Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE—Former local government minister George Chaponda, who is also the treasurer for opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), has said he will not challenge the party’s interim president Peter Mutharika at the party’s forthcoming national convention slated for April this year.
Chaponda, who expressed contentment with his current post, also said reports that the party’s top brass is imposing Mutharika on delegates are aimed at tarnishing the integrity and image of the party.
“I am the party’s treasurer and I am very comfortable with that. I don’t harbor any presidential ambitions. The central executive committee elected Professor Peter Mutharika as our president, then why should I challenge him?" Chaponda said.
The Mulanje South West parliamentarian further said Malawi's former president, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, was a visionary leader who rolled out and initiated various development activities across the country without segregation.
Chaponda said DPP as a party, which is in opposition now, has learnt many lessons, which he said, will largely help the party as it is trying to find its way back in government.
He also praised Pres Joyce Banda’s administration for not discarding economic reforms and development projects that were left by the former president.
“We are happy that the current president is implementing economic reforms and some development projects left by late Mutharika. Yes, she took over the government when things were not okay, but there were a number back up economic reforms that is why we were against the devaluation of the Kwacha,” he said.
Chaponda said the party is ready to field Peter Arthur Mutharika as 2014 presidential candidate, but any legible supporter of the party is free to challenge him.
Mutharika who went to US and Europe in December last year reportedly to fundraise for his 2014 campaign returns Sunday and the party is mobilizing supporters to welcome him.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013