The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was formed in February 2005 by the then Malawian President His Excellency Professor Bingu wa Mutharika after a dispute over policy difference with the United Democratic Front, a party under which he was elected state president.
The party has since grown to be one of the strongest in Malawi. The DPP was established to restore the confidence of the people of Malawi in their government. The people wanted a government they could trust, a government that could deliver.
They wanted the government that would ensure that the people of Malawi believe in themselves and take full control of their destiny as they freely participate in the development processes of their country, Malawi.
In the eight years (May 2004 – April 2012), the DPP delivered on its promises. Under the party’s leadership, Malawi effectively emerged from food begging to food sufficient nation;
Malawi has better hospitals, better schools and better roads. Malawi successfully implemented policy reforms in public and private sectors. Malawi became one of the best managed economies not only in sub-Saharan Africa, but also emerged as the second fastest growing economy in the world to Qatar in 2009.
The poverty levels in both rural and urban people improved significantly as the DPP designed policies that saw the benefits of economic growth trickle down to the population.
The quick transformation steadily won the DPP hearts and trust of majority Malawians. The confidence that people had lost in their government was restored. The party emerged as the most supported party in Malawi across all regions and tribes.
The regional electoral voting patterns that characterised Malawi before DPP came into power became a thing of the past as the party won across the country.
In the 2009 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, the DPP won both the presidential and parliamentary elections with landslide victory.
In the presidential race, the party’s torch bearer late Prof. Bingu Wa Mutharika won by 69% of the total votes nationally. In the parliamentary race, the party won an overwhelming 146 seats out of the 193 seats.