Malawi’s flagship daily newspaper on Wednesday in its editorial comment rapped the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), on the electoral earthquake that rocked It on Tuesday in three constituencies and three Local Government wards showed that opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) winning five out of the six areas.
Voters rejected DPP in areas hitherto regarded as its stronghold, notably Ndirande-Makata Ward in Blantyre Malabada Constituency and Nsanje Lalanje Constituency where MCP has swept to victory.
The by-elections were held in Nsanje Lalanje Constituency and Ndirande Makata Ward in Blantyre Malabada Constituency in the Southern Region and Lilongwe City South East and Lilongwe Msozi North constituencies as well as Mtsiriza Ward in Lilongwe City West Constituency and Mayani North Ward in Dedza North Constituency in the Central Region.
In its editorial comment in the Daily Times, the paper said citizens have spoken against DPP’S long course of ill-conduct – such s high-level corruption, nepotism, impunity, among others.
It said if DPP doubted that Malawians were not satisfied with its style of managing national affairs, its performance in the by-elections should serve as a “reflection” of people’s perception of Peter Mutharika’s led government style of governance.
The paper obeserve that “stubbornness” seems to be in the blood of DPP, saying it continue to frustrate the national agenda of unity by allowing corruption to go unpunished on its watch.
” Nepotism has been amplified, and dictatorial tendencies have cropped in, so that it has become an in-thing for the president and his cronies to call those who offer constructive criticism osuta Chamba or zitsiru.,” reads the comment.
DPP campaign was marshalled by President Peter Mutharika who addressed rallies in the three constituencies last week and Director of campaign Kondwani Nankhumwa.
However, the daily cautioned MCP not allow victory to get into its head.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :