Opposition political parties on Sunday held their respective political rallies peacefully, a week after similar meetings were marred by violence raising fresh questions on democratic maturity in the country.
Main opposition, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera together with other smaller parties outside parliament were at Nyambadwe ground whilst Peoples Party (PP) acting president Uladi Mussa and his colleagues were at Makheta all in Blantyre.
There were no incidents of violence as was the case in Mzuzu last week.
Addressing the PP supporters, Mussa took a swipe at the government for indecisiveness which has led to many Malawians experiencing biting hunger.
“The government could have bought the maize last year. They knew that we have El Niño and we will not have food well in advance but look now, they are buying the maize this year. My foot! This indecisiveness is costing people’s lives,” said Mussa but fell short of echoing repeated calls for the Peter Mutharika administration to step down.
He said three ministers of Agriculture Allan Chiyembekeza, Finance Goodall Gondwe and Health Peter Kumpalume have failed Malawians because their ministries have since performed badly as they failed to take sound decisions to deal with huge problems affecting Malawians.
Mussa warned if the government continues to slip, the country will plunge into more problems.
However, in Mzimba, two senior cabinet ministers were patting the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government for swiftly implementing its campaign promises saying this was extraordinary.
Information minister Jappie Mhango singled out the public sector reform process, community colleges and malata and cement subsidy programme as clear examples of the government fulfilment of its party manifesto.
He therefore asked people to rally behind the Mutharika government and must not be misled by the opposition.
Speaking at the same Jenda DPP rally, Minister of Sports and Culture Grace Chiumia urged the youth to snub people when they offer money to cause violence – apparently the DPP is the one accused of giving out money to thugs to wield pangas and attack critics. The party dismisses the accusations
The youthful minister also urged the youth to take education seriously saying it is their future.
Mhango is organising secretary of the DPP whilst Chiumia is deputy secretary general of the party.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :