Mutharika appeals for votes as DPP import audience at rally

Presidential candidate Peter Mutharika of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which governed Malawi from 2004 to April 2012 when his brother president Bingu wa Mutharika died at the climax of poor governance and economic woes, on Easter Monday appealed to the electorate to give his part another chance in power by voting it  in the May 20 Tripartite elections.

Mutharika said DPP stands for security, stability and prosperity saying party took Malawians on the path to prosperity from 2004 to 2012, claiming the current governing party has within 20 months robed the nation of its dream for prosperity.

In his speech at the rally, Mutharika said the May 2014 elections will be crucial and a turning point “as you are aware of the tough conditions we are going through as a country”.

Peter Mutharika: I need your vote
Peter Mutharika: I need your vote
Supporters transported in trucks
Supporters transported in trucks
Some fracas: DPP suppoters
DPP suppoters
Crowds of supporters at Njamba rally
Crowds of supporters at Njamba rally

Mutharika said DPP, which lost power to the reigning People’s Party of the country’s Head of State Joyce Banda who took over after the death of Bingu in April 2012, will implement people-centered development approaches, long term infrastructure developments and people-driven economic paradigms.

The DPP torch bearer said his government would turn the country into the food basket it was and regain its pride as a nation which could feed itself and neighbouring countries.

He also pledged to appoint a lean cabinet.

“There shall be 20 members in Cabinet including deputies,” he said.

The DPP leader also said heads of parastatals like MBCTV and ESCOM will be appointed by an independent authority based on merit, interview and vetting by a Public Appointments Committee.

The Njamba Freedom Park was filled by hundreds of mostly an imported audience from the Lomwe belt and other districts in the southern region transported to the venue.

The supporters were seen being ferried in lorries (pictured) from Thyolo to fill the Njamba Freedom Park.

And the transporting of audience was not short of drama as after the rally, most drivers of the trucks demanded upfront payment from DPP organising secretary Chimwemwe Chipungu.

Chipungu could not cough the money and some down their keys that they would not get the people back to their homes.

The drivers then resorted to drive the people to Mutharika’s residence but he reportedly left for Ndata, the home of late president Bingu wa Muthariika’s widow, Callista.

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