By Tiyese Monjeza:
As time races towards the court ordered fresh presidential election, First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has joined the campaign trail, rallying votes for her husband President Peter Mutharika who leads the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) alliance.
Accompanied by spouse to Mutharika’s running mate Atupele Muluzi, Angela Muluzi, the first lady was at Naisi Trading Centre in Zomba on Thursday where she called on people to vote for the DPP-UDF alliance.
She said the DPP-UDF alliance comprises experienced politicians and technocrats who will continue to fight poverty and introduce programmes aimed at improving the livelihoods of rural communities.
“We were in Balaka where we had a meeting with chiefs. However, after seeing these flags [of UDF/DPP] along the road, we had to stop and address this gathering. Malawians need visionary leaders who are humble and tolerant to criticism,” Mutharika said.
She then reiterated that the DPP leadership has vast experience in improving the country’s economy.
This comes at a time when President Mutharika is yet to embark on campaign activities, with his last appearance being when he presented his nomination papers to the Malawi Electoral Commission in Blantyre three weeks ago.
Speaking at the event, National Director of Research of DPP, who is also Minister of Information Mark Botomani said the party will intensify campaign rallies all over the country.
“As a party, everyone is taking his part in reaching out to the communities to campaign and we are not leaving task to one individual as others have been speculating that it is only Atupele Muluzi who is going around lobbying for votes,’ Botomani said.
Mangochi Monkey Bay Parliamentarian, Ralph Jooma called on the party supporters to desist from acts of violence ahead of the fresh presidential election.