Mutharika says Malawi opposition fear losing in 2019, cites Economist poll

President Peter Mutharika has scoffed the idea of the opposition to form an electoral coalition in 2019 elections and field one-presidential candidate, saying the plan is borne out of fear of losing.

Mutharika says opposition's singel-candidate idea is a sign of fear

Mutharika says opposition’s singel-candidate idea is a sign of fear

“I know the opposition is afraid of DPP [Democratic Progressive Party], no wonder they are planning to field one presidential candidate in the 2019,” said Mutharika on Thursday  in Thyolo, his home and political bedrock.

The President was launching constructon works of the Thyolo- Thekerani- Muona Road.

Mutharika accused the opposition of sabotage, saying they want tu frustrate  his government’s development projects including the Malata and Cement subsidy programme.

He challenged the opposition that “they will not succeed.”

President Mutharika said opposition were panicking because of one of the world’s most renowned research and analysis institutions, Economist Intelligence Unit, has forecast victory for DPP in 2019.

In its 2nd quarter forecast report on Malawi, the EIU gives Mutharika credible chances at the polls for how stable his leadership has been even in the face of no donor support for the national budget.

President Mutharika -the report says – stands shoulder above the rest having managed to present a strong campaign message at the 2014 polls which facilitated Democratic Progressive Party’s comeback after two years in the sojourn as an opposition party.

It is the incumbency among the many factors that will maintain his momentum along the electoral landscape past 2019, the report notes.

Among Mutharika’s main focus areas of his leadership are Community Technical Colleges, Decent and Affrodable Housing for the poor, Public Sector Reforms, Greenbelt Initiave, massive Foreign Direct Investment and a strong anti-corruption drive.

The report further cements Malawi Congress Party (MCP) position as the main opposition bloc in the country while denying them any chance of upstaging President Mutharika any time soon.

MCP has been Malawi’s main opposition party for 22 years now.

The report also completely discards any chances for former leader Joyce Banda to make any comeback to the political fray soon owing to her damaged image due to Cashgate.

Both MCP and PP have thrown doubts over the report saying it does not reflect the reality on the ground.

EIU is a subsidiary of The Economist Group which also owns probably the world’s leading magazine, The Economist.

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13 thoughts on “Mutharika says Malawi opposition fear losing in 2019, cites Economist poll”

  1. PATROIT says:

    CHIMPEN JAMES,think before you write offal.I knew Winston Msowoya as a youthful and gallant Chipembere’s supporter in Zomba during the famous cabinet crisis of Sept 9,1964,he is not a puppet of anybody,but his own.Perhaps,the word puppet is beyond your comprehension.I wonder whether Bingu and Mathanyula returned home to contribute to the society,which society is that,Lomwe? James,let be informed that Winston is an accomplished Freelance Journalist trained in the former Soviet Union,present day Russia.Both Muthalikas were in diaspora,but were there to learn about mafiaism and corruption which are now having diabolical effects to citizenry.For your information also,Winston was the only active youth to be condemned openly by despotic Hastings Banda along Kanyama Chiume in 70s as dangerous rebels and besides that Winston has written a prolific book on Malawi which has earned him international acclaim under the title,MALAWI: THE LEGACY OF TYRANNY AND SHAME. So,what you are talking James, does not hold water,check your source of information.Your both Muthalikas have despicable credentials internationally,Bingu stole $75.000 in Zimbabwe when he was working with regional Organisation (COMESA) which cost him his prestigious job while his brother Mathanyula was expelled from the Washington State University (USA) for his poor performance as a Law Professor.James,don’t fool yourself,Malawians are not fools like you,DPP will never win the next elections or else it uses devious means as it did in the last elections.VIVE WINSTON VIVE!!!

  2. Iwe Winston Msowoya!!!!! to label you a fool is a great respect indeed but you are a STUPID PUPPET. If you fear Lhomwes, now know that Lhomwes are and have been very educated tribe, since 1890s . If you have a contrary view come home and hold a K100 bill in your hand whereby you will see that the first guy to wake up was a Lhomwe. Rev John Chilembwe. So all Lhomwes upon completing their overseas education they immediately return home to contribute to the society. Only did the Lhomwe stay behind as Kamuzu was hunting and killing them fearing they would oppose him as Rev Chilembwe did, then the Two Mutharikas chose to be in diaspora, unlike you that has nothing to contribute but rather wipe white peoples bums at the old peoples homes where you earn a living in diaspora….DPP will win with 97% I bet you.

  3. Zechariah says:

    Foolish analysis plus arrogant talk when your performance don’t measure the failed policies. The economy is in very bad shape MCP still a very strong opponent for DPP not be underestimated. The demographics can work well for opposition if unity occurs in the coalition making the current regime ran for their monies. Truth to be told DPP has failed Malawians at all levels nothing to show prior to cosmetics reforms. Opposition must work on sound ideologies that are patriotic not haif baked solutions contrasting the current leadership.

