Mutharika to accept defeat, DPP says no violence plot

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Peter Mutharika on Saturday wrapped up campaigning  at his home base Thyolo in an election that analysts say is too close to call, saying he was ready to accept the outcome of the polls if they are going to be free, fair and credible .

Mutharika play down assertions that he will not accept defeat, saying that is total mischief.

Mutharika accompanied by his daughters warpping up the campaign in Thyolo

Mutharika accompanied by his daughters warpping up the campaign in Thyolo

“Make sure we have the highest turnout in Thyolo and I know we will win, but if we don’t, I will accept defeat for the sake of our peace,” told the cheering crowd.

Dancing, grinning and wearing a blue clothes with his brother late president Bingu wa Mutharika o image splashed across it, Mutharika played up DPP’s management of the economy and spending on infrastructure.

“We will win because only the DPP can deliver security, stability and prosperity for all Malawians,” said the 74-year-old presidential hopeful.

Meanwhile, DPP director of elections Kondwani Nankhumwa on Saturday issued a statement rebutting claims by Forum for National Development that the party was plotting to incite post-election violence should it lose the elections.

Nankhumwa called the FND claims as “baseless fear mongering”, accusing the group of being organised and sponsored by ruling People’s Party.

Malawi Electoral Commission requires the parties to wrap up all campaigning by 6am Sunday, giving voters two days of political quiet before casting their ballots.

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