President Professor Peter Mutharika has described people opposing his candidature in the 2019 tripartite elections as a bunch of disgruntled members of the party who fell out of his favour.
“Those against me have their own problems. Some were booted out as Cabinet Ministers while others wanted business and contractual opportunities from government. They wanted money from me,” said Mutharika.
Mutharika was speaking on Saturday during a whistle stop tour in Thyolo and Lunchenza Town on his way to Mitawa Primary School in Mulanje where he addressed a political rally.
The Malawian leader said his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) would soon call for a convention where members of the party would choose presidential candidate and leader of the party.
He said it was surprising that those against him didn’t want a convention as claimed earlier on: “What do they want from us then. What are they afraid of? They know I will defeat them massively,” said Mutharika.
The president also announced that his party would conduct primaries throughout the country to find the party’s parliamentary and Local Government representatives at the 2019 polls.
Mutharika, however, asked those against the party and to quit as the party was democratic enough to respect their decisions.
Speaking earlier, Traditional Authority Mchiramwela and Sub Traditional Authority Ndalama at Thyolo and Lunchenza respectively, said chiefs in the district were behind Mutharika.
Both Mchiramwera and Ndalama thanked the DPP – led government for elevating the chiefs and considering raising their remuneration.
“We have the tools to be used in the general elections in 2019. We have the Makwasa – Thekerani Road, the Thyolo Office Complex and new stadium projects that people have to thank you for through the ballot,” said Mchiramwela.