MZUZU--A northern region DPP MP has revealed to MaraPost that embezzlement of campaign money by two senior DPP leaders, Henry Mussa and Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira, contributed to the loss of the party in the just gone Mzimba Central and Mzimba South West by-elections.
The MP said that Mussa and Ngwira, who is DPP regional governor in the north, have also accused each other of swindling party money meant for campaigns.
Speaking in a telephone interview with MaraPost some few hours ago, the MP who claims is still DPP until 2014 said that the embezzlement badly affected the campaign process prior to the by-elections that were held on Tuesday this week.
The lawmaker added that if nothing is going to be done as regards to the “smooth running of the party” then DPP is “bound for a tragic loss” in the 2014 general elections.
“The party is going through thick and thin now and if nothing is done we are doomed for a heart-breaking downfall. Very influential members [meaning Goodall Gondwe and Wakuda Kamanga] are walking out of the party. What can you make of that? The national committee must sit down and re-strategize before it’s too late,” the lawmaker said.
The MP said that a lot of money meant for campaign was misappropriated by the two and to blindfold DPP loyalists in the two constituencies, torches were bought “to ensure that there was no foul play in the counting of the ballot papers on Tuesday night.”
“But we knew what they were doing. We know that the torches were cheap and fake and had been bought from China shops. Actually, they were not even distributed in all the centres because it had already been too late when they were bought.”
Asked to comment on whether DPP is going to make it in 2014 the MP shot back:
“What do you think?” he said.
“We are slowly losing popularity because our leadership is still not very democratic. We are still afraid of a few people in the party and this is dangerous for intraparty politics and democracy.”
Asked which “few people” they are afraid of, the MP told this reporter that “it is none of your business.”
Both Mussa and Ngwira’s mobile lines were busy when MaraPost wanted to get their comments on the story.
Unfortunately, this revelation comes after Goodall Gondwe and Wakuda Kamanga, both who were DPP heavyweights have quit the party this week with the latter joining the ruling People’s Party.
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