NDP, a new political party in town

By Chisomo Phiri

A new political party called National Development Party (NDP) has been formed in the country and is expected to be launched soon.

In a statement 247 Malawi News has in possession, the party’s interim secretary general Gerald Chilongo says it has already fulfilled the requirements of submitting it’s manifesto to National Planning Commission( NPC) as per the amended 2022 Political Party Act.

Reads the statement in part: “NDP began working with NPC on this process from last year and having satisfied all the requirements, the NPC issued a Certificate of Compliance on 18th December, 2023. Hence, we can now confirm that indeed there is a new political entity in the offing known as NDP.”

Chilongo has also refuted claims that former UTM publicity secretary Frank Mwenifumbo owns the party saying he is just one of the interim National Executive Committee members .

Secretary General Gerald Chilongo

“NDP as a political entity will be run or managed by Malawians and that it will not be taken and managed administratively like a family entity. NDP is for Malawians, “adds the statement.

Malawi has a multi-party system with over 40 registered political parties. The political process in Malawi is such that parties are voted into power. Parties participate in an electoral process.

The parties with the most representation in the National Assembly are the People’s Party (PP), Malawi Congress Party (MCP), United Democratic Front (UDF), and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).