The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) will hold parallel rallies in Ngabu, Chikwawa on Saturday and Sunday, setting the stage for a possible stand-off.
The political outfits will hold parallel rallies in Lower Shire as they fight for control of the area as MCP is set to welcome into its part fold Sidik Mia on Saturday at Ngabu.
The Lower Shire is perceived as DPP stronghold, but MCP is striving to wrest it and also make in roads in the Southern Region.
MCP has organised a mass political rally for its president Lazarous Chakwera on Saturday in Ngabu where he is expected to welcome into the party Mia, self-style Lower Shire political giant.
But DPP has organised a rally to counter Chakwera.
DPP spokesman and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Francis Kasaila will hold a political meeting at Miswewu 4 in Chikwawa Mkombedzi close to Chakwera.
The ruling party’s vice president for Eastern Region, Bright Msaka will also be addressing a meeting at Fatima in Nsanje.
In Chikwawa meetings DPP has invited independent MP Harry Thomson to speak in support of the ruling party.
DPP regional governor for South, Charkes Mchacha denied that the party is planned to counter MCP, saying they already have a programme for their weekend rallies.
“We will not interfere with them and they should not interfere with us,” Mchacha said.
Mchacha insisted that the DPP meetings was planned long ago and it should not be misconstrued to be a counter-rally against MCP’s, which will be conducted by Chakwera.
MCP regional chairman for south, Peter Simbi, said they are not intimidated with the DPP plans, saying the party is gaining ground in the Lower Shire.
“ DPP are panicking because MCP yagwila msewu [gaining ground],” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :