Mutharika upbeat ahead of Malawi re-run: ‘DPP-UDF are winning’
Ahead of next week’s Tuesdday fresh presidential elections, the incumbent President Peter Mutharika has claimed to have massive support in the country and that his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) alliance has the numbers to secure his re-election.
Mutharika was on a whistle-stop tour from Blantyre to the capital Lilongwe.
Speaking at Biwi Triangle in Lilongwe to a thunderous welcome of supporters, Mutharika said he was in the last leg of the campaign to ensure that they get a landslide victory as DPP-UDF alliance are ceratin of security 50 percent plus one majority votes.
“Winning is certain but we want to do it resoundingly. Losing is completely hypothetical, DPP-UDF are winning,” said Mutharika flanked by his runningmate, Atupele Muluzi.
The President told the crowd that he legitimately won last year’s nullified election but the will of the people was overturned by the courts.
“Presidents are elected by the people and not the courts. We won the election last year because you voted for us. But they (the opposition) worked with the court to tussle government from us,” said Mutharika.
Mutharika then called upon the people to vote for him and Muluzi in next week’s polls to ensure the continuity of the various development projects his government has been implementing in the past five years.
“We want to continue development. As you vote next week, choose development instead of regression. Choose peace and not chaos and violence. Do not let them (the opposition) stop the projects that my government started,” Mutharika said.
Mutharika is facing a stiff challenge from Lazarus Chakwera, a former church cleric who is president of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
To win outright in Tuesday’s polling a candidate will need more than 50% of the votes.
Mutharika said he will pass this hurdle and said he was confident of a landslide win.
If no candidates does not, a run-off will be held within 30 days.
DPP director of elections Ben Phiri said the party has carried its census and is certain they are heading to victory.
Mutharika was declared winner in last year’s elections with 38.57% of the popular vote, against 35.41% garnered by Chakwera and 20.24% for Saulos Chilima of the UTM Party and the country’s estranged Vice President.
Both Chakwera and Chilima rejected the results and petitioned the courts which ordered the fresh elections.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
Kamuzu did the same thing in 1994. He went to tour Lilongwe for the last time. Look at the Chidakwa arms and you can tell that something is wrong. Atupere is in all smiles because he knows that agogo could not finish his term. He is too old and his body parts are weakened with a lot of drinking.
NTCHONAs farewell trips. It’s good to know that the majority of the people following him in lorries are distressing his downfall.
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Those who attended the whistle stop gatherings can be termed “Wolira, Wongoyang’ana, Wozizwa, Wotukwana”
But ofcource there is no harm dreaming in colour Mr Acting president.
Don’t they say “a wise leader makes peace before the invaders arrive in his country”? I would carefully choose my words if I were you bwana.
Bwanji osayikapo ya Atupele. Chilima and Chakwera adutsa kale 50 plus % Koma uyu wakalambadi eti. Uziwona chaka chino
A Gud fare thee well Arthur Peter Mutharika, a very useless HE we have ever had, you surpassed the JCE idiot Bakili Muluzi, I feel sorry you have put in mad the name of Muntharikas
Game players in any game aim to come out victorious and they employ all kinds of skills and tactics to win a game. Well, in football games, for example, a late substitute can well be a game changer as we are now witnessing in the late campaign substitution tactic by the DPP team. Normally the team coach may be forced to a late substitution as a desperate last resort after having had no positive impact on the game through tactics employed earlier in the game! APM’s and DPP’s earlier skills and tactics to produce a victory don’t seem to have… Read more »
A THUNDEROUS WELCOME ?????????????
He is in lilongwe to pack his belongings.
This guy is not dull.