New political journey begins:Expelled DPP figure Kondwani Nankhumwa forms his own party

By Twink Jones Gadama

In a surprising turn of events, former expelled Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Presidential Advisor, Kondwani Nankhumwa, has taken a bold step forward by forming his own party called Democratic Party (DP).

The news of this venture has created ripples in the political landscape as it marks a significant shift in the power dynamics within the ruling party, the DPP.

Our sources have revealed that meetings have been actively taking place at Nankhumwa’s residence in Lutchenza, where key decisions have been made regarding the formation of the party.

Kondwani Nankhumwa

The newly established political entity has already begun formulating its identity.

Our insider, who was present at one of their meetings, disclosed that the party has chosen a maize cob as their emblematic symbol.

This choice underlines their commitment to representing the interests of the agricultural sector and rural communities, which remain the backbone of Malawi’s economy.

Prominent figures who were previously expelled from the DPP, such as Nicholas Dausi, Bottoman, and Grezelda Geoffrey, were reportedly attending these pivotal meetings.

Organizational support for the nascent party also extends to influential figures like Joyce Chitsulo, who although absent from the meetings, expresses her backing for the forthcoming party.

Surprisingly, our sources reveal the unexpected involvement of a senior Malawi Congress Party (MCP) official who serves as a minister in Chakwera’s government.

Although their specific role remains unclear, their presence indicates potential cross-party alliances or a shared ideological alignment between Nankhumwa’s Democratic Party and the MCP.

This connection could lend credibility and support to the newly formed party, making it a formidable contender in future political engagements.

Planning for the future, Nankhumwa and his associates have decided to register the party after compiling a substantial number of signatures across the nation.

This process is expected to be completed within the next two weeks, signaling their commitment to a swift launch.

Our sources also divulge that the MCP official contributing MK12 million to support the party’s operations further solidifies their dedication to establishing a strong political presence.

Political analysts have speculated on the implications of Nankhumwa’s decision to form his own party.

Legal experts argue that despite accusations of crossing the floor in parliament, Nankhumwa will maintain his position, given that his party did not win parliamentary seats.

This legal interpretation brings the status and influence of the Democratic Party into question, as it may face challenges in achieving political representation in parliament.

Kondwani Nankhumwa has long harbored aspirations for the highest political office in Malawi.

In the past, he made his intentions clear, refusing to accept the role of Chief Whip in parliament and instead proclaiming his desire to lead the opposition.

Recently, Nankhumwa cryptically announced his appearance on the electoral ballot but chose not to disclose whether he would run for president or as a running mate.

But he said his dreams of becoming a president still linger in his minds.

Our insider asserts that Nankhumwa is likely to choose the latter option, indicating a shrewd political strategy to gain influence within the political landscape.

Further rumors suggest that Nankhumwa’s animosity towards his former boss, Peter Mutharika, has fueled his determination to prevent Mutharika’s candidacy in the 2025 tripartite elections.

Allegedly, Nankhumwa plans to present an age limit bill in parliament, targeting Mutharika and endeavoring to restrict his eligibility for presidency.

Political commentators caution against Nankhumwa’s confrontational tactics, deeming them anachronistic and potentially harmful to his political career.

As Kondwani Nankhumwa forges ahead with his vision for a new political party, he faces numerous challenges and uncertainties.

While his bold move has shaken the political establishment and garnered support from former DPP members, the path to establishing a successful political party remains arduous.

Critics emphasize the importance of contemporary political strategies and a focus on pertinent issues affecting Malawians’ daily lives.

Only time will reveal the true impact of Kondwani Nankhumwa’s decisions and whether his Democratic Party can create a significant shift in Malawi’s political landscape.

As the nation looks towards the future, the emergence of alternative political entities signals an evolving political climate where new voices and fresh perspectives may play a pivotal role in shaping the nation’s destiny.