The country’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party-DPP has called for calm, unity and oneness among its supporters ahead of the party’s convention whose date remains uncertain.
The party's suspended Secretary General Grezeldar Jeffrey announced in a statement that the venue and dates will be announced after logistical steps and consultations with the party's top leadership have been concluded.
So far, the former ruling party has been experiencing power struggle since it got out of power in fresh presidential elections held in June last year.
The party’s incumbent president Peter Mutharika is also being asked to pave way for a fresh leader, a development that has divided the party prompting some members to ask the party’s National Governing Council to call for an early convention.
Currently, DPP’s spokesperson, Brown Mpinganjira, say the party’s convention awaits a report by the committee tasked to work on the party’s reforms and restructuring which will be presented to the central committee, and then to the National Governing Council-NGC this January.
“On the issue of the convention, the party is still waiting for a report from party’s committee tasked to work on the reforms and restructuring process. Thereafter, a report will be presented to the central committee before the party’s NGC deliberate on it and chooses the date for the convention,” said Mpinganjira, adding that, it is only the party’s NGC which is mandated to call for a convention.
The development also comes barely a few days after the party welcomed former Malawi’s Reserve Bank Governor Dalitso Kabambe who is reportedly vying for the DPP’s top post of the presidency during convention.
But, Mpinganjira urged all candidates interested to contest at the convention not to divide by the party creating parallel camps, because it will be hard for the party to bring unity again.
Meanwhile, a grouping within the DPP calling itself, “DPP Defenders” through its Coordinator, Fredrick Billy Malata, says that, it will ensure there’s a leveled fair ground for all the candidates who will be vying for various posts during the party’s convention.
Malaya further added that, “At the moment our role is to ensure that the party continues to get stronger by enhancing unity within the party, as such will ensure that the ground is leveled for the contesting candidates to ensure that the party has free and fair convention.”