Joyce Banda might actually have a chance to win —PP

People’s Party (PP) says its leader Joyce Banda  written off  by some for the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, has rediscovered her political bite winning hearts of the electorate with masses patronizing her rallies across the country, saying those underrating her might be in for a shock after the polls.

JB rally in Zomba on Sunda
Banda at Sadzi in Zomba for PP rally
Joyce Banda drew “huge” crowds in Zomba
JB attracting more people to her rallies
Crowd size speaks to the energy of the PP support base
JB attracting more people to her rallies

It is said that two things are inevitable in life: death and taxes. To these a third might be added – election victory for former president  Banda, popularly known as JB by her initials,  according to PP spokesperson Ackson Kalaile-Banda.

Kalaile-Banda told Nyasa Times in an interview on Sunday that JB is gaining momentum and has  proven capable of reaching out to voters beyond the party’s base.

He said after Banda held a rally at  Machinga South East constituency rally at Mmwala School ground held on Friday  November 30 2018 and  on Sunday at Sadzi, Traditional Authority Chikowi in Zomba central constituency, saying the bumper crowds have proved she is still a force to be reckoned with.

The PP spokesman also said the study by the Institute for Public Opinion and Policy Research (IPOPR), whose lead researcher is University of Malawi political scientist Boniface Dulani, said Banda is the most trustworthy leader among all the presidential candidates is proving to be real.

“JB is quickly gaining ground because of her pro-poor agenda that she initiated in her two year rule from 2012 to 2014 and now coming up with additional vibrant message that is addressing the suffering Malawians,” Kalaile said.

“We have done our calculations across the country based on our areas in each constituency, if we add up the figures we come up with close to 1,9 million voters, these are secured and decided voters that we monitor each and every day ready to cast votes for our President Dr Joyce Banda.

“We are not surprised with the mammoth turnout of people despite that we don’t do the adverts or mobilization as our friends do, like hiring live band,we have the people on ground ready to vote for Dr Joyce Banda but we shall continue to reach out to everyone because our target for 2019 is about 3 million voters ,” Kalaile Banda said

After losing 2 014 elections in May, JB left the country, as she puts it, ‘to enable President Peter Mutharika to run State affairs without her interference’.

But since returning in April this year, Banda, 68, has been criss-crossing the country engaging the electorate and has launched a bid to claim the leadership of the country which she lost to Mutharika in a controversial 2014 elections which was marred with irregularities.

During the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections, Banda, who was an incumbent, having ascended to the presidency in line with constitutional order in April 2012, finished a distant third with 1 056 236 votes or 20.2 percent. President Peter Mutharika—standing on a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ticket with Vice-President Saulos Chilima as his running mate on the ballot paper—won with 1 904 99, representing 36.4 percent while MCP’s Lazarus Chakwera polled 27.8 percent with 1 455 880.

In terms of parliamentary representation, in the 2014 elections, DPP won 50 seats, MCP 48, PP 26 and independents 52. United Democratic Front (UDF), which formed the first multiparty administration in 1994, won 14 seats with Aford and the now-defunct Chipani Cha Pfuko getting one seat each.

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mbuje
mbuje
1 year ago

Dzuwa salozelana mayi.

Nkholokolo
Nkholokolo
1 year ago

They come in the hope of receiving handouts

Kayira
Kayira
1 year ago

Dreams! If she couldn’t win as an incumbent with all the State resources on her side what chance does she have now? Many women go to her rallies in the hope of getting free nsalu and possibly a cow! Malawians like free things and easy money-

namaseko
namaseko
1 year ago

She will need more than 1.9million votes to pull it off

Maurice
Maurice
2 years ago

This is fantastic tally Amati omwewo

Kahki
Kahki
2 years ago

Kodi nsaru yoopsyayi ilipobe?

Chisale
Chisale
2 years ago

Tiyeni nazoni, Malawi needs a leader who walk the talk and thr electrolate is currently doing wibdow shopping.

Shaft Sachapandimadzi
Shaft Sachapandimadzi
2 years ago

Kicks of a dying horse…

Amayi
Amayi
2 years ago

If wishes were horses 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂

Vinjenje
Vinjenje
1 year ago
Reply to  Amayi

Indeed,if wishes were horses

BigMan
BigMan
2 years ago

Maybe if she stands as MP in her home constituency.

JJ Mbewe/pathfinder
JJ Mbewe/pathfinder
2 years ago
Reply to  BigMan

But let’s be honest, she’s attracting more people at her rallies than those at Chilima’s.

JJ Mbewe/pathfinder
JJ Mbewe/pathfinder
1 year ago

I meant to say she’s attracting more people at her rallies than Chilima.

namaseko
namaseko
1 year ago

she did the same in 2014 and what happened?

Make Malawi Great
Make Malawi Great
1 year ago

lol u must have been watching the rallies on your Nokia 3310 then kikikikikiki Top 2 crowd pullers in Malawi. 1 Bushiri 2. Chilima

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
1 year ago

That might be true BUT it doesn’t mean anything, didn’t she command mammoth gatherings or crowds in the previous elections? Where did it leave her? Kamuzu used to command mammoth gatherings in his last days, I rambert Right Honourable Tembo akumati “Fumbi” la anthu BUT where did it end? On the losing side. I remember very well, Late Dalton Katopola once said publicly at if my memory serves me well at Maone in the presence of Dr Banda, he said that but Bwana tisapusitsike ndi anthuwa cos enawa nso akabwera, meaning ma pressure groups in those days, ndi anthu ake… Read more »

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