DPP preaches tolerance in north Malawi
BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has advised its local leaders in the northern region to stick to violence free and issue-based campaign in preparation for the forthcoming fresh presidential election.
Speaking in Mzuzu during an interface meeting with the party’s local leaders in the region, DPP’s Secretary General, Greselder Jeffrey urged supporters to lead the way in conducting the campaign without violence.
“This is the time for us to start selling to people our development agenda rather than wasting time in propagating political violence or hate speeches.
“People will vote for us if we address development issues which they face in their localities,” said Jeffrey as quoted by Mana.
She asked opposition political parties to emulate the gesture set by the governing party to also urge their supporters to stick to issue based campaign.
“President Peter Mutharika is a mature president who is peace loving and always preaches peace as evidenced by his calmness despite provocations from the opposition front. As a nation, we need to have such leaders for continued development of the country,” she said.
DPP Regional Governor for the north, Christopher Mzomera Ngwira urged the party’s leaders at both district and constituency levels to mobilize people to vote for President Peter Mutharika in the fresh poll.
“We need you people to help the president win this election by making sure that you intensify your campaigns. These positions you were given were not just given for nothing, you need to help the party to mobilize more votes so that we triumph,” said Ngwira.
Present at the meeting included, DPP Vice President for the north, Goodall Gondwe, DPP treasurer general, Jappie Mhango, DPP member Leston Mulli and the party’s former regional governor for the north, Kenneth Sanga.
Ironically, Atupele Muluzi, who is the running mate for President Peter Mutharika, was recently accused of making disgust remarks against the people from the central region during his whistle-stop tour rallies in Chiradzulu.
Muluzi told the gathering, the Muslims in particular, not to vote for Malawi Congress Party alleging that its supporters brutally murdered police officer from Mangochi because of the mere fact that he was a Muslim during the anti-Jane Ansah protests organized by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I am a Muslim. Some ten months ago, some group of people descended on a police officer Sergeant Imedi. They shouted you are a Muslim from Mangochi and lynched him to death. Would you trust leaders championing this to take over government?” said Muluzi.
The party also unleashed terror on UTM supporters during the voter registration in the Lhomwe belt, which is indisputably the party’s stronghold.