MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera says he will cast out ‘Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) demons” if elected State President in fresh elections as directed by the Constitutional Court on Monday.
Chakwera said this on Saturday at Msundwe Police ground in Lilongwe, where he held his first rally following the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) order.
In his address, he outlined five issues, which he said he will fight to move the country forward.
“This country has not been progressing because of DPP demons. I will cast [out] the demon of lawlessness, which DPP has created. This demon should be cast out so that the country should be known as a nation that values the rule of law. Judges have already set the pace,” he said.
Added Chakwera: “The demon number two that I will cast out is hunger. We cannot be having self-created hunger and people can’t manage to kneel and beg for maize when we have all necessary resources for production of maize.”
He said the other demon he will exorcise is rampant theft, “which has paralysed the country’s economy”.
According to him, the fourth and fifth DPP demons are enmity and greed.
He told the gathering that these vices have stalled the country’s progress as they have been a recipe for disunity among Malawians.
“For the country to move forward this demon of enmity should get out. Malawians should be united. If we are holding enmity against each, what type of a country shall we have? We also need to fight greed and we need to understand that resources should not only belong to DPP…,” he said.
According to the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader, the party organised its first rally at Msundwe to side with communities whom he said faced atrocities from police officers during a police operation, last year, following the death of Superintendent Usuman Imedi.
The rally was patronised by, among others, former first gentleman Richard Banda, Freedom Party president Khumbo Kachali, Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani-Hara and First Deputy Speaker Madalitso Kazombo and some People’s Party executive members.
On his part, Kachali described the ConCourt ruling as having created a conducive environment for his party to engage an extra gear.
“The war has just begun. Come rain, come sunshine, we are going to work tirelessly until Chakwera becomes the President,” he said.
Meanwhile, as Malawians are counting down to fresh election, MCP secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka used the platform to join other electoral stakeholders in calling for the resignation of MEC chairperson Jane Ansah and her commissioners.
He said as MCP secretary general, he will not allow the current team at MEC to manage the upcoming election. Mkaka also took a swipe at the Malawi Police Service, saying the party will not allow police officers to be involved in the elections.
Since the ConCourt ruling, MCP and UTM—whose leaders were the petitioners in the case—have been in celebrations mood. As Chakwera was at Msundwe on Saturday, UTM was at Chinamwali Trading Centre in Zomba.