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Democratic Progressive Party

Democratic Progressive Party

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is one of the major political parties in Malawi. The DPP is an offshoot of the United Democratic Front. The party was formed in February 2005 by late President Bingu wa Mutharika after a dispute with the United Democratic Front (UDF), which was led by his predecessor, Bakili Muluzi. After Muluzi’s two terms were over, Mutharika succeeded him as head of the party and was elected President of Malawi in 2004.

However, Muluzi remained involved in running the party as chairman; Mutharika then decided to form his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party. Many UDF members defected to the new DPP party. DPP and Mutharika won with majority during 2009 general elections, Bingu Mutharika’s second term. He then increasingly became controlling in the party.

He began to groom his younger brother, Peter Mutharika, who is current leader of the party and President of Malawi to be his successor prior to his death 2012, which did not go well with some of the members in the party, who eventually started their own faction.

President Mutharika led DPP back into the State House during the controversial Tripartite elections held in May of 2014 after a short, almost two (2) years recess, during which Peoples Party and former Vice President Joyce Banda took over government as President after the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika. DPP operates under the slogan Prosperity, Justice and Security.

DPP’s Vision
Our collective vision is our country transformed from being a predominantly importing and consuming country to a predominantly producing and exporting country; and a food self sufficient country where hunger is eliminated, and our agricultural primary commodities, other raw materials and minerals transformed, in the process creating jobs and new wealth for our people.

DPP’s Mission
Our mission is to facilitate the instilling of self confidence and sense of socio-economic independence of Malawians, by creating a conducive environment for hard work, creating more sustainable jobs, redistributing incomes and increasing the supply of quality goods and services for the domestic and international markets.

Abbreviation: DPP
Year Founded: 2005
Leader: Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika
Secretary General: Jean Kalilani
Headquarters: Lilongwe
Youth Wing: DPP Cadets
Ideology: Big GTent & Anti-corruption
Political Position: Centre
Colours: Sky blue
National Assembly 50/193
Parliament Representation: 26%
African Affiliation: N/A
Election Symbol: 4 cobs of maize