DPP’s Mutharika faction bans Nankhumwa from holding political rallies in the Eastern Region


A faction backed by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Peter Mutharika has banned the party’s rebel deputy chairman Kondwani Nankhumwa from holding political rallies in the Eastern region.

DPP regional youth director Steven Bamusi announced the ban on Sunday when the party held a political rally in Balaka, attended by former first lady Ms Gertrude Mutharika and former security aide presidential, Norman Chisale.

Bamusi said Nakhumwa was banned from holding the rallies for allegedly insulting party leader Peter Mutharika.

Bamusi told the rally at the Balaka primary school grounds that the area will not welcome anyone who disrespects Mutharika.

”All the people we want to win at the convention are the ones gathered here. I would like to tell you that as a region we will not accept anyone who castigates Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika. I want to stress here that anyone who has spoken ill of Prof. Mutharika will not be welcome in the Eastern Region”. Bamusi said.

The guest of honor at the gathering was former First Lady Getrude Mutharika. Sunday’s rally was led by Eastern Region Vice President Bright Msaka, who was joined by presidential aspirant Dalitso Kabambe, Central Region Vice President Zelia Chakale, Regional Governor of Central Region Richard Kambalame, Southern Regional Governor Charles Mchacha, former Local Government Minister Ben Phiri and some MPs.

The Democratic Progressive Party has been rocked by leadership disputes that have fractured the party into factions, one led by Nankhumwa and the other by Mutharika.

As expected, Nankhumwa and his lieutenants like General Secretary Grezelder Jeffrey did not attend the rally.

The rally follows another by the central region committee loyal to Mutharika held earlier this month at Mgona ground in Lilongwe.

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