People’s Party (PP) officials on Tuesday challenged that they will do all it takes to win the 2014 tripartite elections, arguing former ruling Malawi Congress Party (MCP), United Democratic Front (UDF) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will never rule the country again.
Speaking during a ‘development’ rally at Chule ground in T/A Kaphuka, Dedza, some PP officials, who include the central region provincial chairperson, Kizito Ngwembe, deputy secretary general George Zulu, Minister of Industry and Trade Sosten Gwengwe and Minister of Home Affairs, Uladi Mussa said the three main opposition parties should forget of bouncing back in power.
First to take to the podium was Ngwembe who labeled MCP president and Leader of Opposition, John Tembo as ‘history’, adding the era for the former ruling parties to bounce back in government is gone.
“What is done is done; MCP cannot rule this country again. Mr. Tembo is now a forgotten thing. He doesn’t have value anymore,” said Ngwembe, a former lawmaker in MCP.
“And some parties are calling for demonstrations. They should know Malawi is not ready for that; who so ever is calling for such a thing is a drunken man, and we will not allow it to happen. This is our time and PP will continue ruling this country come 2014,” challenged Ngwembe.
Ngwembe’s sentiments were echoed by Gwengwe who described MCP, UDF and DPP as family parties now on their death bed.
“The problem with a family party is that once its founder is dead or out of power, it dies at same time. But PP is the party of the people as you can tell by its name. Our leader did not form this party as personal asset but the grouping for everyone,” Gwengwe said.
He then defended Banda’s foreign trips, saying her mobility has managed to bring about forex in the country to the tune of 800 million dollars just in six months above the earning the country make through tobacco sales which is between 250 million to 300 million dollars annually.
And George Zulu made controversial sentiments when he challenged that PP will not lose the 2014 tripartite elections as it is in control of all the election resources.
“Dedza is no longer a hub for MCP, we have invaded it. Come 2014 out of 65 constituencies in the central region, 55 will go to PP. The ruling party never loses elections, even in America it has never happened,” he said.
“PP will never get out of this government. How can we lose when all the resources used in elections are in our control? The cars used, schools, Police officers, candles/lights, paper materials are supplied by government and you expect us to lose, no way,” challenged Zulu.
Taking his turn, the outspoken Uladi Mussa described UDF president and 2014 torchbearer, Atupele Muluzi as a greedy kid not fit for the post of country’s president.
Mussa said currently President Banda was just finishing late Bingu wa Mutharika’s term in readiness for her full five-year term come 2014 and needed to be given time.
“This is just late Bingu’s term and our time will start in 2014. President Joyce Banda is ruling even the foreign governments are able to recognize her, so let her be. In life we all need to be satisfied with positions given, not acting like this kid (referring to Muluzi) who failed as minister because he wanted to be president. Atupele is greedy.
“We will set a bad precedence for our democracy if we allow the Muluzi and Mutharika families rule Malawi again. They are not only God given families to rule this country, if so let them show us their letter from God, but until then, Malawians will not take these two families back in government again,” Mussa said.
Mussa popularly known as ‘Change goal’ said Banda’s continuous travelling within and outside the country are part of PP’s manifesto and that the party was in the process of selling out its 2014 candidate through such roaming.
PP’s sentiments on elections come three weeks after one of the country’s weekend newspaper, Nation on Sunday released a survey which favored DPP interim president, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika as the one likely to win if elections are held today followed by young Muluzi on second and Banda on third.
President Banda has been heavily criticized by some quarters of the society for her continuous traveling, which she defended as part of her presidential duties.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :