Former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential hopeful Arthur Peter Mutharika is reportedly splashing cash to buy supporters as his elections campaign funds t is reportedly running into billions.
DPP sources told Nyasa Times that Mutharika -who inherited the party leasdership from former Head of State late Bingu was Mutharika -is paying people attending his rallies especially chiefs, and “morale” boys which has seen thousands including “imported” audience from other parts attending his meetings.
But Vice President Khumbo Kachali is on record saying the DPP was plundering “deceased estate” arguing Malawians to go and eat all the money as it belongs to them.
DPP is said to have flashed K50, 000 each to 20 chiefs from Zomba Malosa constituency to attract them to attend Mutharika’s rally in Balaka last Sunday.
But some of the chiefs who spoke to Nyasa Times said they are not supporting Mutharika.
“Take what the politicians and their bagmen have on offer but don’t tell them how you’re going to vote,” said one of the village headman who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Almost K22 billion is reported to be lying idle at the residence of Mutharika, which has allowed the party to purchase new buses, a Landrover with PA system. The funds are also mostly used to buy over some MPs and other officials who defected to the Peoples Party.
And one account at one of the commercial banks is about K600 million. The signatories of the account are Professor Peter Mutharika and Dr. George Chaponda.
However, chiefs and followers said the monetary donation was a non event as it would not change their minds against the way DPP ruined the country.
“People have a choice to vote for the leader they feel can transform their lives,” said one of the chiefs .
Nyasa Times further understands that DPP is also offering monetary inducement to lawmakers who joined PP to entice them back into the party.
Taxi drivers are paid K10, 000 each to drive on the front of Mutharika’s convoy when he is addressing rallies. The party is also paying K5, 000 to people to have their bicycles painted blue and be on the convoy of Mutharika.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :