Malawi’s ruling People’s Party (PP) has vowed to continue uttering ‘scathing’ and “personal verbal attacks” on opposition presidential hopefuls Atupele Muluzi and Peter Mutharika who are geared to challenge President Joyce Banda in 2014 tripartite elections.
PP has also maintained its claims that the young Muluzi, who is also President for opposition United Democratic Front (UDF), is ineligible to run for the presidency against President Banda because of his age.
But UDF publicity secretary Ken Ndanga has, once again, argued that Muluzi is politically mature and that on August 6 this year he would be turning 35.
Malawi’s Constitution prescribes 35 years and above as the required age to become president of the country.
Speaking in an interview monitored on Zodiak Broadcasting Services on Sunday, PP’s Uladi reiterated that Muluzi was a “toddler not fit” to be the country’s next president.
Uladi, who is also the minister of Home Affairs and Internal security, challenged UDF to bring in the open Muluzi’s original birth certificates so that Malawians should judge themselves who is making wrong claims on such a matter.
“I don’t even understand why UDF amended their constitution to allow Atupele contest for the party’s presidency when in natural fact is a toddler and ineligible to contest for the country’s presidency,” said Uladi.
When explained to him that Muluzi would be turning 35 this August, Uladi challenged ZBS’s reporter Pilirani Phiri and UDF to publicly tell Malawians Atupele’s year of birth.
“Where did you get that information? I am pretty aware that UDF is trying to insert picture that Atupele would be turning 35 this year, but in as far as I am concerned, he will not be allowed to contest because of his age.
“Unless UDF show us original birth certificates of Atupele Muluzi, PP will not stop exposing their (UDF) weaknesses for Malawians to make sound decision,” Uladi challenged.
Attack on Mutharika
He also took a swipe on widower, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) acting President Mutharika, saying he cannot make a good president because he is not married.
Uladi, a polygamist, further suggested that Mutharika should emulate from his elder brother, former president Bingu wa Mutharika who had to marry Callista Chimombo following the death of his first wife, Ethel Zyauya Mutharika.
“We are just telling Malawians that Mutharika a can never be the president because he is not married. How do you expect a president without the wife or first gentleman to execute the expected duties?
“The first lady or first gentleman is always of assistance to the president not only here but also elsewhere, even in the United State, Barrack Obama’s wife Michelle assisted and campaigned for the husband during the US general election’s campaign trail and she always play an advisory role. We expect the same here,” contended Uladi.
Activist slams hate-speeches
Meanwhile, Malawi Watch executive director Billy Banda has condemned personal attacks on Muluzi and Mutharika and “primitive” politics being advanced by the ruling party.
Banda said with only a few months before the country’s next general elections, such scathing remarks could create hatred and enmity amongst supporters of the two parties.
He urged party supporters to denounce dirty politics, calling on Malawians not tolerate parties that are advancing primitive politics.
The activist also concurred with UDF that the ruling part is trying to divert Malawians from its failure to bail out Malawians from its “harsh economic reforms” and devaluation of the Kwacha, which he said, have pushed the cost of living beyond the reach of most Malawians.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :