Allan Ntata Withdraws Plans To Contest At DPP Convention: I am Unavailable for Political Involvement In Foreseeable Future
Allan Ntata, a British trained Barrister at Law and former legal consellor to the late President Bingu wa Mutharika,has withdrawn his interest to contest for the position of Secretary General in the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
DPP plan to hold its convention next month, and Ntata was among the aspirant youths to try weigh their political muscle at the indaba.
“Yes, it is true, I am unfortunately unable to take up any party position because I am otherwise occupied particularly with the recent commencement of a study course which I believe is very crucial to my ultimate desire of contributing to the country’s political development.”
When asked about details of his studies and why he thinks it is important to forgo his aspirations of becoming the next Secretary General of DPP and pursue another course, Ntata said, “I will be graduating with a PhD in Politics and Law with Erasmus University at Rotterdam, by April, but I will also begin another doctorate degree, a D Phil in Economics and Political Leadership with the University of Bedfordshire where I am also lecturing. I am therefore unavailable for political involvement for the foreseeable future. The post of Secretary General for DPP is not less important to me, but am glad that once I am through with these studies, I will be even better equipped to make a useful contribution to the country’s politics and economic development.”
He however indicated that he will be back in 2014, with his two doctorate degrees, when DPP will be campainging to claim back the right to rule Malawi.
Ntata is among the ambitious and vocal youths in DPP who apart from working with the late president, he was one of the brains behind the 2009 DPP campaign which resulted into a landslide victory for the former ruling party.
He has recently authored a book “Trappings of Power: Political Leadership in Africa” which analyses Bingu wa Mutharika’s Presidency from 2004 to the time of his death in April 2012, and looking at events and projected future of Malawi after Bingu.