On Monday, 2nd November 2020 DPP President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika together with the Central Executive Committee met Democratic Progressive Party district governors from the Southern Region as part of strengthening grassroots structures of the Party.
Mutharika briefed the governors on the party’s latest decisions made by the Central Executive Committee and also introduced the new office bearers appointed by the Party. The new office bearers are Honourable Samuel Tembenu, Honourable Mwanamvekha, Honourable Nick Masebo and Honourable Kasaila who have assumed the positions of Secretary General, Vice President South, Treasurer General and Leader of Opposition in Parliament, respectively.
Mutharika will meet all District Governors from all regions as he has done with the South. He will meet each region’s Governors separately to receive reports and appraise them of the new developments.
In the meeting, District Governors submitted reports on the rebuilding exercise of the Party. The Governors condemned what they called Honourable Kondwani Nankhumwa rebellious approach and his intentions of selling the Party to MCP. They also revealed that Nankhumwa has been giving them K150,000 each to buy their loyalty. The governors pledged their loyalty to the party and welcomed the party’s decision to rebuild before holding an elective conference.
The party leadership has assured the governors that the party is committed to supporting them so that they resuscitate all party structures at regional and district level.
The President has instructed the governors to pass his message of good will to all party structures from districts to area committees and further inform them of the changes effected in the party hierarchy.
He encouraged the Governors to render their support and work with the newly appointed leaders.
The President has also assured the Governors that the party is geared to enter an exciting phase after the sanctioned functional review is completed. The functional review will align the party’s objectives, goals, and directorates to deliver in present challenging political environment in the country.
Mutharika also hinted that he is committed to support the party structure from North to South, so it bounces back in government in 2025. He also warned the Governors from double dealing saying he will not condone indiscipline and conceited ambitions aimed at derailing the party’s rebuilding exercise.
On their part, District Governors have pledged their unwavering support to the new leadership and commitment to the DPP agenda. They have also committed to safeguard the party from selfish and power-hungry leaders who are pushing personal agendas and self-interests to the point of conceiving the idea of selling the party to the highest bidder.
The district governors have also warned members who claim that there are popular on social media to wait for the convention as it is the Governors who daily look after the grassroots and mobilize people that patronize rallies. “It is painful that it is us in the village who organize these rallies, these people must realise that it is the party that has a huge following not them.
This party is bigger than them,” echoed one of the old veteran governors. The governors have also distanced themselves from Mr Motifala, the district governor who is said to be lobbying district and constituency governors to revolt against party leadership and to start supporting the fired members who are now working with the ruling Malawi Congress