POLITICAL ANALYSTS have warned the ruling Democratic Progressive Party,DPP, that its infighting will see it losing 2019 elections.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Express, one of political analysts Wonderful MKhutche says the convention will be meaningless if the party will still be having camps.
“The infighting in DPP is giving an image of a party that is yet to form a united front for May 2019 General Elections. A convention has been announced in June, but it is unlikely that DPP will come out strong as it was before. There is a need for compromise between the two camps,” MKhutche explained.
He has noted that the recent meeting of President Peter Mutharika and Vice President Saulos Chilima factions has brought nothing positive since the camps are still fighting.
According to the analyst, even though the Chilima faction has managed to reach out to the public with their sentiments but they are yet to be fully known.
“Even though they have gained some attention and mileage, no structural victory has been seen on their part. If they want to claim party leadership they will need to go to the ground. Although they say they have, the impact is yet to be seen. But so far they have managed to solidify their position and that is an important step on their part,” he stressed.
MKhutche has advised Vice President that time is now that he has to speak his mind.
“The camp supporting says that they will soon reach out to him and see his response. They also said that he will make his position public soon. This is the time for him to make his position clear bearing in mind that the party’s convention is just around the corner,” MKhutche emphasised.
He added that the infighting has seriously bruised DPP and main opposition Malawi Congress Party,MCP, can have an upper hand to win 2019 elections.
” The opposition parties, especially MCP, the main opposition, is gaining political mileage. It held its convention and the party seems to be settling down. There is no sign that DPP will put itself in order soon. That will make MCP to have all the time organized on the ground, and probably, win power at the expense of DPP,” MKhutche stressed.