LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Some things will never change. Former Malawi Presidentr and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) President Peter Mutharika has replaced Kondwani Nankhumwa with his friend and contemporary George Chaponda as Leader of Opposition in Parliament.
We can reveal that Mutharika made the surprise changes Monday evening when Nankhumwa was already named Leader of Opposition earlier in the day.
“Mutharika has opted for Chaponda to be Leader of Opposition in Parliament and this will be announced tomorrow (today, June 30, 2020) in Parliament. This has shocked everyone,” said our impeccable source close to the DPP hierarchy.
Chaponda is seen as Mutharika’s ‘best friend and contemporary’ and was booted out of the race to replace Mutharika a few years ago after he was implicated in the maize gate scandal only to be cleared by the courts later.
Nankhumwa replaced Chaponda as Leader of the House when Chaponda was fired from cabinet although Mutharika resisted his removal.
Many DPP supporters feel Nankhumwa is the politician who can sanitize the party following its ouster from government during the June 23 fresh presidential elections.
Other supporters are worried that Chaponda’s appointment as Leader of Opposition will further divide the party.
Mutharika lost to Dr Lazarus Chakera under Tonse banner in the just ended fresh presidential elections held on June 23, 2020.