President Prof. Peter Mutharika has said he will guide his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to a reousing victory in 2019 elections where it will sweep all the 193 seats in parliament.
He said this Wednesday afternoon when he arrived in Lilongwe from Blantyre.
Mutharika made a whistle-stop at Biwi Triangle and it was his first public appearance in the city as Malawi’s new President following his victory in the May 20 polls.
The Malawi leader arrived at the venue at around 4:00 PM with a lot of pomp as thousands escorted him all the way from Bunda Road Block clad in the winning party’s blue colours, chanting and dancing.
When he rose to the mobile stage on the presidential open-roof vehicle, Mutharika said he was excited to have come to the city a victor after all the struggles he and other parties had gone through.
“We are now in government and in 2019, DPP will sweep all the 193 parliamentary seats,” said Mutharika amid clapping and ululation, adding, “Oh, how sweet it is to win, don’t you think it’s sweet?”
The Malawi leader preached unity and forgiveness and he promised that he would soon hold a mass rally at Masintha to thank the people of Lilongwe and central region for their support.
On a lighter note upon arriving at the venue, Mutharika worried about having blocked traffic with his whistle-stop and that he was afraid he and his officials would be arrested.
But he quickly said: “But I know they cannot arrest us because we are now the government. Even one of today’s papers said they may not proceed with the treason charges against me.”