Interim Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika has advised aspirants of various positions that they should not leave the party when they lose at the convention.
Mutharika said in every contest there are winners and losers and as such they should all stick with the party to help in the preparation for 2014 tripartite elections.
“Don’t leave the party. Let’s work together. If you lose don’t think of leaving the party,” said Mutharika before declaring the convention opened.
Mutharika, who has been at the helm since the death of his brother and founding father of the party, Bingu wa Mutharika, said the convention will shape the future of the party and its destiny as well as that of the nation in next five years.
The party lost founding father, Mutharika, on 5th April 2012.
“I and my colleagues are determined to take DPP back into government. But we need to be united,” he said.
The convention is the party’s first ever meeting to elect representatives of the party formed in 2005 by the late Mutharika after ditching the UDF. The party used to appoint its representatives into various positions.
Mutharika described the convention—being held at Comesa Hall in Blantyre—as a rite of passage, a passage of growth; an occasion of consolidating the spirit of the party.
Chairman of the convention main organising committee Nicholas Dausi said the party will not produce camps in anyway and hoped that they will come out united than ever before.