Malawi’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) combed, screened, and searched all its rank and file and found out that the only capable person to lead the party in 2014 elections is Professor Peter Mutharika, the party’s secretary general Wakuda Kamanga has said.
Kamanga disclosed this to Zodiak radio during Tiuzeni Zoona program aired on Sunday.
“As governing council we combed through the party’s senior members and discovered that the only capable person to lead DPP in 2014 is Peter Mutharika,” Kamanga told the radio’s political editor, Pilirani Phiri.
Asked if this meant that the rest in the party are Madeya (chaffs), Kamanga responded: “The madeyaissue is about UDF, all am saying is that we settled for Peter Mutharika.”
On the current UN brokered dialogue with the civil society organisations, Kamanga, who is rapportuer of the presidential dialogue committee, said he was sure the talks will materialize.
He denied that continued President Bingu wa Mutharika’s hate speech will paralyze the dialogue.
“If you referring to the trade fare speech about war take it in the context that he is being provoked. You should know that people are being rude to the President,” he said.
Asked if the President was a calm leader the current situation would have been avoided, Kamanga was coy to answer.
“Next question. Next question,” he said.
When pressed to comment how DPP would fare if elections were to be held today, the DPP chief executive said the party would win with a land slide victory.
“Do you have a diary? Mark what am telling you. We will win more than the 2009 way. Those who hate us a handful in cities but not in villages,” he challenged.
But a report by London-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) says Mutharika and DPP are losing support through continued intolerance to criticism, sour relations with donors and forex shortages.
In its July 2011 country report on Malawi, EIU, the research and advisory arm of the influential Economist Group, says “Mutharika’s efforts to influence the presidential succession in the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) by imposing his brother, Peter, would result in defections from the party.”
The President has meanwhile argued that it is not true that his government is losing popularity.
“There are some people who, when drunk, say that DPP is no more, the government is no more so by coming in such large numbers you have demonstrated that what they are saying is nonsense,” said Mutharika during the 8th Agriculture Trade Fair last Thursday.
In the 2014 elections, Peter Mutharika is likely to face state vice president Joyce Banda who will represent her newly launched People’s Party.
Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) are yet to choose their candidate and former ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) has also not selected its torch bearer.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :