The former State President and President of Democratic Progressive Party, Professor Peter Mutharika has denied the allegations that he together with former First Lady, Gertrude Mutharika have endorsed Honourable Bright Msaka as a candidate to be torchbearer for the party during the 2025 Presidential Elections.
Mutharika through the statement dated August 11, 2022, signed by the Party’s Spokesperson, Shadrick Namalomba says he is shocked by the recent media reports that he has threw his support behind Bright Msaka or Honourable Dalitso Kabambe to lead the party.
Some moths ago, the media was also flooded with the reports that the former President had endorsed Dr Dalitso Kabambe to the Presidency of the party, reports which Mutharika labels false and baseless.
Part of the statement reads, “All these reports are not true. His Excellency, the President would like to advise all DPP followers and the general public that no one has been endorsed and or dumped by the President and the former first lady.”
The statement adds that Peter Mutharika believes in the Constitution of the party and he believes in democratic governance.
“The Constitution of the party provides for a free and fair election of leaders into various positions of the party at the convention held every five years. So to is the former first lady, ” adds the statement.
The convention to elect leaders of the party is expected to be held next year, 2023 and will be proceeded by an announcement by the Central Executive Committee of the party of the date of the convention and announcement of campaign for those dully eligible to stand for office.
Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Kondwani Nankhukwa, Vice President for the party in the Eastern Region, Bright Msaka and Honourable Dalitso Kabambe are the candidates that have shown interests in vying for the Party’s Presidency.