I will be on the ballot paper 2025-Nankhumwa

By Chisomo Phiri

Fired Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Vice President for Southern Region Kondwani Nankhumwa says he will be on the ballot paper during next year’s presidential race despite his expulsion from the party.

Yesterday,Nankhumwa told supporters that had waited for him after he attended a church service at Ndirande Makata CCAP congregation that he was fired for wanting to run during the presidential elections.


Said Nankhumwa:”They did not want me to run against them. But I can assure you that the dream and desire to run for Presidency next year is still on.”

He said he will expound his next political move this week as speculation grows that he will be moving a motion to block DPP Leader Peter Mutharika from contesting in 2025 elections based on age.

“We need to move forward to see how best we are going to take care of ourselves politically. I am not going to any other political party and this week I will inform the nation on the way forward because a lot of supporters are asking questions.”

But in separate interviews, political analysts Ernest Thindwa and Boniface Dulani observed that Nankhumwa’s chances to win the 2025 Presidential Election on an independent ticket are minimal.

Thindwa said the winner in next year’s presidential elections will either come from DPP or Malawi Congress Party (MCP) because the two parties have the largest following based on the regional and ethnic voting pattern in the country.

He said: “He [Nankhumwa] may win as an MP [member of Parliament] which again will be extremely challenging, but certainly he will not win as a president if he goes as an independent candidate or forms another party.

“Malawians vote for a party on the basis of where they come from and their ethnic identity. The parties with the largest following on the basis of region and ethnic identity are MCP and DPP. Beyond this, I don’t see any other candidate winning apart from a candidate who will stand for any of the two parties I have mentioned,” he said.

On his part, Dulani, who teaches political science at the University of Malawi, said history shows that it is difficult for an independent candidate to win in the presidential elections.

“Of course, he has not said he would want to be an independent candidate, it’s possible that he might have some tricks in the bag to wrestle the DPP away from the current leadership,” he said.

On January 20 this month, DPP Central Committee expelled from the party Nankhumwa, Zomba Chisi legislator Mark Botomani and former secretary general Grezelder Jeffrey. Others who were also fired from the party include former director of women Cecelia Chazama, former publicity secretary Nicholas Dausi, Joe Thomas Nyirongo, and Ken Msonda.

The 11 were accused of undermining Mutharika’s authority and disrespecting party leadership contrary to Article 6 of the DPP constitution for calling, leading and attending the December 6 2023 nullified national governing council meeting in Lilongwe.

Cracks in DPP came to light after Jeffrey in August 2020 said that Mutharika had done his part and that the party needed a new person to lead it into the future, calling for an early convention.