Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Peter Mutharika yesterday told party officials not to attack officials of other parties, but rather concentrate on issues they will implement once voted to power.
Mutharika made the call during the launch of the party’s campaign and manifesto in the Southern Region, which attracted thousands of people.
His remarks came after a number of the party’s officials that spoke before him attacked President Joyce Banda and her government’s purported failures during the two years she has been in power.
“Let’s have a clean campaign, tell the people what we intend to do. Let them attack us but never retaliate because the DPP is a civilised party,” said Mutharika.
He reminded the people that he, together with former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika have suffered a lot of attacks, but he never retaliated.
“Ndata Farm is currently in a dilapidated state and every time he is attacked on political reasons. I appeal to the President (Joyce Banda) to leave him and his children alone because they have suffered enough,” said Mutharika.
He also dismissed Banda’s claim that he found empty government coffers when she took over government, wondering where the money people stole in the Cashgate scandal came from.
Before the rally, Mutharika signed an MOU expressing commitment that he will provide functional, accessible and profitable markets to farmers if he comes into power.
Oxfam faciliated the signing of the MOU meant to provide predictable, predetermined, and focused value chain-based markets as is the case with the tobacco.
—Additional reporting by Mercy Malikwa, Staff Reporter