba, Mpinganjira and et al

  5. MCP bambo sizocheza ndipo panopa chili ndi mphamvu kusiyana ndi 2014 ija.Tsono ngati chinavuta chili ndi molalo ya ku sento kokha nanga popeza ulendo ndi zigawo zonse mcp yafika. Zinazi tidzinena chilungamo mcp panopo yaterera ndipo 2019 kudzafa mmwenye.Ngakhale zipani zinazi zikudziwaso kuti ulendo uno okha mcp ikunyamula. Mufune kaya simukufuna koma mphepo yankuntho ikubwera chaka chamawa. Bwana Chakwera ndi a Mia ndi akatundu omanga ndi mawaya. Ku sentoko ndiye musawerengere musapoteso mwapitako muzingotaya nthawi yanu mcp idatenga kale panopa mcp ikupanga zakumwera kuno.

  6. Ngt John Tembo Anakwanitsa Kusiya Cipan Cha Mcp Kudziwa Kt Sicingawine Or Zitamvuta Cotan Cz Cidapha Mizimu Ya Wa2 Osalakwa. Aciwanga Agadama Amatenje Asangala Nanga Opanda Mbri?

    • Iwe Benard Kaya Ukt Pachuluka Mu2 Wak Sugwra John Tembo Uwafuse Agogo Ak Agogo Awoo Kt Kd John Tembo Anayamba Lit Kt Akhare Pulezident?Akuuza Kt Kalekale Palibe Mu2 Yemwe Angamkonde Kuphatikiza Family Yakwanuk.DDP Bomaaa!!!Kkkkk

    • nanga sidik mia? he was in udf.busy that time sharing Malawi companies. do you how much he bought a profit making company called Cold storage ? crook.he dumped udf and joined dpp.why? he dumped dpp joined pp and now he is a saint because he is in mcp.blind follower of mcp

    • #Chitimbe, has Sudik Mia ever been a member of MCP BEFORE?
      Onse alowa Ku DPP ko were DPP members before, that’s why the label “used condoms”.

  7. Dpp cant lose a national election in Malawi. mcp olo itatani.majority of Malawians hate this mcp.we said no to this party with kamuzu.moti munthu wanzeru zake bwino bwino kumati kwacha kwacha.that kwacha! !! reminds us of all atrocities mcp committed on innocent Malawians.mcp berongs to a museum

    • you cant compare by election and a national election.moti simunawone kuti most areas kunali ma by election anali ma areas mcp and there was no enthusiasm .Malawi is full of wise people who cant vote for this cruel party. musadzivute mwene congress singawine ayi.Lunzu wayiona.nde south imeneyo

    • nanga kwanu mukati malawians ndi nyau.tikunena anthu oganiza bwino bwino osati nyau.dpp is everywhere even in hot mcp areas. can you find mcp in mangochi machinga mulanje thyolo phalombe chiradzulo.this is real.mcp is a dead party which cant win a national election.

    • All cruel pipo who were in MCP both they joined dpp don’t you know this? Who is having blood in his hands in MCP right now?? Tell me.dausi killed njaunju and he is in dpp.mtaba and masankhwi killed Robert chàsowa and all are in dpp so what is your say here?

    • iiiiiiiiiii cruelty is an ideology.zolinga za chipani osati anthu.mcp ndi nyumba ya nkhanza.whoever joins it is part of it.who goes out dont want the ideology.mcp ndi ndeu ndi mkangano.now its the crook Mia and msowoya

  8. Ine ngakhale nditazelezeka, sindingavotere nkhalamba ya zaka 81 to be my state president, regardless any political affiliation. Unless anthu achichepere ataletsedwa kuyimila nawo pa udindo umenewu

  9. Ma truck a mulli anatuta anthu from phalombe,,mulanje,thyolo ndiye muziti munali anthu ambiri!!! Ife tinabwelera dansi ya mablacks kudzangocheza as they sung tizingocheza basi!!!!!

