Minister of Transport and Public Works, who is also the national campaign director for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) , has said the President Peter Muhtarika’s led party is in government for a long haul and that it wants to control power for 31 years just the same as how the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) did in one-party state.
Addressing Blantyre residents on Wednesday during the ground breaking ceremony of Blantyre by-pass road, Mhango said opposition parties should wait until the said period elapsed to have realistic chance of governing.
Mhango said Malawians should expect more development from DPP as it strives for “performance legitimacy,”.
He said: “MCP inasawusa a Malawi kwazaka 31, ifeso a DPP tigong’ontha MCP kwazaka 31 (MCP had been in power – albeit with atrocities – for 31 years and DPP wants to push MCP to opposition benches for another 31 years) I am saying today here in Blantyre and you the President will one day prove that what I said was true,” said Mhango.
In his remarks before Mhango, DPP regional governor for the south Charles Mchacha told DPP members not to lose hope because of past by-elections defeat claiming its MCP behavior to win such polls but not a general elections.
With the current fighting in MCP, Mchacha said it is clear indication that the oldest party will lose the 2019 tripartite elections.
The ruling DPP which was formed by ingu Wa Mutharika, a brother to the current President in 2005 after ditching the United Democratic Front (UDF) which ushered him to power, will clock almost 12 years in government when reaching 2019.
MCP has been on the opposition bench for almost 27 years, since 1994.