Malawi’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 2014 torch bearer Professor Arthur-Peter Mutharika says his election campaign strategy will focus on issues and not mud slinging, attacking DPP officials who uttered slanderous remarks against opposition figures..
“This country has many problems and development challenges and it will not make sense if we spend our time attacking people or personalities during our campaigns,” Mutharika said.
“ I don’t want to see that. And if I see it happening I will not hesitate to remove such people from the campaign team,” the President’s brother said this during his maiden rally at Katoto Freedom Park in Mzuzu on Saturday.
The younger Mutharika’s rebuke came after many DPP officials who spoke earlier spent most of their time attacking State Vice President Joyce Banda, lawmakersAtupele Muluzi and Khumbo Kachali.
DPP Campaign Director Ken Zikhale Ng’oma called both Banda and Kachali “uneducated”.
While DPP Regional Governor for the North, Frank Mwenifumbo said Kachali was a “bottle collector”.
The DPP torch bearer said despising others or using abusive language will not make this country forge ahead in terms of development.
Mutharika, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs, had earlier in the day commissioned street lights in Mzuzu.
He also outlined a number of development projects, which he said will make people’s lives better.
He then described as false reports that donors have lost confidence with Malawi saying the country’s problems were not unique to Malawi only.
“Many others countries in the world have the same problems. For instance, Greece, Italy and many others,” he said without further elaboration.
Mutharika also threw another salvo at DPP officials saying they mislead the party during campaign for the Rumphi Central by election.
“In fact you embarrassed us. You told me that we will win by 90 percent and yet we managed a paltry 40 percent. So in 2014 I want you to tell the truth,” he admonished.
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