Friday, 24 March 2017
 

Cracks are emerging in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) over the firing of George Chaponda from the cabinet a month ago.

President Peter Mutharika is challenging the public that his government will take a different approach in the fight against corruption come the year 2017.

A political commentator is describing the move by some politicians to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as a deliberate ploy to weaken the opposition.

President Mutharika took to state television on the night of 21 November in a desperate attempt to simmer down mounting public criticism against the performance of his administration.

Malawi’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is being cautioned to avoid using public funds in its resource mobilization drive.

The word of caution is coming from a Zomba based Political Commentator.

It follows last Friday’s fundraising dinner and dance held by the party at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.

This is not the first time the party has held such events.

Critics are pointing out that the fundraiser was ill timed, considering the country’s socio-economic challenges.

They also express fear that the party might, in the process, end up abusing tax payers’ money.

Commenting on the issue, a Political science lecturer at the Chancellor College Boniface Dulani says the party needs to tread carefully.

“To the extent that the DPP is finding these innovative solutions to fundraise, that is commendable.”          

“Of course the timing is awful because we are going through economic difficulties and the hunger situation.”

On fears of taxpayers being abused through such events, Dulani says “whether they hold dinner and dance or not, there will still be abuse of public funds.”

“There will be no difference at all even if they don’t hold these functions”

The DPP’s First Vice President for the South George Chaponda however claims apart from mobilizing resources, such events mean a lot to the party, as they also demonstrate unity within the party.

“People have been saying there are divisions in the party, but you saw we were all one united. People from all the regions participated”

 

The DPP is yet to announce how much was realised from the dinner and dance.

In the face of the gentleman’s agreement between the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the United Democratic Front (UDF), officials have confirmed that the two are hoping to foster a long term alliance.

Merit should be the main focus when appointing people to public positions regardless of their tribal lines or home of origin.

The government says it will also investigate people whose accounts were used by some people to deposit tax payers’ money stolen from capital hill.

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