Malawi Congress Party (MCP)president Lazarous Chakwera, who is also leader of opposition, is confident that he will form government in 2019 , saying he is set to win presidential elections, his second bid for the top job.
Chakwera made the remarks after a political tour in the Lower Shire on Sunday which he worshipped at Zambezi Evangelical Church and Champion in Christ Church respectively, a day after induction of former Cabinet minister Muhammed Sidik Mia into his party.
“I am very confident nothing will stop MCP from governing in 2019,” said Chakwera.
Chakwera said MCP is laying foundation to wrestle power from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
“As president of the MCP, I am inviting everyone who wants us to rid Malawi of nepotism, corruption and theft of public funds to join MCP,” Chakwera said.
He said at Champion in Christ Church that Malawians were hard working people but they are let down by leaders who do not see beyond themselves and their families.
“Our future is very bright but our leaders have taken it astray,” said Chakwera.
He added: “It is high time we stopped politics of tribalism, properly scrutinising our leaders so that we know the truth.”
MCP president said its high time Malawi start doing things in a different way.
“Our nation needs leaders who look beyond their relations, tribe and those close to them, in that way we will have a strong pillar,” said Chakwera.
During a political rally on Saturday in Ngabu which brought together 54 members of Parliament (43 for MCP, five independents led by Chidanti Malunga and six from the Peoples Party led by Roy Kachale, Chakwera, who blamed the DPP for the country’s woes, came with a new slogan “One Malawi, One Nation, One Vision”.
Chakwera said Mia’s coming to MCP signifies the beginning of a huge movement which “is good for Malawians that nobody will manage to stop”.
“I can assure you what this has set in motion is something Malawians will witness because the movement is truly moving forward… and will attract people of calibre that want to see genuine change in our country,” he said.
Mia said he was joining MCP to help Chakwera win the 2019 general elections.
Chakwera optimism comes at the back of an opinion poll in May this year by Afrobarometer that indicated that the MCP would win the presidential elections if they were conducted at the time of the survey.
Afrobarometer rightfully predicted the results of the May 20 2014 tripartite elections, which it tipped in favour of the then opposition DPP. However, the then ruling PP, led by its leader Joyce Banda, questioned the research findings.
According to the latest Afrobarometer findings, the MCP is likely to win with 32 percent while DPP would come second, 27 percent of votes. The results further indicate that the UDF would be on third position, with 11 percent and former ruling PP would get 7 percent of the votes.
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