Inspecting several ongoing key projects in the Lower Shire districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje, a jovial Mutharika who was buoyed by large turn-out of supporters during the whistle stops, said a president is elected on the ballot and not through street demos.
“Demos don’t elect a president,” he said. You don't win through the courts, you win through ballots," the President said.
“People voted for me. You will not take over government through demos. I won’t accept that,” the Malawi leader, who won by nearly 153,000 votes in the May 21 presidential polls, said.
“Some people who failed want to destroy this country,” the Malawi leader, who vanquished his main rival Lazarus Chakwera of MCP with 153, 000 votes, added.
Mutharika’s vice president for four years, Saulos Chilima, came third with over one million votes.
Both Chilima and Chakwera have petitioned the constitutional court seeking nullification of the presidential vote only. The elections case is being held by a panel of five judges.
Mutharika, who has vowed to continue developing the country to end poverty, said the opposition should wait for 2024 to be elected into office if they have sound and good ideas how to develop the country.
He said his administration was trying hard to close the gap between the rich and the poor, saying Malawi was on number 10 out of 46 countries which are working towards achieving this goal.
The Malawi leader disclosed that a total of K8 billion will be set aside in the new budget for the youths and women to get start-up capital to venture into various small businesses to empower them.
He said once the revolving fund gets underway, it will be important for loan beneficiaries to pay back debts, condemning the culture of not paying back loans for others to benefit from the same.
This, he said, will be done to end poverty and empower Malawians to help them eke out a living.