DPP sets December for convention – Mutharika

Former ruling Democratic Progress Party (DPP) has finally announced that its national convention to elect the party leader and presidential candidate for Maalwi’s 2014 polls will be held in December.

The party’s interim leader Peter Mutharika told a mass rally in Blantyre on Sunday that the convention will also elect new office-bearers since the death of its leader Bingu wa Mutharika in April this year.

“All National Governing Council will be open for contest,” said Mutharika who is aspiring to be selected as the party’s torch bearer for 2014 polls.

He however said actual dates will be announced in due course.

Mutharika: PP future looks good

Mutharika urged young people to contest for positions in the coming convention, saying he is ready to accept defeat if not voted as the party’s presidential candidate.

He said the party was currently revising its manifesto, which will be ready by next week Friday and outlined some of the issues to top DPP agenda in 2014 campaign.

He then added: “The fertiliser subsidy will always remain our priority and once in power 2014, we will continue with the project and everyone will benefit from it not this sand-mixed fertiliser. “

Mutharika said: “You should know that if this country experiences hunger next year, it’s because of the sand-mixed fertiliser.”

“As part of our development agendas, we will introduce community colleges so that those people who cannot afford university should have access to tertiary education. We want an educated nation. We will also improve the national library system so that the reading culture is motivated”.

Mutharika has been in the papers saying,  human rights situation has not improved “such as the dismissal of people without following the rule of law, people are being imprisoned without thorough charges and of course, some cases are probably unjustifiable”

He told a local paper: “Forex is very difficult to find. Six or seven months after the devaluation, life is and will be very difficult, and it has nothing to do with the former DPP government.”

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