The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has ruled out the possibility of forming an electoral alliance with any party in the forthcoming elections and said they are not contemplating on a fall back plans on their presidential candidate as advised by some quarters.
There has been fevered talk that DPP presidential hopeful Peter Mutharika risks losing his candidature due to the controversies surrounding his status as a United States of America Green Card holder.
DPP’s Campaign Director Symon Vuwa Kaunda and spokesperson Nicholas Dausi have parried away fears that Mutharika may be barred from contesting the presidential race.
Speaking at the rally held at Lusapo school ground in northern border district of Karonga, Kaunda said disqualifying Mutharika its n issues which is neither here nor there.
Vuwa said claims that Mutharika will be barred on the basis of a US Green Card holder is “mere scaremongering” by the ruling People’s Party and its “band of sympathisers”.
“In our laws there is no provision to the effect that a green card holder automatically owes allegiance to the US,” noted Vuwa.
On his part, Dausi said DPP was not considering a substitute presidential candidate, saying they will field Mutharika and will contest
“Our president is a Member of Parliament which means he is the country’s citizen, so no matter what, he is going to stand during the forthcoming elections and I assure you that he will also win,” Dausi said.
“Be prepared to vote for Peter Mutharika of DPP and later have a new President of Malawi this May in the name of His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika,” said Dausi.
“It’s Mutharika who will resuscitate the country spur it to economic growth other than the cashgate mess of PP,” said Dausi.
Commenting on prospects of forming an electoral alliance, Vuwa Kaunda said on its own, the DPP has enough support to win the elections under the leadership of Mutharika.
“DPP has the capacity to win the elections as it is a party with overwhelming support from all corners of the country. Memories are still fresh on what the party did in developing this country both economically, infrastructure and food security.
“We all know that the answer to all the problems that the current leadership has brought are in DPP,” said Kaunda.
Kaunda said no any other party has approached them for a possible alliance during the election.
“We are also not expecting some to approach us because on our own we will make it. DPP is the party that brought trust among the common people to their leaders and with that in mind, they will look nowhere other than to us,” he said.
Dausi also added that Mutharika is geared to mount a vigorous campaign and “match cashgate PP shoulder to shoulder when it comes to material and resources.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :