Nankhumwa defiant, holds rally in DPP regalia

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Nankhumwa insists he is the legitimate Leader of the Opposition, duly elected as per parliamentary Standing Orders, sections 35 and 36, but the party leaders are refusing to accept it.

NSANJE MalawiTalk) – Embattled Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice president for the south Mr Kondwani Nankhumwa on Saturday held a well attended rally in Nsanje north, a show of defiance to an order given to him by some party officials to stop holding rallies and using party materials.

Nankhumwa waa in Nsanje north campaigning for Miss Esther Mcheka Chilenje, a senior DPP official whose seat was declared null and void by the High Court due to glaring shortfalls during the 2019 parliamentary elections.

Nankhumwa, accompanied by some ‘rebels’ of the party, including former party secretary general Ms Grezeider Jeffrey, looked and sounded defiant, undaunted and inmoved by the calls for him to stop holding rallies and using party materials.

On Friday, the party vice president for the centre, Ms Zeria Chakale and party regional governors told Nankhumwa to stop holding any campaign rallies.

Speaking at a press briefing in Mangochi, Chikale, said  Nankhumwa has not apologised to the regional leadership hence is not allowed to conduct any activity for the party.

Chikale, who was franked by all regional governors, all regional directors of women and regional directors of youth, said Nankhumwa has shown that he is not willing to follow the constitution of the party, hence he must not be near any party structure.

However, Nankhumwa  refused to comment on the latest development, saying the matter is in court.

Nankhumwa – Campaiging for DPP

Two weeks ago, the regional governors gave Nankhumwa 14 days to apologise for allegedly organising thugs to beat party spokesperson Brown Mpinganjira at a press briefing in Lilongwe.

But Nankhumwa denies being behind the thugs.

DPP vice-president (North), Dr Goodall Gondwe, has since  said they are concerned that the main opposition party is so divided and not able to provide checks and balances as the case would have been if they were united, further pushing the blame on Nankhumwa and others for taking the party leaders to court.

Gondwe said this was not the time for anyone to start posturing for presidential candidacy as the convention is slated to take place in 2023.

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