Speaker of the National Assembly Henry Chimunthu Banda who is canvassing support to challenge Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) poll bearer in 2014 polls is set to head Nthanda Congress Party (NCP) if he tumbles at the party’s indaba slated for April.
Chimunthu Banda who has been bankrolling the party for the past five months has also roped in six DPP parliamentarians from the Central Region namely Lilongwe City South East Parliamentarian Agnes Penemulungu, Kasungu West Otria Moyo Jere, Kasungu South-East’s Grayson Bokosi, Ntchisi North Helbert Bimphi, Dedza East Hyacinta Chikaonda and Nkhota-kota North East Daniel Liwimbi. Apart from those Central Region parliamentarians, he has also roped in Mwanza West Paul Chibingu to spread his gospel in the Southern Region.
According to our reliable sources, Chimunthu has received K30million from President Joyce Banda to create confusion and divide the blue party during the April Indaba.
“Among others, the K30million is aimed at buying DPP MPs and selling his candidature in print, online and broadcast media. Five journalists have already received K200,000 each to market him and tarnish Peter’s image indirectly. He would be using those MPs in his media propaganda.
“Joyce Banda has also promised Chimunthu K48million if he beats Peter Mutharika at the DPP convention on top of being promised the running-mate position in 2014.
“The president is aware that the fall of Peter Mutharika at the convention will mean the end of DPP as well, so she is using all tricks to kill the party so that her PP might have a weak opponent in 2014. These two Bandas have been meeting at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on several occasions,” he said.
Asked to comment on the development, Chimunthu refused to comment described this reporter as an ‘agent of other DPP’s frustrated members’.
Chimunthu who is also DPP NEC member recently accused his own party of favoring Peter Mutharika as presidential candidate before convention approval.
Since the death of president Bingu wa Mutharika, Chimunthu has not been seen at all DPP private and public meetings, a move which has seen many DPP members questioning his allegiance to the party.
Since April, he mentioned the name DPP once during the launch of sports trophy at Dwasulu Community Ground in his Nkhota-kota North Constituency. Chimunthu who put on a DPP batch, started his speech with DPP Slogan; DPP Woyeeee
Chimunthu creatively did that to dismiss the ongoing speculation that he would be joining the ruling Peoples Party (PP) but he refused to comment on his political position in parliament after Lilongwe Nsinja MCP MP Peter Chalera asked him whether he is a member of DPP or not.
And in an exclusive interview with ZBS over the weekend, Mutharika declared that he is not moved with Chimunthu’s recent moves saying he is even ready to support the Nkhota-kota North MP if he comes out victorious in April’s indaba.