Officials from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have told people of Rumphi to support the ruling party first if they wanted development.
DPP legal advisor Charles Mhango said this in Rumphi Central constituency where he held a political rally over the weekend along with other senior party officials and cabinet ministers.
“They lined up a number of development projects which they want in the area. They gave us a long list of development wishes for the area and we told them the government is ready to give them the development on condition that they support the DPP,” said Mhango in an interview monitored on state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation.
Senior DPP officials and cabinet ministers stormed the northern region over the weekend holding rallies ahead of President Peter Mutharika’s trip to the region soon.
Mhango assured the people of Rumphi that the government would give them the development in exchange for their support to the DPP.
The constituency overwhelmingly voted for Alliance for Democracy (Aford) president Enock Chihana during the 2014 parliamentary elections and voted for Peoples Party’s Joyce Banda in the presidential race.
People in the district accuse the DPP led government of backsliding on its promise to construct the all important Livingstonia Njakwa Road which is now in sorry state.
On Sunday, Mhango donated a K250000 cheque to a church in the constituency, an indication that Chihana has a political competitor in the 2019 parliamentary race.