PP says JB likely to win with 75% votes: Malawi elections

Malawi’s ruling People’s Party (PP) has once again expressed optimism that President Joyce Banda will win the forthcoming tripartite elections with resounding 75 percent votes with opposition United Democratic Front (UDF), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) sharing 24 percent of the votes.

While claiming that “other small briefcase parties” will share the remaining one percent, PP acting spokesperson Ken Msonda noted that opposition political parties are divided and can never win the elections.

“History does repeat itself; in African politics, Malawi inclusive, a divided opposition has never won an election.

Msonda:  JB is winning
Msonda: JB is winning

“Come what may, rain or sunshine, darkness or light, President Joyce Banda is winning the tripartite elections, not just winning but with a resounding majority votes,” said Msonda.

According to him, the party believe beyond “any grain of doubt that this is achievable” because they have a strong candidate in Joyce Banda.

He further claimed that most electorates will vote for President Banda because she managed to bring back the nation’s lost glory that was “thrown to the dogs by previous regimes”.

“President Banda has managed to restore democratic principles and values, good governance, political will and tolerance, rule of law; upheld our Republican Constitution, freedoms and rights, opening up of our national broadcasters to accommodate opposition, press freedom and good economic policies.

“During the 2009 elections, the citizenry voted for a leader who was a dictator and not God fearing; he won the elections with majority votes,” he said.

The outspoken Msonda was reacting to sentiments by the party’s former Publicity Secretary Hophmally Makande claiming that officials of the governing party are “amateurs” and don’t know how to cultivate elections for the President to win the elections.

Makande, who was dismissed from the party for standing as independent candidate in the forthcoming elections after failing in the primaries, also said the leadership of PP has no conflict management skills, describing them as “second-class politicians”.

“Very few people, except the President, understand politics. Most of them are amateurs, second-class politicians who do not know how to cultivate votes for the president to win an election,” Makande is quoted as saying by The Daily Times.

But Msonda said his former boss made the sentiments out of desperation, and that PP cannot engage him in verbal war.

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