Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) top officials, most of the cabinet ministers over the weekend suffered low turn up in their political rallies in the northern region.
Reports from the north indicate there were low turn up mostly in Karonga where among others, minister of labour Henry Mussa and Trade and Industry minister Joseph Mwanamveka held the rallies ahead of President Peter Mutharika’s tour of the region in the next few weeks.
The same low turn up affected rallies held in Mzuzu, Rumphi, Chitipa, Mzimba and Nkhata Bay.
Officials from the DPP northern region office played down the low turn up issue, saying many people turned up only that there were numerous political rallies within a distance.
“Many people turned up only that there were many rallies within a distance of each other. If we organised the rallies at one place, you could have seen that there were many people. As you can see, in Mzuzu alone, we had many rallies,” said an official from the party northern region team.
In Mzuzu, Information minister Patricia Kaliati and Sports and Youth minister Grace Chiumia were among the party officials that addressed people.
In Karonga, Khwauli Msiska, former Aford secretary general famed for moving a flopped presidential open terms bill, addressed people as a DPP official.
The cabinet ministers and DPP officials drummed up support for the party whose popularity is weaning due to poor economic policies that has put the economy in peril pushing the cost of living up beyond the reach of the majority poor.
Malawians also blame the government for the persistent food shortages, saying the government could have put in place sound agriculture policies including massive irrigation projects in view of the El Nino powered weather which has negatively affected food production in the country.