Malawi’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has warned Malawians are yet to witness a political campaign the country has never witnessed before ahead of the 2014 presidential and parliamentary polls.
The party has since challenged opposition parties and Malawians at large it will repeat the historic 2009 landslide victory come 2014.
DPP Secretary General Wakuda Kamanga said the party was meanwhile busy devising strategies to ensure a “very destructive campaign”.
“Malawians must be ready because they are yet to witness a campaign that will go down their memory lanes,” said Kamanga, who last week called on his party thugs and robbers to deal with the Asian business community whom he accused of funding Joyce Banda, leader of the opposition Peoples Party (PP).
“In 2009, we brought a new meaning of political campaign to Malawians and we got a landslide and this time Malawians should expect much better,” he said without further elaboration.
However, some concerned citizens have warned the DPP secretary general against his uncensored words which could easily breed violence.
“The man is so careless with his mouth and choice of words, what does he mean a destructive campaign? Is he trying to mean they will physically destroy their opponents or what? He must come clearer. I think it’s also high time the party sat down with its leaders and caution them on what they say to the public because Malawians are not idiots,” a Blantyre based social commentator Makupa Chirwa told Nyasa Times.
On Sunday, the DPP 2014 torch carrier, Professor Peter Mutharika also declared that the opposition should brace for a tough ride in the run up to 2014 because the party will come full throttle with tactics that no country in the world has ever used to sail through.
And his brother, President Mutharika also affirmed his party had the potential to floor the opposition even if they combined forces with the civil society, the donor community and other foreign political parties.
“As I said and did in 2009 that ndizakunyenyaninyenyani, ndikuti ngakhale muphatikizane inu a opposition, civil society, ma donor… DPP idzakunyenyanyenyani and the party will be back again in government in full swing,” challenged Mutharika at Goliati Trading Centre (his home) when he officially inaugurated the 33km Malowa-Goliati-Chiperoni Bingu wa Mutharika road.
Former State President Dr Bakili Muluzi changed the face of campaign rallies during the 2004 polls when he introduced several initiatives among them the whistle stop tours in his attempt to sell to Malawians now his adversary, Mutharika.
And during the 2009 campaign, Malawians witnessed another shift when the DPP brought in a luxury coach for Mutharika and a number of big buses on its convoy. It also used a big television screen to broadcast propaganda messages.