Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has claimed that the governing People’s Party (PP) is plotting to “secure criminal conviction” against its presidential candidate Peter Mutharika to prevent him from contesting in next year’s elections.
Malawi will hold tripartite elections in May 2014.
DPP spokesman Nicholous Dausi said in a statement on Thursday that 2014 elections will determine the future of Malawi for a long time to come.
“We ask the PP government to let the people of Malawi determine who they want to rule this country. Using the legal and regulatory system to deny the people their choice through arbitrary arrests and false allegations is inimical to the democracy that we all fought so hard for,” said Dausi.
“We are also aware of the PP Government’s efforts to fabricate cases against the DPP leader so as to secure a criminal conviction and therefore prevent the DPP leader from contesting in the 2014 Presidential elections,” said the statement obtained by Nyasa Times.
“We are aware that an unelected party that came to power by accident was forced to retract its goal to return Malawi to a one party state. It desperately wishes to hold on to power. Arresting DPP members on unfounded and fake charges; harassing DPP members; tear gassing our Leaders; maligning DPP leaders through paid journalists; attempts to grab Late Presidents vehicles, houses, farms and bank accounts in order to apparently disable the DPP; are all part of a grand strategy by the PP government to destroy the DPP and its leader in order to stay in power in 2014.
“This is dangerous for our country. All Malawians who love our country must reject this diabolical plan.”
However, DPP said all the attempts are “counter-productive and will fail”.
Said Dausi: “They will make the Party even stronger, its supporters will get closer together and they will become more focused. As a Party which is truly progressive, the DPP will continue to uphold tenets of democracy and fair play upon which it was founded.”
PP spokesman Hophmally Makande described the claims as “utter rubbish”.