Malawi Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima has confidently declared that the ruling DPP will win the Mchinji West by elections slated for October 4.
The constituency fell vacant following the sudden death of its lawmaker Kanjira Banda who won on MCP ticket.
But speaking on Sunday when he addressed a political rally that attracted a mammoth crowd at the district headquarters, a charged up Chilima congratulated the DPP candidate Stephen Kamwani in advance,telling him to get ready for parliament.
“We are winning this election. Mark my words. My apologies in advance to the losers. DPP is winning this election. We are working with everyone and we are advancing a development agenda for everyone in this constituency, district and country wide.
“People in this constituency are able to see who is talking issues instead of just coming here to attack the government for no reason like other parties are doing,” said Chilima who is chairing the by elections campaign team.
The Vice President, apparently referring to MCP, told the people that they should not trust politicians who are using the current looming hunger crisis as a campaign or political tool.
“We all know this crisis is not man made. Therfore, you should question politicians who come here to mock you about hunger because if they were sincere they would be telling you that they will work with government to save your lives not to politicise a national tragedy,” he said.
The Vice president then assured the people that government was in control and that maize will be available across the country, saying people should not panick.
Chilima, who sounded conversant with the district’s geography, mentioned a number roads and areas which he said would be constructed soon to boost road network in the border district.
“Some of the works will start as soon as next week. Plans are also underway to build a modern teachers training school here. We will deliver unprecedented development in this district,” he said.
Earlier, Information Minister Patricia Kaliati used the opportunity to sensitise people on the land bill, warning them that the opposition was trying to confuse the public into believing that the bill was bad for the country.
Apart from Kaliati, other speakers included DPP Secretary General Ecklen Kudontoni and Regional Governor for the centre Dean Josaya Banda.
However, more DPP top brass also attended the meeting including Minister of Gender Jean Kalilani, Chief Political Advisor to the President Francis Mphepo, former Organising Secretary General Chimwemwe Chipungu and many more including the entire Sendera Sisters.
The DPP shadow MP, Kamwani, emerged winner during primaries the party conducted some weeks ago which proved to be the cleanest that the party has ever conducted which saw the losers pledging to work with the winner to boost his chances against rival MCP.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :