Soon after it transpired on Thursday that Malawians will vote on June 23, a week earlier than the initially suggested July 2 date, the three presidential candidates and their running-mates raised the campaign hit a notch on Saturday.
The nine-party Tonse Alliance presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera, who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, stormed Dowa and Kasungu districts while his running mate, UTM leader Saulos Chilima was on the campaign trail in Dedza.
With President Peter Mutharika yet to start campaigning as the torch-bearer for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) alliance, his running mate Atupele Muluzi, who leads UDF, and DPP campaign director Everton Chimulirenji, were at the popular Masintha ground in Lilongwe canvassing support from the Central Region.
Our efforts to interview third presidential candidate Peter Kuwani of Mbakuwaku Movement for Development (MMD) on how his campaign trail proved futile as we could not get a response on his line.
But recently, he said, in the wake of the novel coronavius, he would campaign using modern technology in respect of medical advice that social distancing be observed to help curb the spread of the virus.
All other meetings on Saturday, including by other party cadres across the country, drew thousands of people, apparently throwing the Covid-19 advice to the dogs.