Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate, Peter Mutharika, has maintained his stand that Malawi is “indeed a failed state.
Mutharika was speaking in Mzuzu city when DPP launched its campaign and manifesto in the northern region attracting huge crowds.
Mutharika then labelled the Joyce Banda led People’s Party government as a dysfunctional state saying government departments had no money except the State House.
He said Malawi is on the verge of collapse economically and needs rescue.
“Malawi is a failed state. People have no disposable income and prices basic goods are sky rocketing every day. It is only the DPP that can clean and rectify the mess because it has experience in running government,” he said.
But during the DPP reign Malawi which was rocked by popular disaffection in 2011 which included deepening authoritarianism and arbitrary power reflected in the passage of draconian laws against civil liberties, was ranked 36th in the latest ranking of most failed States.
Malawi was overwhelmed by protests and riots against former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika’s regime, which left several people dead and many others injured.
Mutharika’s regime always dismissed any suggestions by the ranking that Malawi was a failed State.
In his addresses to the supporters in Mzuzu, the DPP torch bearer then called for a civilised and violent free campaign.
“I know they removed my poster here in Mzuzu and they have tried every trick in the book to try and bar me from standing and they have failed. They fear the DPP and me. They should know that I am ready to run this country,” Mutharika said.
He also said his government will introduce deliberate programmes of improving youth and women development in the country.
Taking his turn, Chilima in fluent local dialect Tumbuka, said the DPP government would subsidise cement and iron sheets so that people should be able to build own houses.
“People in the north are a very proud people. They do not want handouts or kolaposono. They work hard so that they are able to buy things for themselves,” said Chilima.
Chilima said the DPP government will restore national security in the country.
He also said apart from restoring national security, the DPP government will take Malawians back to the glory days of adequate food security.
““There are many programmes that we will give Malawians. Bafumepo batilekele ise Boma. Ise ndise tikumanya kayendeselo ka Boma nakupanga vitukuovyake,” he said.
DPP will launch its manifesto in the Southern Region with a massive rally at Njamba Freedom Park on Easter Monday.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :