The outspoken ruling People’s Party (PP) official Uladi Mussa has said leaders of the opposition political parties in Malawi, who are planning to stand against the PP’s leader President Joyce Banda during the 2014 elections should be wise enough to emulate how the dogs behave during the mating period by respectfully giving one another a turn.
Speaking at a rally held at the State House in the eastern city of Zomba, where President Banda was giving out working materials to the youths under Youth Entrepreneurship Development Fund, Mussa who is also the Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security said it would be unwise for someone to decide to contest for the position which is competitively being held by President Banda.
“Ladies and gentlemen we want all the programs which have started with President Joyce Banda like Presidential Initiative on Safemotherhood, A Cow per Family and Mudzi Transformation Trust to continue. And even the programs which were started with former president Bakili Muluzi like Free Primary Education are continuing. So what do they want to come in for? Their biggest program the free primary education is being continued by president Banda,” said Mussa.
He also said another program of Farm Input Subsidy which was started with the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of which he was the first minister to implement it is also continuing.
“For country to prosper, we should learn to allow a leader complete his or her mandated tenure of office. Even the dogs give each other turns during mating. The small dogs always cower whenever there is a big dog. I know that you know this. So what these people should know is that this time is for Dr Joyce Banda,” he said.
He however said even if they maintain their stand to contest against President Banda he sees no one who can defeat her during the elections, saying none of them is meeting what he called “twelve principals required of a president”.
“I am challenging all the presidential aspirants to come and convince me of their qualities and qualifications. I don’t see anyone among them who can convince me. If there can be one to convince me, I can quit politics right away. I am telling you that there is none who can match Joyce Banda,” said Mussa.
He then asked PP members to register en mass to enable the party reach its target of votes for president Banda.
“In the northern region we are targeting one million votes. In the central region we are targeting 1.7 million votes and in the southern region we are targeting 2.2 million, totaling 4.9 million. The second contestant will get 1 million votes, the third position will go away with 500 votes and number 4 will go away with 250 votes. We will soon tell you the names of these contestants because we have already done the survey,” he said.
Minister of Youth and Sports Enoch Chihana had earlier also assured president Banda that all the people in the northern region will vote for her and what she should be worried is may be about people from other regions.