The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has come under fire from major opposition parties in the country mainly for meddling into the affairs of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the former ruling People’s Party (PP).
On Sunday, President Peter Mutharika hit at the MCP and accused it of mistreating the party’s vice president, Richard Msowoya, whom he said is a noble man.
Similar sentiments were echoed by DPP’s Secretary General Greselder Jeffrey in Chitipa yesterday where she said the political romance between the PP and the MCP is parasitic and destructive.
Jeffrey was speaking at the official commissioning of the Karenge Water Supply Project by the Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) which Mutharika presided over.
She hinted that the MCP existing leadership vacuum in the PP by poaching a number of its senior members and that the PP should brace for a rude awakening in future.
“There is a budding alliance between the MCP and the PP which I want to assure Malawians that it is up to no good. It is a parasitic affair with MCP preying on the desperate children that Joyce Banda left behind before going into the self-imposed exile,” Jeffrey said.
She added that Sidik Mia and Mzuzu Mayor, William Mkandawire’s, move to the green camp do not shake the DPP, arguing its mere scare tactic by the main opposition party.
But MCP’s Deputy Secretary General, Eisenhower Mkaka, expressed surprise at the DPP’s continued meddling in his party’s affairs and asked Mutharika to concentrate on running his party.
He said with support of other opposition parties, the MCP helped Msowoya ascend to his position at Parliament and that they continue to render the necessary support for his success.
“It’s surprising that the whole State President is interested in matters to do with the MCP and we don’t expect him to meddle in our affairs. This shows that he is afraid of the party,” Mkaka said.
Likening the situation to the American politics, Mkaka said the more the DPP vilifies the MCP, the more popular it becomes on the grassroots.
“Remember what happened to [Donald] Trump, he was covered in a very negative way by everyone around, but Americans still voted for him. So, we can only look at the gains from this persecution our party is suffering at the hands of the DPP,” he said.
On his part, PP Administrative Secretary, Joseph Chikwemba, refuted the allegations that his party is in an alliance with the MCP but stressed that they share a common agenda.
Chikwemba said with one leader of opposition in Parliament, members of the two parties are free to grace each other’s rallies which is also in line with the constitutional freedom of association.
“As a lawmaker, the DPP SG should be the first to understand the laws that govern political parties. People are free to join parties of their choice, after all, the PP and MCP have different ideologies. But politically speaking, we have one common enemy and one common mission which is to give Malawians hope,” Chikwemba said.
However, political analyst from Livingstonia University, George Phiri, has warned that party leaders need to exercise caution when commenting on other parties’ affairs if the electorate is to take them seriously.
During the Chitipa event, former Chairperson for the Karonga District Council, Patrick Kishombe, defected from the PP to the DPP, while Chitipa South legislator, Werani Chilenga (PP), pledged to work with the DPP government.
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