The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has postponed the launch of its electoral blue print – manifesto – on Saturday, March 29 at the Bingu International Conference Center (BICC) in the capital Lilongwe to a later date
The party’s spokesperson Nicholas Dausi confirmed the manifesto launch has been postponed due to what he said “change of programme.”
Dausi said instead the party will no longer unveil the document that will define the party’s policies for the next five years in a a conference hall but an open mass rally.
DPP president Peter Mutharika last week also failed to attend first official campaign rally at Kanjeza in Blantyre.
He said the DPP, which governed Malawi from 2004 to April 2012 when president Bingu wa Mutharika died at the climax of poor governance and economic woes, in the manifesto has tackled issues of “hunger, development and financial and fiscal discipline.”
Asked how the party is going to deal with plunder of public resources bearing in mind reports that it was under the DPP government the Cashgate started and K92 billion reportedly stolen, Dausi said: “Then let’s just wait for the release of our manifesto, we don’t want to give incongruous statement.”
The launch of the DPP manifesto will come after the United Democratic Front (UDF) launched its manifesto during the week campaign period rolled, outlining its vision and programmes to implement, once voted into power.
The governing People’s Party (PP) were the first to release its manifesto.
Opposition MCP, which has been out of government for the past 20 years, only has a draft manifesto.