Malawi ex-1st lady Callista campaigns for Peter Mutharika at gospel concert

The double launch of Amandikonda DVD and CD was on Sunday afternoon briefly reduced to a political rally as former first lady Callista Mutharika took trouble to woo support for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) President Peter Mutharika.

Callista, who was the guest of honour at the launch, largely received cheers from the patrons as she took to the podium to make a brief speech during the occasion.

She said she was extremely happy and honored to have been invited to join gospel fans as guest of honour.

“I love the youth and APM loves the youth and so we need to support him because there are several programmes he has put up especially in education.

Callista Mutharika: Campaigns for Peter Mutharika
Callista Mutharika: Campaigns for Peter Mutharika

“APM [Arthur Peter Mutharika] would have been part of this fun but he is pressed with some equally important assignments. But he is saying he is with you.

“He knows that there is a lot of challenges in the country. But be assured that problems you are facing and all that will be a thing of the past when he gets into power next year,” said Callista, attracting cheerings from the fans.

Callista also expressed gratitude to the support she received at the concert saying this was an indication that some Malawians value her despite being forsaken by others

During auctioning, Callista bought both the CD and DVD at K1 million to become probably the first person to cough such amount of amount in the history of gospel concerts or album launches.

She also called upon the audience to support musicians by buying original CDs and DVDs saying most of them make their bread and butter from the trade.

Supporting artists included Ethel Kamwendo Banda, Thoko Katimba, Faith Mussa, Patience Namadingo and Anglican Voices.

Callista speaking during the launch
Callista speaking during the launch

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