Nankhumwa takes DPP-UDF campaign to Blantyre City: Adds voice against political violence

Hours after President Peter Mutharika strongly condemned acts of political violence and hate-speech ahead of the fresh presidential election, ruling Democratic Progresive Party (DPP) Vice President for Southern Region, Kondwani Nankhumwa has added his voice, saying politically-orchestrated violence and anarchy have no place in the democratic Malawi.

Nankhumwa: politically-orchestrated violence and anarchy have no place in the democratic Malawi.
Nankhumwa: Urging UDF and DPP supporters who registered as voters last year to go and vote to retain President Mutharika for continued noticeable social and economic development.
UDF’s Mai Masinga speaks during the whistle stop  in Blantyre
Nankhumwa: Winning election is our habit

There have been reports of political violence between supporters of main competing parties, DPP/UDF alliance and Tonse alliance comprising opposition MCP, UTM and other tiny political parties.

“Reports of political violence, intimidation and hate-speech are not only shocking but also an attack on our hard won democracy, including the constitutional right to association. Violence between political parties can never be an answer to our political differences but a recipe for social, economic and political retrogression.

“His Excellency President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has unequivocally condemned these unfortunate acts of violence. I wish to join him by saying Malawi belongs to all of us regardless of where we come from or which political party we belong to.

“As a party, we do not condone violence and we strongly condemn all forms of violence,” Nankhumwa said in the city of Blantyre during a whistle-stop tour to canvass for votes in favour of President Mutharika and his running mate Atupele Muluzi ahead of fresh presidential election slated tentatively for June 23, 2020.

“It is common knowledge that the courts have ordered presidential election re-run following opposition parties’ petitions. As DPP, we maintain that President Mutharika won the presidential election held last May. However, since the President and the DPP respect the rule of law, we have accepted to contest again.

“Winning elections is our habit. Since its inception in 2005, DPP has never lost an election.

“We are winning this presidential election re-run with more votes than we amassed last year,” said Nankhumwa during stops at Manje and Limbe markets in the Blantyre City Southeast constituency, Zingwangwa market in Blantyre City South, Nthukwa, Chilomoni in Blantyre City West and Chirimba and Lwanda markets in Blantyre Kabula.

Nankhumwa, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, informed thousands of DPP enthusiastic followers that President Mutharika extends a word of gratitude “to each and every one of you for your unrelenting support”.

“He (Mutharika) is optimistic that this support will continue and that come the fresh presidential election re-run, you will overwhelmingly vote for him.

“The President would also like to thank Atupele Muluzi, President of UDF and DPP/UDF running mate and the entire UDF family for accepting to work with the DPP,” he said, urging UDF and DPP supporters who registered as voters last year to go and vote to retain President Mutharika for continued noticeable social and economic development.

Among some of the developmental issues that he tackled during the tour, Nankhumwa said MEDEF loans are now being disbursed and that many groups of youths and women have already benefitted.

“Funds are still available and encourage people, especially vendors to form groups and follow the necessary processes in order to access the loans. Small businesses are the main catalyst for rapid economic growth and that it is the wish of the President that these businesses are encouraged and assisted through micro-financing,” said Nankhumwa.

The DPP VP was accompanied by Minister of Homeland Security, Nicholas Dausi, Minister of Irrigation and Water Development and DPP Regional Governor, Charles Mchacha, UDF Vice President for Southern Region, Lance Mbewe, UDF Secretary General, Kandi Padambo, UDF Regional Governor, Dorothy Masinga, Blantyre City Mayor, Wild Ndipo, MPs and other senior DPP and UDF regional committee officials, among others.

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DPP Handed Back To UDF
8 months ago

Unfortunately, 50%+1 one is not easy to achieve. You need to go from Nsanje to Chitipa. DPP has done a very bad job in the central region and northern region. The south is just about 30%. Tonse Alliance is controlling 70%. The Eastern Region already voted for APM in 2019 and do not expect mwana wa mbava to add any value at all. I was dpp but I cannot be taken back to udf. APM is 82 years old and what are the chances that he will be there in 2025? Forget.

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
8 months ago

Awa akulankhula Isi lero kukonza kapansi since they know the are losing the elections, nthawi yonseyi munalikuti pamene anthu amakhapidwa ndi ma cadet?

A Mayaya anakhapidwa simunalankhule china chilichonse, azimayi anagwiriridwa kwa nsundwe ahi ndithu ziii, ku 24 petrol bomb ahi ndithu no comment…

M'Malawi
M'Malawi
8 months ago

I think you should be saying “stealing elections is our habit”. This time, nope.

Zangaphe
8 months ago
Reply to  M'Malawi

every election kulira atibele.its a habit. you will cry again

H E Nyaphapi One
8 months ago

The Supreme court of appeal of Malawi determined that Idiot Peter Mutharika did not win the election. Any civilised Malawian would accept that determination and quickly move on. (Better still, idiot would stop dreaming of stealing the next election).

Citizen Number 1
Citizen Number 1
8 months ago

Che Nakhumwa, It is sad that you are saying this openly but behind the scenes and closed doors, your party is doing completely the opposite by sponsoring violence as well as trying to eliminate Chilima, a plan by your bed fellow’s father, Bakili Muluzi. He has joined front line campain and has completely forgotten his spinal disc problem but once his corruption case resurfaces, he will claim to be sick and that he needs to go to South Africa for treatment. Muluzi is a greedy man and will do anything and stop at nothing to ensure his son Atupele becomes… Read more »

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
8 months ago

Nanlhumwa only that is in the wtong team but the guy is not bad. He portrays to me yhat he understands the era that we are leaving in.

Aalex
Aalex
8 months ago

I don’t know. Everytime I see this blue team I see white collar thieves. These guys are campaigning not to develop our country. They are campaigning so that they can go on plundering our resources in the country. It is them and their families they are fighting for. They are very scared to see DPP pushed out of government. Fortunately they are not popular anyway. They will lose. That’s why APM is crying in hiding that the judiciary connived with the opposition. Like Really? And see this other very frail old former president getting so scared DPP will no longer… Read more »

Destroyer of liars
8 months ago

The only time Mutharika condemns violence is when DPP is on the receiving end. Everytime DPP is unleashing terror he takes delight in it and stays quite as if nothing is happening. He closes his ears. When the opposite happens he rushes to condemn the opposition. What a hypocrite!

CheChamba
CheChamba
8 months ago

Malawians just hope that you Polofesa Peter Muthalika and Nakhumwa are not crying like witchcrafts because it is an open secret that a DPP MP in Phalombe organised and sponsored DPP cadets in Phalombe to disturb the SKC whistle stop tours in that District. If you are people with some integrity , Malawians expect you to issue instructions to your immature and unprofessional Acting Inspector General of Police , Cadet Mwapasa at Police Headquarters.Have the Phalombe DPP cadets been arrested by now?????????????????????????What are you waiting for? SKC did not mince words yesterday , it is in the pubic domain, that… Read more »

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