The triple alliance of Malawi Congress Party (MCP), People’s Party (PP) and Freedom Party (FP) stormed Chibavi Primary School ground in Mzuzu yesterday with one message that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should stop threatening opposition leaders with arrests.
MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera, who is leading the alliance, PP’s Joyce Banda and FP’s Khumbo Kachali said the governing DPP was using arrests to threaten the opposition ahead of the May 21 2019 polls.
Specifically, Banda told DPP to stop threatening her with arrests, stating: “I am waiting for CCTV footage” on her alleged involvement in the looting of public resources at Capital Hill.
Banda said she had decided to work with Chakwera because he is a kind, and capable leader who has the potential of taking Malawi out of the current economic mess.
She Said: “If I start getting afraid, what will happen to these poor women? What will happen to chiefs? I am here, and standing firm with Dr Chakwera as our candidate.”
Chakwera, apart from promising many development projects in the North, including completion of Mombera University, construction of a railway line and an airport, warned government against politics of fault-finding.
“Try to make arrests and see what Malawians will do to you. Politics of fault-finding is not what Malawians want.We don’t want that in any way! Because Joyce Banda decided not to work with them and now they want to arrest her? That’s not on!”
Meawnhile, Kachali has asked Chakwera to end the quota system of selecting students into public universities, construct the Mzuzu Youth Centre and also ensure that the face of Mzuzu changes with construction of modern buildings.
In December 2014, the government of Malawi issued a statement, in which it said it had handed over to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) a closed circuit television (CCTV) footage showing a series of meetings Banda and Cashgate convict Osward Lutepo held at State residences in Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu and Mangochi.
Capital Hill wanted the ACB to carry out further investigation and scrutiny so that they might later make an independent decision on whether the footage and registers could be used in court as evidence in Cashgate cases.
Banda withdrew from the presidential race in the May 21 polls, and instead opted to support Chakwera.