In what can be described as Malawi moving as one unit, the country’s citizenry witnessed unity at work when different political supporters attended the official opening of the 24th International Trade Fair.
Malawi President Joyce Banda presided over the official opening and acknowledged the presence of the various party supporters and described it as Malawi moving in a good direction in as far as unity is concerned.
The State President encouraged people that this is what she would like to see at her official functions.
There were supporters of the ruling People’s Party (PP), the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
All these attended the opening of the international trade fair in their full party regalia. To add ice on the cake, the supporters did not fight and neither were they harassed by anybody for not belonging to the ruling party.
This was not the order of the day during the just ended Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration under former late president Bingu Wa Mutharika.
Under Mutharika, rival political supporters were harassed by the DPP diehards led by the party’s southern region director of youth Lewis Ngalande.
Ngalande was a master of terror in the DPP especially in the southern region where the party had a stronghold. Malawi’s current minister of Gender Anita Kalinde and Lilongwe City Chief Executive Officer Kelvin Mmangisa can testify to the DPP era of terror.
Ngalande was arrested a week ago by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for intimidating and threatening ACB investigation officers.
During the official opening of the trade fair, inside the giant Chichiri International Conference Hall also known as Comesa, President Banda was impressed when she was shown a stand by cloth manufacturer Mapeto DWS.
At Mapeto stand, the company displayed party cloth including that of the ruling party, the PP, the DPP, the MCP, Aford and many others.
This is the first time that Mapeto has displayed various party colours at an international trade fair.
An official from the company said they have done so because they are assured of their safety and that even the State President is encouraging Malawians to co-exist despite having different political belonging.
President Banda was sworn in as Malawi President on the 7th of April this year following the death of President Mutharika.
In her inaugural speech, Banda said that she would like to see Malawians co-exist and opened up the national broadcaster, MBC to all political parties in the country.
During the DPP regime, the public broadcaster was used to castigate the opponents of the government and act as a praise singer for the ruling elites including late president Mutharika and his brother Peter.
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