Mutharika holds DPP mass rally in Blantyre: Njamba test

After invading the northern, central, eastern and some parts of the southern region, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is set to put into test its popularity in Blantyre city in a major political rally slated for Sunday at Njamba Freedom Park.

The former ruling party will hold the rally in commercial city of Blantyre for the first time in three years after winning the 2009 General Elections.

Headlining the rally is the party’s interim president, Professor Peter Mutharika, who has been addressing all other rallies the party held across the country.

Speaking in an interview with Nyasa Times, DPP Treasurer General, Dr. George Chaponda said the gathering is just similar to the other political rallies the party has had in the past five months in all regions.

DPP’s president Peter Mutharika takes his message to Njamba

“The rally is on November 11, which is Sunday. Our leader, Professor Peter Mutharika is the one leading the delegation. Its time Blantyre experience the magic of DPP just like in other regions,” Chaponda said.

Chaponda, who is also leader of DPP in Parliament, said the party has outlined several issues to be articulated during the rally and urged people to come out in large numbers.

“I can’t talk much, but all I can say is that people should come in their large numbers and listen to what our leader has to say. There are a lot of important issues as the party we will highlight during the rally, and nobody should dare to miss it,” Chaponda said.

DPP has once held rallies in Mzuzu, Lilongwe, Balaka and Thyolo, attracting an astonishingly mammoth of turnout, which raised eyebrows on the future of the party that was deemed dead following the demise of its founder and leader, late President Bingu wa Mutharika.

In an earlier interview with the local press, Professor Peter Mutharika complained about the reluctance by the country’s Police to provide security during DPP rallies.

Mutharika said despite requesting for security, the law enforcers have been refusing to provide some, arguing the development put thousands lives of people at risk during such rallies.

“It’s our sincere hope that the Police and government will take into consideration and providing us with some security during our rallies. As citizens of this country and tax payers, we feel we are entitled to security just like any other person or political party,” said Mutharika.

The Njamba rally is set to be a litmus test for the DPP, which boost of having majority of Members of Parliament in the august House, on its popularity in the commercial city of Blantyre and surrounding areas.

And it is yet to be seen if the party will use its open land-rover convoy, which the law enforcers has put into stop on the argument that it is only the country’s President who has right to use such convoy.

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