People’s Party (PP) supporters in Zomba have been urged to desist from violence and concentrate on issue-based politics to develop the country.
PP deputy national campaign director Lawrence Denezio Bisika said this at a rally he addressed on Sunday at Thundu Primary School ground in the district.
His call came after PP supporters nearly clashed with their United Democratic Front (UDF) counterparts at Jokala on the Zomba-Liwonde Road on the day.
UDF supporters were coming from a rally at Songani addressed by the party’s presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi.
President Joyce Banda’s son Roy Kajuwe Kachale’s convoy and PP supporters were coming from the opposite direction from a rally in Zomba-Malosa Constituency when they encountered the UDF supporters.
But Bisika said his party cherishes politics of development and urged the supporters to vote for candidates who can help develop their areas.
Said Bisika: “Vote for people who are development-oriented during the May 20 Tripartite Elections. All the contesting political parties are making promises that will entice the people to vote for them in government. But the current government has managed to put the economy back on track, among others.”
He welcomed 170 people who defected from UDF, a development which he described as “a clear indication that the Joyce Banda leadership has taken the country in the right direction.”