LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – High Court judge Kenyatta Nyirenda has set April 28 as the date he would start hearing a contempt of court case which the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice president for the south Mr Kondwani Nankhumwa and other party ‘rebels’ who are pursuing against some party officials.
Nankhumwa, party secretary general Ms Grezelder Jeffrey, treasurer general Mr Jappie Mhango are challenging the party for their failure to reinstate them in their positions despite a court ruling on the matter.
In October last year, Nankhumwa and the other three obtained an injunction restraining their expulsion from the party.
This comes as the party is sharply divided ahead of a party convention dates remain under wraps.
In recent by-elections, DPP lost three seats—Nsanje Central and Nsanje North previously held by Mr Francis Kasaila and Ms Esther Mcheka Chilenje, respectively. Kasaila is a former senior Cabinet minister in the former ruling party while Mcheka Chilenje is a former deputy Speaker.
DPP lost both seats to its archrival Malawi Congress Party (MCP). The party also failed to reclaim the Karonga North West seat and lost all the other seats—Lilongwe Msinja South, Ntchisi North, Zomba Changalume and Chikwawa East.
DPP’s only consolations in the polls are two wards it won in Chitakale in Mulanje and Liviridzi in Balaka.
On the other hand, MCP shared the victories with UTM Party (Karonga North West) and United Democratic Front (UDF) in Chikwawa East.
Commentators say what will salvage the party now is to seek the views of the people about the earliest convenient date the party can hold an elective convention and put the right people in office to steer the ship out of the muddled waters it is now in.