Son to former renowned politician Aleke Banda, Thoko on Saturday endorsed Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as the only hope for Malawians during the forthcoming Tripartite Elections.
Speaking during the official launch of the DPP campaign at Masintha Ground in Lilongwe, Banda said as his father stood for what was good for Malawians, it is only DPP through its electoral manifesto that has demonstrated that.
“If there is a party that has the people’s welfare at heart then its DPP,” said Banda.
“The DPP is determined to free the civil service, create jobs for Malawians, quality education and bring back the food in our homes, then its DPP through Professor Peter Mutharika,” said Banda who emphasised that he is not DPP but find hope in its manifesto.
Though without direct reference to United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi and governing ruling People’s Party (PP) vice presidential running mate Sosten Gwengwe, Banda said youthfulness only is not ideal for good leadership.
“What Malawians need is a visionary leader and not just about age for it does not rule but what a leader has in store for a common person, that’s what we have in Mutharika,” he said.
Soon after Atupele was elected UDF president, Banda supported his Agenda for Change movement only to dump him after what he claimed was ‘a change without substance.’
Thoko wanted to run as an independent presidential candidate, saying he doesn’t believe in party structure. He did not file nomination papers for his candidature.