The parade, which started from the party’s Southern Region headquarters in Sunnyside, Blantyre, through Victoria Avenue, the Green Jones Road-Haile Sellassie Road to Presidential Drive going to Sanjika Palace, was led by Vice President Everton Chimulirenji and attended by thousands of DPP supporters, clad in their party colors.
Addressing the mammoth gathering at the second gate of Sanjika Palace, President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika expressed gratitude that members of his party have celebrated their victory in a peaceful manner.
“You have not vandalized any property. You have not injured anyone. This is how people shoud be holding demonstrations of any kind.
“I am not against peaceful demonstrations. I am against vandalizing public and private property in the name of demonstrations. You free to demonstrate against me or anybody as much as you want as long as you do so peacefully. But if you resort to violence in the demonstrations, I will come after you and you will be answerable,” said President Mutharika.
The Malawi leader also echoed the international observers’ conclusion that the May 21 elections were free, fair and transparent.
“And all these opposition leaders did not fail to win because of tippex. They failed because they had no marketable idea before Malawians. And I can promise them that they will continue making noise forever because DPP is running government up to 2084,” he said.
In his remarks, vice president Chimulirenji said while the opposition is making noise following their lose, there is a silent majority that will speak again in 2024.
Also addressing the gathering, both Homeland Security Minister Nicholas Dausi and DPP Secretary General Grezeldar Jeffrey said, through the march, DPP has proved once more that it is the most peaceful party in the country.
“Even the DPP cadets have exercised restraint. This is all because our president is the most tolerant leader Malawi has ever had,” said Jeffrey.