President Professor Peter Mutharika on Saturday reiterated that he would contest for presidential seat under the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ticket in the 2019 tripartite elections.
Mutharika was speaking on Saturday at Chigumula Township in Blantyre on his way to Muloza in Mulanje where he held a political rally.
The president said he was not ready to leave the presidential seat anytime soon and advised those hatching ambitions to lead the party and vying for the hottest seat of the land to wait until 2024 when he would step down.
He said after the demise of the late and former President Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika he promised party followers and Malawians to lead the DPP party until 2024.
“I would like to tell you that I will stand for the presidential seat in 2019. Don’t listen to some disgruntled members who want to bring confusion in the party.The Malawian leader, therefore, said he would only rest after he has fulfilled his role and promises that he made in 2012.
“I will lead this country for 10 years as stipulated in the Constitution. I know some disappointed members are using the Vice President to frustrate our efforts to develop the country, but I will not accept that,” Mutharika said.
Mutharika also urged DPP supporters to stand firm and usher the party into power again during the 2019 tripartite elections.
Mutharika, however, warned those who were insulting him that he would use Section 4 Sub-section 18 of the Constitution to silence such misguided people once and for all.“I want to continue with the development projects the DPP initiated with late Bingu and the ones being implemented by my government,” Mutharika added.
“I am sick and tired of the insults and if they don’t stop I will use article 4 which gives me the power to take any action,” the president warned.
Member of Parliament for Blantyre South East, Victor White Mbewe assured president Mutharika that come 2019 people of Blantyre would vote for the DPP.
“We have witnessed a number of development projects since you ascended to power. Construction of new roads, technical colleges and new markets are some of the developments we have witnessed and we are proud of that. Therefore, as a way of paying back we will vote you back into power,” Mbewe said.
Meanwhile, President Mutharika has appealed to Malawians to vote for the DPP come May 2019.