Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is the country’s future ruling party, its president and leader of opposition Rev Dr Lazarus Chakwera said on Saturday when he held a political rally in his Lilongwe North West constituency.
“We are the government in waiting,” he said to thousands of supporters who attended what he called a ‘thank you’ meeting for their votes in last year’s elections.
Chakwera said it is his constituency which voted MCP overwhelmingly than almost a good number of constituencies in the country.
“You showed that you are true members of the party,” said Chakwera.
He assured the party supporters that MCP are “government in waiting, we are not just opposition.”
As Chakwera spoke, the crowd cheered.
MCP has always claimed that President Peter Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) were elected on “fabricated results”.
Recently CSO released a 2014 Tripartite Election report entitled: “Election Situation Room: Analysis of the 2014 Tripartite Elections in Malawi” which describes the election as “Neither Fair nor Credible” and among other things calling for reforms in the country’s electoral processes and systems including enhancing the independence and technical capacity of the Malawi Election Commission (MEC) .
Chakwera said the MCP is working on revamping the party and building support in areas where it has no MPs such as the southern region
The leader of the opposition, whose party is proving to provide proper checks and balances in parliament, added that they able discharge their oversight role by opposing injustice, poverty, and bad governance.
He also said they oppose anyone in power whose activities create condition that allows corruption, injustice, poverty, unemployment and insecurity to lives.
According to Chakwera, he chooses to dream with Malawians of a presidency for the people, not for the government.
“I choose to dream with Malawians of a country where farmers make more money from their crops than traders. I choose to dream with Malawians of a country where government salaries are paid punctually – by the order of the system, not tardily by the orders of a President.
“I choose to dream with Malawians of a country whose cities have tarred roads and landscaped sidewalks not dirty roads, not potholes, not bushes. I choose to dream with Malawians of a country whose cities are secure by night and clean by day, not littered by day and feared by night,” said Chakwera.
Chakwera further said he chooses to dream with Malawians of a country in which the power of the sun and wind are harnessed through technology to extend the power grid to every Malawian home.
“I choose to dream with Malawians of a country in which hand-outs for votes are illegal. I choose to dream with Malawians of a country in which there is no state broadcaster to poison Malawians with propaganda. I choose to dream with Malawians of a country in which mechanisms of governance credibility, development, equality and democracy, security are guaranteed by the constitution.”
Chakwera said he chooses to dream with Malawians of a country in which “foreign aid will be a memory. Employment for young people will be readily available. Prosperity for all is a destiny and security for our community is a reality.”
There were several MCP MPs who attended the rally including Vitus Dzoole Mwale of Lilongwe Msozi, Vasco Chimbalu of Kasungu South.–Additional reporting by Alfred Chauwa, Nyasa TimesFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :