July 19, 2017 by Staff Reporter
President Prof Peter Mutharika arrived back from Blantyre Tuesday afternoon in a buoyant political mood declaring that he is geared up for 2019 which he described as ‘mine.’
President Mutharika was in the Southern Region where among other engagements he presided together with the American pop start Madonna over the opening of the Mercy James Paedtriatic Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.
Addressing a mass gathering of his ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members and officials at Biwi Triangle in Lilongwe, President Mutharika said the DPP was the last party standing saying the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has been sold out to a “businessman from Chikhwawa”.
Mutharika said that whatever was left of MCP had been sold out at a MK 200 million price the same way Jesus Christ was sold by Judas.
He said: “MCP leadership is now under the armpits of a business man from Chikhwawa, and PP’s [Peoples Party] leader left the country for America a very long time ago. DPP is now officially the last standing party ahead of the forthcoming 2019 polls.”
Mutharika also countered critics who accused his government of failing the country through incompetent economic management and poor governance saying signs of the country’s economic recovery were all over.
“And some people held a rally in Chikhwawa where they alleged that tobacco sales were going at lower prices and yet this is by far the best year for tobacco sales in all the auction floors,” he countered.
Mutharika has since called for intra-party unity with his DPP saying it was through unity that the party would pull through the 2019 elections.
Also present at the rally was Vice President, Dr. Saulos Chilima to whom Mutharika said; “You are my son; don’t listen to what people say.”
Speaking at the event earlier, Chilima pledged full support to Mutharika and the party saying he was ready to fight for the party to the end.
DPP Secretary General, Greselder Jeffrey, and the party’s Regional Governor for the Center, Dean Josaya Banda took turns in assuring their leader that victory in 2019 was inevitable.-MANA