Chilima bemoans lack of swag among DPP supporters

Malawi vice president Saulos Chilima has made a strong appeal to supporters of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the country to be walking tall ‘swaging’ to show the world that they are now ruling the country, and not behave “as if you are still in opposition.”

The appeal during the party’s political rally at Masintha aground in Lilongwe on Sunday was in direct reference to the fear engulfed members of the party following earlier incidents at the ground when some alleged members of the opposition parties wanted to disrupt the rally.

Malawi VP Chilima  (r) with DPP vice president and Malawi High Commissioner to Britaion designate Hetherwick Ntaba at a rally on Sunday

Malawi VP Chilima (r) with DPP vice president and Malawi High Commissioner to Britaion designate Hetherwick Ntaba at a rally on Sunday

President Peter Mutharika also said during his speech that he regretted the incident that happened earlier in the morning.

Chilima said there is nothing for the DPP supporters to worry about because they are now in government.

“The DPP members who are here have worn sad faces.  I am failing to figure out why you are still sad people while you won the elections and you are now in government. When you are in government you are supposed those powers vested in you to assist people to get rich and to development the country.”

He added: “Tsopano bwanji mukumayenda nyomi, nyomi mwapanira michira uku ngati agalu [but why you are walking like dogs with their tails between their legs]. What would have happened if you had lost the polls?” Please let us walk with confident since we are now in governments,” he said.

However, political analysts say many the DPP members and officials deliberately keep low profile for fear of been ridiculed by many Malawians who accuse the party of rigging the May 20 polls.

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