Zikhale declares north the home of PP: Warns Malawi opposition

The governing Peoples Party (PP) of has claimed that people of the north have closed the region to other political parties saying they should not waste time campaigning in the region because they will be embarrassed come 2014.

PP’s Deputy Campaign Director Dr Zikhale Ng’oma said this during a public rally at Tukombo Primary School in Nkhata Bay saying other political parties should not even try to disturb PP’s popularity in the region.

“In this day and age who can vote for the DPP, UDF, MCP or other parties? If you vote for anything else apart from PP then you will embarrass us Tongas because it is our Mukumwana  (Daughter-in-law who is running this country,” said Zikhale Ng’oma, a self-praised political strategist.

Zikhale also paid tribute to the late Aleke Banda, who at one time was MP for the area, saying he was a great son of the soil.

Zikhale; The north is the home of PP
Zikhale; The north is the home of PP

The former President Bingu wa Mutharika’s right hand man also claimed that the northern region will give Peoples Party President Joyce Banda 96 percent of the votes in the forthcoming 2014 elections.

The Northern Region of Malawi has a population 1,698,502 according to the2008 housing and population census and covers an area of 26,931 km². While Malawi has 3.5 million registered voters.

Zikhale also hailed President Banda for the recovery of the country’s economy, saying late Mutharika ruined the economy despite being an economist.

A few days ago National Bank of Malawi (NBM) said the Malawi economy is slowly healing with the local currency, the Malawi kwacha, showing signs of stabilization on account of weak demand for foreign exchange.

In addition, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasted Malawi’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate next year at 6.1 percent, which represents a 4.1 percentage points higher than the growth rate attained in 2012.

“We expect the economy to pick up any time because President Banda has brought hope to Malawians. Rising inflation is normal in a country where the currency is floating,” Zikhale claimed.

Malawi Government last year (2012) floated the Kwacha and introduced an automatic pricing mechanism on fuel in a bid to revive the country’s ailing economy.

Former opposition leader Kamlepo Kalua, who defected to PP, said Malawi has made democratic gains under the leadership of President Banda.

“Since Joyce Banda became President, she has repealed many undemocratic laws such section 46 and the Police Act. People now hold demonstrations without fear of either being arrested or killed,” Kalua said.

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