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DPP must rise above retrogressive politics

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President Peter Mutharika and Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) second-coming was thought to be a beacon of hope for the eventual self-determination of the oppressed and marginalised people.

But within a short span of time, Mutharika and DPP have inserted themselves as de facto sultans, some sort of elected monarchs.

In many respects they are even worse than their predecessors.

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Their methods of governance as well as development are a reflection of lack of ethical leadership and integrity.

The DPP’s is but predatory leadership which erodes the country’s central public administration, which ends up being used for its own aggrandisement.

In order to strengthen and ensure that their leadership is secure; and also to hide their misdeeds, predatory leaders surround themselves with tribesmen or praise-singers and control the country through a combination of violence and intimidation.

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So it is not surprising that DPP supporters yesterday chased Lilongwe City Deputy Mayor Juliana Kaduya from the commissioning of Malawi National Fibre Backbone Project.

And the Lilongwe incident happened after a day when another bunch of DPP rascals on Tuesday at Comesa Hall in Blantyre during the body viewing ceremony of the late Helen Singh, attempted to block Malawi Congress Party supporters from welcoming their leader Lazarus Chakwera.

In Blantyre, the rogues threatened to deal with MCP official Ulemu Msungama who demanded a re-run in Lilongwe City South East Constituency which the Supreme Court of Appeal granted after a protracted legal battle.

A read into the two scenarios shows DPP has become intolerant which is against the tenets of a democracy which Malawi is.

Democracy provides for freedom of speech and association

And every Malawian, in theory, including DPP supporters, has the overarching duty of upholding such doctrines of a democracy.

The citizenry’s constitutional expectation is that the DPP will provide strong, steady, visionary, ethical and sacrificial leadership; that DPP will put into place informed and deliberate polices that will grow and invigorate the ailing Malawi economy and bring some measure of fiscal sense in their livelihoods.

It is high time DPP rebranded and exorcised itself of the retrogressive political culture of intolerance and violence.

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