DPP to hold convention in 2019

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says it will hold its elective convention in 2019.

Publicity Secretary for the DPP, Francis Kasaila made the sentiments following pressure from different sections of the society for a conference where party positions can be filled as one way of resolving some of the wrangles happening in the party.

Kasaila told YFM in a telephone interview on Thursday that the party cannot succumb to pressure to conduct the convention prematurely but it will only follow its constitution.

“I hope those pushing for the party’s convention know the constitution of DPP because the party conducts a convention once in every five years.”

Kasaila added: “We do not know if those pushing us to do the convention want us to forget about our constitution.”

He indicated that the last time the party conducted a convention was in 2014 hence the decision to conduct the convention next year.

Members of the DPP are currently divided on the issue of who should be the party’s torch bearer in the forth coming tripartite elections.

This follows sentiments by the former first lady Callista Mutharika that the vice president Saulos Chilima should lead the party in the 2019 polls as the incumbent President Peter Mutharika is not fit to rule Malawi beyond 2019.

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