Tension has erupted in the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Karonga following the suspension of the Party’s district director of youth, Wavisanga Silungwe, who is loved by many in the Party.
Silungwe, who is also the district chairperson for Karonga business community, is the crowd-puller and peacemaker in the northern border district of Malawi.
He was controversialy suspended by the Party’s Regional Governor Kenneth Sanga, recently over unknown grounds.
Many DPP members in the district believe that Silungwe’s suspension was out of jealousy. “Since Silungwe joined the Party, a lot of things changed and many people, including the youth joined the Party. This was seen as a threat to some of the Party’s leaders in the north because they feared that Silungwe would take over their position,” some analysts argued.
Maravi Post has established that Sanga directed the district Regional Governor, Wyson Mwakalenga through a phone conversation to suspend Silungwe.
However, since his suspension many DPP supporters dumped their Party to join AFORD. Beside that, some members demand that Silungwe must be called back to his position.
When contacted to comment on the matter, Sanga said “we can manage to stand as a Party without Silungwe.”
Silungwe denied to issue a comment when contacted.
Meanwhile, as some supporters are thinking of dumping the Party, others have threatened to write President Peter Mutharika to remove Sanga from his position. They said that his dictatorial habits will kill the DPP in Karonga and northern region.
The supporters argued that the Party needs strong people like Silungwe, especially at this time when AFORD has started re-growing its roots in the northern region.