  10. ANTHU AKAMAKUWA MKUMATI MBAVAKUNO!!! ENA AMATHAMANGILAKO SIKUTI KUMAKHALA KUIKONDA AYI KOMAKUKASIMIKIZA KUTI IYINDIMBAVADI) ANTHU KULUZU AMAKASIMIKIZADI KUTI CHAPONA KENILIPENGA MBAVAZIMENEZI ZIDAKALIDI MU DPP NDIYE TAWONAKUTI GALU ALINDI MBIYAKE

  11. kumeneko ndiye sanatsompholedwe? kkkkk kma malawi zoona mtsogoleri olamula dziko mpaka kutsompholedwammmm pitala mngwatulodi

  12. I predicted that with or without electoral reforms, DPP will fall. By now, every Malawian knows that DPP leaders like to use other influential politicians from other camps to increase votes but based on regionalism. After winning elections, DPP leaders have a habit of isolating those they used in elections. 2019 is a different year in the sense that Peter Mutharika will have it tough to use UDF or PP and win. Going it alone by both UDF and PP means MCP will be unstoppable especially when the north has now detached itself from PP and is inclining to the oldest party. This coupled with the unstoppability of Mia in the Lower Shire and some moslem circles means MCP is a fully-fledged national party with convincing support. Therefore, the rejection of electoral reforms by the DPP leadership might be a blessing in disguise for MCP-It is not too radical to say DPP dug its own grave.

  13. Big storm anthu mumayidziwa koma? Vuto mukutolera zigawenga, mbava , azigogo ndiye ulamuliro wake udzakhala wa stone age tu. A Uladi akaphatikana ndi mbava zinzawo, a Mpinganjira a zigogo anzawo. Onsewa or u Mp sawuwona mark my words

  14. Storm ya ma failires, musapusitsike ndi gulu vote ili mu mtima. Kodi mesa munkati Uladi Mussa ndiwakuba ndiye mbava imacheza ndi mbava zinzake kaya a Malawi Dpp sadzayitenganso serious mwachuluka zigawenga mbava komanso azigogo nchifukwa dziko lakukanikani. Muyikepo wina pa u president ndiye mupezadi mavote osati zosadziwika ziri panozi

  15. All these are useless parties they no party will win out of these two MCP failed party if you think in North they is MCP you are liying baba Northerners today are in problems because of MCP, MCP chased all northern teachers From Centro region and and child from North were not selected to a boding school and we don’t forget that no MCP in North no DPP in North only new party will get all votes from North which is DEPECO Chris’s Daza 2019 Boma!!!!!

  16. Inu Mufuse Makolo Azibambo Anu Kt Mcp Bwanj Muona Pompo Ayamba Kulir Cifkwa Nkhaza Zomwe Adakumananaz Azikumbukir Akugona Ngalande Kuthawa Misokho.Ndy Mukukamba Za Mcp Zopusa Bac.DDP Boma 2019 Ufuneusafune

    • Ask Mr kamlepo fisi ndi fisi olo asinthe tchire or phiri,onse anayipitsa MCP Ali ku DPP example dausi he was a notorious myp leader,Henry mussa myp, mtaba physician wa kamuzu ngati kamuzu amalakwitsa he was behind the bad advice, mpinganjira wa youth league, ndiye tatchulani wa MCP yapanoyi amene anali nawo nthawi imeneyo!The truth is that the bad MCP now is in DPP!!!! U can see the conduct of the cadets!!

    • Sikt Ndmaloto Km Wekha Uthakuona Kt Ngt A2 Kuchipan Cha Mcp Akuukirana Okhaokha Ndy Kt Znthu Sizilibwn Ka.Akt Chakwer Cipan Cija Akucitenga Ngt Church Chake Tangoganza Okhaokha Mmmm Kkkkkkk Zilikumalawikunono!!

    • Mmmm Km Ukanadziwa Kt Ler Alengeza Kt A2 Onse A Mcp Abwr Ku DDP Kupa2r Iwey Nd Chakwer.Kkkkkk Mpngo Wa Mcp Nkhaza A2 Athawathawa Mutan Ndy??

  17. Mcp ikulowa m’boma 2019 ngati dpp ikudalila kubela ifeso takozeka zobela zomwezo tikumana konko mudzaonekela poyela ine kwathu i will make sure dpp isadzapeze mavoti even 20 wina aliyese adzavotela mcp

  18. God is not human, he is deleberately delaying the bomb to xplode. The time they least expect is when the bomb will xplode and scatter the party. This mutharikaz party will vanish like udf and never come back to the political space again.

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