DPP on the move as Mutharika rally draws massive crowd

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has sent a statement of intent on the political as its interim leader and presidential candidate Peter Mutharika drew a sea of people who gathered at Thyolo Community Ground for his rally on Sunday.

As Mutharika addressed the enthusiastic crowds, they cheered him on and chanted songs of hope that he will take DPP back to power in 2014, highlighting how quickly and dramatically politics is changing in Malawi.

Mutharika himself also retaliated what he said in his eulogy during the funeral of his brother, former president Bingu wa Mutharika, that no matter how difficult the future will be,  he will ensure the Bingu dream [in colour] lives on by taking DPP back to power.

“I want to assure Malawians that attack or no attack, I will not slow down,” said Mutharika to roaring applause as his voice boomed through loudspeakers.

He was referring to the recent reported break-in at his Nyambadwe residence by thieves.

“I was born here in Malawi and I will also die here in Malawi,” he said.

Mutharika electrified the political landscape as he was accompanied to the rally by top brass of DPP including secretary general Wakuda Kamanga, former presidential spokesman Hetherwick Ntaba, Patricia Kaliati, Jean Kalilani, Noel Masangwi, and Nicholas Dausi and over 50 members of Parliament for the party.

He said DPP will continue the good works of late Bingu wa Mutharika, saying despite some shortfalls, he “made mistakes of judgment not out of evil.”

Peter Mutharika addressing supporters at Thyolo community ground, declaring his 2014 presidential bid

Enthusiastic DPP crowds which attended Peter Mutharika's rally

DPP front line troops

DPP vice president Dr Jean Kalilani speaking at the rally

Henry Mussa and Hetherwick Ntaba were there

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