Kondwani Nankhumwa’s lackluster launch: A sinking ship before it sets sail

By Twink Jones Gadama

Kondwani Nankhumwa, the interim president of the newly formed People’s Development Party (PDP), faced a significant challenge as he launched his party at Masintha Ground in Lilongwe on Sunday June 9,2024.

Despite the opportunity to articulate a compelling vision for Malawi, Nankhumwa failed to differentiate PDP from existing political parties, ultimately leaving the crowd unimpressed.

Nankhumwa’s speech lacked substance and originality, as he simply regurgitated promises and plans that echoed those of his former party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).


His announcement that PDP would revamp ADMARC, a familiar refrain from Peter Mutharika, fell flat with the audience and failed to inspire any enthusiasm.

Furthermore, Nankhumwa’s attempts to discuss the National Economic Empowerment Fund (NEEF) lacked coherence and failed to garner support.

His promise that all positions within the party would be up for grabs at the upcoming convention in September rang hollow, particularly as he previously declared his intention to run for president regardless.

The lack of a concrete plan to address hunger and poverty in Malawi further undermined Nankhumwa’s credibility.

His failure to present innovative solutions or distinguish PDP from other parties highlighted his lack of vision and leadership.

Nankhumwa’s questionable tactics, such as ferrying people from Mulanje using vehicles bearing the name “Abiti Gambato,” raised suspicions about his motives and commitment to the party.

Members wearing PDP attire openly admitted that they were only interested in financial gain, casting further doubt on Nankhumwa’s ability to inspire loyalty and genuine support.

The absence of key supporters, including prominent figures like Grezelda Geoffrey, Nicholas Dausi, and Cecilia Chazama, raised questions about the party’s internal cohesion and overall viability.

The fact that three party trustees were missing from the launch also fueled speculation about the party’s readiness for the political arena.

In light of Nankhumwa’s controversial past, including his dismissal from the DPP for misconduct and his failure to return party vehicles, doubts remain about his integrity and commitment to ethical leadership.

The symbolic gesture of rebranding DPP vehicles with PDP symbols without permission further underscores Nankhumwa’s questionable ethics.

Overall, Nankhumwa’s lackluster launch and the lukewarm reception from the crowd suggest a rocky road ahead for PDP.

Without a clear and compelling vision for Malawi’s future, Nankhumwa’s political journey within the party is likely to face significant challenges and skepticism.

In addition to the lackluster reception at the launch event, Kondwani Nankhumwa’s leadership style and political track record also raise concerns about his ability to lead the People’s Development Party (PDP) effectively.

Nankhumwa’s past association with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and his subsequent dismissal for alleged misconduct call into question his integrity and trustworthiness as a political leader.

This history may make it difficult for him to gain the trust and support of the Malawian people, especially considering the country’s recent history of political corruption and mismanagement.

Moreover, Nankhumwa’s failure to outline a clear and comprehensive policy platform during the launch event suggests a lack of coherence and direction within the PDP.

Without a strong policy agenda that addresses the pressing issues facing Malawi, such as poverty, unemployment, and corruption, it is unlikely that the party will be able to attract broad-based support from the electorate.

Nankhumwa’s focus on vague promises and recycled ideas from his time with the DPP does little to inspire confidence in his ability to bring about meaningful change.

Furthermore, the absence of key party figures and supporters at the launch event raises questions about the level of internal cohesion and unity within the PDP.

The fact that prominent individuals like Grezelda Geoffrey, Nicholas Dausi, and Cecilia Chazama were missing from the event suggests that there may be divisions or disagreements within the party ranks that could hinder its ability to present a united front to the public.

These fellows have been behind Kondwani Nankhumwa all along and their abscondement was a sign of no confidence in Nankhumwa.

Without strong leadership and a unified party apparatus, the PDP may struggle to compete effectively in Malawi’s political landscape.

Additionally, Nankhumwa’s reliance on questionable tactics, such as using vehicles bearing the name “Abiti Gambato” to transport supporters to the launch event, undermines the party’s credibility and raises doubts about his commitment to ethical and transparent governance.

The perception that some members of the party are primarily motivated by financial gain rather than genuine political beliefs further erodes confidence in the PDP’s ability to serve the interests of the Malawian people.

Without a clear commitment to ethical conduct and accountability, the party risks alienating potential supporters and losing credibility in the eyes of the public.

In conclusion, Kondwani Nankhumwa’s lackluster launch of the People’s Development Party (PDP) highlights significant challenges facing the party as it seeks to establish itself in Malawi’s political landscape.

Without a coherent policy agenda, strong leadership, and a commitment to ethical governance, the PDP is unlikely to gain widespread support or make a meaningful impact on the country’s political future.

Nankhumwa’s past controversies, the absence of key supporters, and the use of questionable tactics all raise red flags about the party’s viability and potential for success.

As Malawians look towards the next election, it will be crucial for the PDP to address these shortcomings and present a compelling vision for the country’s future in order to gain the trust and support of the electorate.