  4. marvin says:

    DPP will rule for the next 50 yrs. MCP will win with the kids that will be born after 25 years from now as it has no chance in this country. Everyone still remembers the CROCODILES, NYAKULA, MAKHADI, ROAD ACCIDENTS, THAMBANI STAGED ACCIDENT (Gadama and the other 3 that were brutally killed)

  5. Winston Msowoya says:

    Muthalika is desperate,he knows if the opposition elements unite and form a united front,DPP will,without doubts,loose badly because people are disgruntled in myriad of ways.First and for most,they don’t have food to eat,corruption is up on the roof,crime is vicious,unemployment devastatingly at the highest level so what would make Malawians to vote for a rotten Party which caters only for a few chosen Engels? Having gargantuan funds stollen from government coffers,the opposition are obliged to run a united and committed election campaigns when that time comes.In fact,the opposition has many advantages over the DPP in that Muthalika personally,has politically and economically offended millions of people except the sleeping rat eaters Lomwes.My warning,another DPP term,Malawians will find themselves in hyenas’jaws.Mutalika is in Malawi as his late brother was,to amass wealth and divide Malawians in order to rule them.WAKEUP CITIZENS,YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE,BUT YOUR MISERIES!!!

  6. Mwaonatu says:

    Someone thinks one candidate in the name of Laza can unseat the incumbent. What a farce! I can;t imagine how people think one can win the presidency after collecting less than 100 votes from Nsanje to Ntcheu.

  7. VYOTO says:

    DPP IS EQUALLY AFRAID ABOUT LOSING THE 2019 ELECTIONS GOING BY THE POLITICAL MARRIAGE OF INCONVENIENCE WITH UDF AND THE DPP PLOT BEHIND THE SCENES TO DISCONTINUE THE BAKILI MULUZI MK1.7 BILLION CORRUPTION CASE.THE SAID ECONOMIST- POLL WAS VERY CLEAR THAT DPP CAN ONLY WIN IF THE ECONOMY IS IMPROVED.THE ECONOMIC FORECASTS POINTS TO THE GLOOMY ECONOMIC SITUATION IN 2016/17 FINANCIAL YEAR. COST OF LIVING IN GENERAL AND THE HUNGER SITUATION HAS WORSENED SINCE DPP TOOK OVER POWER. THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION HAS BEEN LEFT ONLY IN THE HANDS OF KAMLEPO KALUA,DONORS CONTINUE TO SIT ON THE WALL AS A RESULT.SENIOR GOVERNMENT POSITIONS AND EMBASSY JOBS ARE FOR LOMWES OR DPP SYMPATHIZERS.

    PETER MUTHALIKA HAS ALREADY PROVED BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT THAT HE HAS LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES DESPITE BEING A PROFESSOR, CHANCELLOR COLLEGE REMAIN CLOSED BECAUSE PETER IS YET TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THE UNIVERSITY HIGH FEES PROBLEM..

    THE BIG QUESTION IS WHO WILL VOTE FOR PETER MUTHALIKA WHO WILL BE 80 YEARS OLD IN 2019″ NGATI WAYAMBA KALE KUGWA PANO 2016″.

  8. MAPAZI says:

    Vuto la a opposition ndi loti alibe mfundo. Amangotsutsa zili zonse komanso samapereka maganizo othandiza. Zitha kukhala zowona kuti sangawine. Zizakhala ngati za 2009 pomwe a MCP ndi UDF anakunthidwa ndi Bingu. Nanga zimene amapanga a china Kamlepo even O Chakwera ndi zothandiza ku mtundu wa a Malawi?

  9. captain says:

    pamtumbo pako Pitala utazavote ndi iweyo kapena ife? Tatopa nawe and am in a special project to witch you. you are a big thief like your brother Bingu…….Machende ako

  10. Kenkkk says:

    Preparing to rig elections again. Even if you dpp mafias end up winning in 2019, still this Peter is showing his total ignorance about polls. How can he be serious about a poll which is taken two years before the elections? Only a vote rigging person can be confident about the poll.

    It is you Peter who is afraid of the opposition fielding one candidate to take you because you know over 60% of the country didn’t vote for you and you will lose in 2019 if faced by one opposition candidate. But don’t be afraid because the opposition is so divided. Furthermore are you saying udf will also join the opposition rather than dpp?

  11. You may exalt yourself mr president today but tomorrows plans are known by God almity, your brother started exalting himself like the way you’ve started only to be called by the owner of this life. Learn a lesson from the death of Maxon Mbendera who wept because of you. Did he confided unto you why he wept in announcing those electro results? The world is round and i dont think anyone sane can go for DPP now because it is an evils bedrock.

  12. OMEX70 says:

    What do you mean when you say President Mutharika’s main focus are….”strong ant-corruption drive”. What do you mean when you say this? Whosoever believes that the president of the Republic of Malawi has taken a strong ant-corruption drive is either mentally disturbed or he is mayopic to say the least. Someone is shielding his corrupt wailers and you say he has strong ant-corruption drive. What nonsense is this you Zawadi Chilunga and your EIU?

  13. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Please, for the reality remove the ” ant corruption drive” clause . That does not exist and Mr. Goodall Gondwe already confirmed this with BBC few days ago.

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