Victory is the language that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) knows when it comes to elections as the party’s leader and State President Peter Mutharika said he will guide the party to a successful parliamentary and local by-elections scheduled on October 7.
Mutharika expressed optimism of DPP victory during the whistle stop campaign tour of Blantyre North Constituency on Friday..
“I have come to support Francis Phiso as a Shadow Member of Parliament for DPP. I know you will support him as your MP just as you did with me,” said President Peter Mutharika.
He described Phiso as a true son of the party as he never abandoned it when times were hard for the party after the death of the previous president of the party, Bingu wa Mutharika.
“Before the death of Bingu wa Mutharika, we had 144 MPs under DPP in parliament. However, only 31 remained after the demise of Bingu. Phiso was among the few who remained,” said The President.
Muthaika said it was a difficult time for the party as they were ridiculed and belittled even in parliament.
Phiso also supported Mutharika when he was arrested by the police on treason allegations.
“When I was arrested, only Phiso stood up against the Police when they wanted to treat me like a criminal in the presence of over 200 police men who surrounded me,” Mutharika said.
Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati, who is the National Director of Women in DPP said people of the area already showed their support for the party when they voted for Peter Mutharika as President in the May elections.
“People from this area already gave their vote to the father of DPP. What is remaining is his son. They cannot make a mistake,” Kaliati said.
DPP scooped most of the parliamentary sits in the district with 10 representatives against 12 as two positions went to independent candidates.
In addition, DPP has 28 representatives at the local and city council against 34 seats as four positions went to independent aspirants, one to Malawi Congress Party and one to National Salvation Front (NASAF).
On October 7, Malawi Electoral Commission is scheduled to administer by-elections in six areas across the country, two for parliamentary and four for local councilors. —Mana/Nyasa TimesFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :