DPP bashed for turning Malawi Trade Fair into political battlefield
A cross section of Malawians are reacting angrily to the decion by President Peter Mutharika and his ruling Democratic. Progressive Party (DPP) to turn the Chichiri Trade Fair grounds into a political battle field, saying this has potential of scaring away serious investors.
Taking up in various social media platforms, most Malawians expressed concern that the DPP power struggle was taken to the trade fair on Thursday where captains of the industry wanted to hear business and not DPP internal politics.
Dalitso Kubalasa, executive director of Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) said the behaviour of the DPP officials is detrimental to the growth of business and economy.
“The country is going through economic turbulence, this was therefore a lost opportunity to instil investor confidence,” he said.
George Phiri, a social commentator said the government needs sober minds if the investors are not to be scared away.
However, government spokesman Nicholas Dausi played down the fears that the opening of the trade fair was politically charged.
“DPP supporters were happy to see their, they are always excited when they see him,” Dausi said.
President Mutharika , who is facing an unprecedented resistance from some DPP members canvassing for the candidacy of Vice-President Saulos Chilima, claimed some DPP members were plotting to sell the party to the opposition, a thing he said will not hold as the party was not for sale.
Mutharika said in Chichewa: “Ena akufuna kundiopseza ine koma ndi inu pambuyo panga sindingaope munthu aliyense ayi. Inu ndi ine tachoka kutali. Ndipo ndikukulonjezani kuti sindizakusiyani chifukwa inunso simungandisiye.
“Komano afalisi tiwasiya pambuyo. Atamwalira a Bingu anthu ambiri anandithawa. Mu Parliament munali ma MP 156 koma 123 anathawa kungosala 33 okha. Koma inu simunandithawe ayi. Choncho muli bho kwambiri kuti muli ndi ine. [Some people want to intimidate me, but with you by my side, I will not fear. We have come a long way and my promise to you is that I will never abandon you because you can never leave me alone. But we will have to leave the Pharisees behind. When Bingu died, 123 out of 156 MPs fled, we were left with only 33.”
His remarks were received with chants of “Achoke! Achoke! [Let the critics leave the party]” from DPP supporters.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
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I am happy though that Peter is opening his mouth and pretty much verbalising what is in his head. People now can get to hear for themselves that this man has gone past his usefulness. Akungobwebweta ngati galu wachiwewe running from his own shadow. If I were a senior member of DPP I would have advised him not to stand at a podium and utter a single unless he is reading from a prepared speech (autocue). He is an embarrasment to humankind, to all lawyers, professors and heads of state.
This is happening because APM has allowed Ben Phiri to create barriers between APM and pple who could and wanted to help APM by damaging their credibilty with the President. Clearly this is a weak President who can easily be influenced and manipulated by so called “loyal supporters”.
Where are the polls, where is the pollsters? We want to see how these guys stand.
Paja mumapanga mukawona kuti Pitala wayamba gaining some would be voters.
Abale this president minus Chilima zinthu zikuyipirayipira
A Pulezidenti alibiketu control. Boma akuyendesa ndi Mchacha and Molande and Getu and Ngolongoliwa. Shame shame shame.
Chilima, to what extent can you trust Kaliati and her team? If what APM is saying about Akweni and her friends is true then muli m’madzi achimwene.
Iam sure Muthalika’s support at grassroot level is still intact.Kaliati and her cohorts will come out badly bruised when dust finally settles down.
Never shall that happen whether home girl or not Pitaala is already out of power 2019. Every Malawian is about how did this guy bububu got presidence I think blindness and that blindness ends on May 21 2019.