Minister of Home Affairs and Malawi’s governing Peoples Party (PP) executive member Uladi Mussa made the most of his freedom to speak when he publicly attacked at will the country’s top opposition political party leaders.
Mussa condemned the senior leaders during a political rally he addressed at Mponda Primary School ground in Zomba district last week.
While many spectators rebuked the PP senior member for his foul-mouthed speech, scores left the venue with fatigued jaws due to endless laughter courtesy of the Salima born politician.
Uladi began his address with humble remarks of assurance to the gathering that President Joyce Banda was doing everything possible to take Malawi to greater heights.
But all of a sudden he changed goal posts and started hitting opposition parties’ presidential aspirants for 2014 tripartite elections below the belt.
“Don’t be cheated by some of these presidential hopefuls… some of them are very old while others are just youngsters to run a country,” mocked Mussa.
Attack on Atupele
He described Atupele Muluzi, the United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate as just being showy and ambitious to run for the country’s presidency.
“The boy is just too young, we need mature people with a vast experience to run the affairs of a government,” he said.
Mussa, one of the country’s political nomads who has served in almost all major local parties, said Malawians should not waste time on Atupele thinking he could rule Malawi one day.
“By the time he will be presenting his papers to the Malawi Electoral Commission, he will still be less than 35 years of age…The country’s constitution stipulates that a presidential candidate must be or above 35 years at the time of presenting his papers,” he said.
The Republican Constitution prescribes 35 years and above as the required age to become President of the Republic.
Nyasa Times recently exposed that a secret PP meeting at Kampala’s Lodge in Mangochi discussed a plot to block Atupele from running for presidency next year with lawmaker Yusuf Matumula proposing that they should challenge Atupele that he cannot run for presidency on pretext that he would not have attained the 35-years constitutional requirement when the country goes to polls around May next year.
But Atupele turns 35 in August this year. He was born 6th August 1978 at Kamuzu Central Hospital, his father Bakili Muluzi who ruled Malawi from 1994 to 2004 also confirmed.
Atupele has stood for parliamentary elections twice for Machinga North East and has had the same details of birth date on records.
Mussa sent the gathering into laughter when he teased Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) acting leader, Peter Mutharika, for being single.
“I don’t think people of this country can vote for that bachelor, may be he will be forced to marry in order to lure your vote,” mocked Mussa amidst laughter from the audience, mostly in PP colours.
Uladi further poked fun at Mutharika saying he went to buy commodities at the market in Lilongwe last week because he had no wife.
“We were told he was going round markets checking price of goods. If he was married he would have sent his wife to check the prices instead of going there himself.
“…..vuto lawu batchara ndilimenelo….zinthu umangochita wekha [that’s the problem of being single because you have nobody to send],” scorned Mussa.
Tembo ‘too old’ to rule
Turning to veteran politician John Tembo, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President and who is also leader of the opposition in Parliament, Mussa lowered him by saying he was too old to be a Head of State.
“We appreciate he is the only longest serving politician with vast experience, unfortunately he can never be a State President or vice president of this country,” said Mussa.
He added: “This time around even if a snake takes him by surprise he can’t run away from it due to old age. He will only either allow it to simply sting him or plead with it to feel sorry for him.”
Uladi prides himself
Credited for being one of the country’s best political orators, Mussa boasted that it was himself alongside his other former colleagues in UDF and DPP such as Cassim Chilumpha, Goodal Gondwe, Ken Lipenga among others who helped Bakili Muluzi and the late Bingu wa Mutharika to excel in politics and there was no reason they could fail to do the same to Joyce Banda.
“We vigorously campaigned for those guys until they succeeded, how can we fail to campaign for Joyce Banda so that she excels,” he told the gathering while warning the opposition parties that they will have a tough time during the 2014 elections.
He vowed PP could never lose the 2014 elections because “it has all the resources for campaigning”.
“DPP will never bounce back again…maliro akatuluka mnyumba basitu wautali kumanda….samalowanso mnyumba,” he concluded.
After being frustrated enough, Mussa who has worked in the previous two administrations formed his own Maravi Peoples Party (MPP) but disbanded it last year after President Banda dangled an orange in his political face.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :