Malawi’s ruling People’s Party (PP) has asked its supporters in Zomba to refrain from violence but instead concentrate on issue-based politics that will develop the country.
PP’s deputy national campaign director Lawrence Denezio Bisika made the call during a political rally he addressed at Thundu Primary School ground in Zomba.
The call came hot on the heels of PP supporters who nearly clashed with opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) supporters at Jokala area on Zomba-Liwonde Road on Sunday.
The UDF supporters were coming from a rally at Songani which was addressed by the party’s presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi.
The situation was almost tense as the chanting supporters from either side met in a procession that could have turned violent. President Joyce Banda’s son Roy Kajuwe Kachale’s convoy and PP supporters were
also coming from the opposite direction from a rally at Zomba-Malosa Constituency.
The PP supporters also attempted to disrupt UDF rally at Songani and pulled flags of the opposition.
But Bisika said his party cherishes politics of development and urged the supporters to vote for people that can contribute positively to the development of their areas.
Said Bisika: “Vote for people who are development-oriented during the May 20 tripartite elections. Do not buy the cheap propaganda being orchestrated by other political parties whose agenda is to woo votes. The Joyce Banda administration has managed to put the economy back on track, among others, in just two years.”
Thereafter, the party welcomed 170 people from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).