Home Affairs minister Uladi Mussa has taken a swipe at presidential aspirants of the 2014 tripartite elections for United Democratic Front (UDF) Atupele Muluzi and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Peter Mutharika, saying the presidency is not about selfish family interests but about a national agenda.
Speaking at the rally President Joyce Banda addressed at Nancholi in Blantyre on Friday, Mussa claimed Peter Mutharika and Atupele Muluzi wants to be at Plot Number One merely because their families produced presidents of the country and them (Atupele and Mutharika) got used to being in power.
“What have they done to deserve the presidency,” wondererd Mussa. “When did they join politics; look, this other one (Atupele) joined politics in 2004 just straight from college and this other one (Peter) joined politics in 2009.”
“When you ask them why they are running for Malawi presidency, they will tell you because my father was president and the other one says because my brother was president.”
He added: “You should not vote for them. Malawi presidency isn’t about family business, it’s about national agenda.”
Mussa advised: “ If you dare make that mistake to vote [Atupele and Mutharika], they will continue from the K1.7 billion kwacha (Bakili) stopped and the much talkd K61 billion (by late Pres. Bingu Wa Mutharika).”
He then said the People’s Party has the best presidential candidate in Joyce Banda because she went through he ladders before she became the president.
“And I would love to believe that Malawians will maintain the precedent that we have set with all President’s during the multiparty system of government by giving them full 10-year terms.
“We gave Dr. Bakili Muluzi a full 10-year mandate. We repeated this with Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika. But God said he should not go beyond 8 years. Therefore, Dr. Joyce Banda will also have her full 10-year mandate. There is no reason to change this practice,” he said.
Malawi will hold elections in May next year.