I'm not clinging to the party-Mutharika

Peter Mutharika

Former President Peter Mutharika says he will live up to his word and will not leave the Democratic Progressive Party in its current state.

Mutharika was making his first public address since been booted out of government following the results of the Fresh Presidential Election results.

The former president says he made a promise during the funeral of his late brother and founding leader of the party Bingu wa Mutharika that he will not let the party disintegrate.

"Let's reorganise the party, its only few months since the election, what's the hurry," he wondered, referring to calls to go for an early convention.

He also insists the party is not in disarray.

"It will be irresponsible to go to a convention now," he said.

Mutharika argued that he has instituted a commission to make an assessment of the party and a report will be expected by October 31. Thereafter, he will reorganise the party whose structures he acknowledged need to be rebuilt.

Asked if he was clinging to his position, Mutharika said he was not, he was ready to leave the party but he will not do so in its current state.

Some senior members of the party have been agitating for a change in leadership saying Mutharika is old and he has failed the party.