Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Vice President for the South, Kondwani Nankhumwa who is also Leader of Opposition in the Malawi Parliament says he is unmoved by machinations of other people who accuse him of wrongdoing in the party.
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Kondwani Nankhumwa was summoned to appear before a disciplinary hearing on Friday but the meeting was called off after he protested that the panel was composed of aspirants to the position of Leader of Opposition and DPP presidency.
According to a charge sheet for Kondwani Nankhumwa which is circulating on social media, a letter signed by the DPP party’s disciplinary committee chairperson, Charles Mhango, his accusations include misleading the party’s President, Former state President Peter Mutharika, plotting a revolt and imposing himself as Leader of Opposition and failure to authenticate his academic qualifications among others.
Nankhumwa lawyer Gilbert Khonyongwa raised concerns about the composition of the panel.
“I can confirm to you that indeed the meeting has been called off because some of the panelists were interested parties and We resolved to let the panel go back to the drawing board and report later,” said Khonyongwa.
Interestingly the disciplinary panel included George Chaponda, Bright Msaka, Samuel Tembenu and Charles Mhango.
The panelists left the venue Golden Peacock Hotel without granting interviews to the press as Nankhumwa supporters sang in solidarity with their embattled leader……”Akumva kuwawa eee akumva kupweteka mukamalimbana naye Nankhumwa muzimva kupweteka.”
It is also alleged that youthful Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators in Parliament are in solidarity with Kondwani Nankhumwa and any decision to dislodge him from the party will mostly cause the party to split into two factions.
So far Kondwani Nankhumwa has shown a political skill that might enhance his political fortunes as the battle to replace Mutharika continues.