APM speaks out on October 17 by-elections

Written by  Austin Kakande

While acknowledging that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) made some mistakes in the running up to October 17 by-elections, President Peter Mutharika says it was wrong for the results to be taken as a yard stick for 2019 Tripartite Elections.

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Speaking exclusively to Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) in ‘Talk to the President’ program, Mutharika who is also DPP President said analysts should be mindful of the fact that only 40, 000 out of 160, 000 registered people participated in the by-elections compared to over 5 million that will vote in 2019.

Mutharika said while the opposition were able to campaign on the power outages, for instances, without offering any solution, those seeking to dislodge him from State House will have to sell a far much comprehensive and implementable plan that would be compared to that of DPP in 2019.

Said President Mutharika: “There were a number of issues the opposition were able to use. One was the issue of blackouts- and we are trying to work on that. This is a very complicated problem due to our inability, as a country, to invest in the power sector for over 50 years. We are now trying to change that. We are now investing and we have both short term and long term solutions. And again there was the issue of water, again an issue as a country we never addressed for many years. We are trying to invest in the water sector all over the country. Accumulation of these enabled the opposition to paint government as unable to do anything or that has failed to do something. That’s the campaign, but in a general election, each party comes with a manifesto. They have to come out and give a program and we will compare their programs and ours and people will decide which program is better.”

In the by-elections, the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) won in five out of the six areas that were being contested for.

Apart from the voter apathy that marred the elections, only four out of over 50 political parties contested, with only DPP and MCP contesting in all the areas.

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