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By Rodger Williams

Jappie Mhango did not see it happen but actually it really happened that senior DPP guys did not welcome him as the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) vice for northern region at Chatonda Lodge in Mzuzu on Saturday as several high ranking party officials from the region shunned the function.

it looked as if senior party member are happy with his appointment as vice president for the north

Coming from a background where the party has been embroidered in infighting mainly arising from Mutharika’s candidature.

It was supposed to be a huge welcoming function but it was never to be. The occasion was mostly underwhelming.

Some of notable faces that stayed away from the meeting include Ephraim, Vuwa Kaunda, Ackim Mwanza, Charles Mhango, Mganda Chiume, Joyce Chikukula, Nick Masebo and others.

The unavailability of these people is also being interpreted by some quarters as a vote of no confidence for Peter Mutharika’s quest to be the party’s torch bearer in 2025 Presidential elections.

Mhango, who until recently was the DPP Treasure General is one of Mutharika’s blue-eyed boys and the “aimanso” campaigners and his appointment was seen as a last ditch attempt to secure Mutharika’s northern region votes.

Mutharika appointed Mhango the northern region’s vice president following the death of Goodall Gondwe who until his death in September was the vice president for the region.

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