DPP vows to win next election to save Malawi

√Analysts belleve DPP needs more to win public trust

Former rulling party, embattled Democratic Progressive Party-DPP thinks it will not only contest in next year’s election but also win.

Vice President for DPP in the northern region, Jappie Mhango made the remarks at Kazengo primary school ground in Mzimba district on Sunday 7th July 2024.

He maintains currently Malawi has a president in Lazarus Chakwera but has no leader, citing the alleged lost direction the country has taken with myriad challenges and unfulfilled campaign promises.

“We are now in Bagamoyo, a very bad place I am coming back. We will win again in 2025. We once did it and we will do it again,” said Mhango.

He also took a swipe at President Chakwera, who is also Malawi Congress Party-MCP leader, for allegedly governing using violence and intimidation on DPP supporters.

He made reference to the hacking of some DPP supporters in Lilongwe over two months ago by unknown thugs.

But some political analysts think former rulling needs more things to win back public trust and help it’s warring Democratic Progressive Party-DPP return to power in 2025.

For instance, Wonderful Mkhutche doesn’t think it’s easy for Malawians to fully trust DPP will be the much expected Messiah.

“Although Tonse Alliance has performed dismally, but for the voters to go back to DPP or Peter Mutharika, that is something hard to believe. Peter Mutharika’s candidacy will only strengthen the party in the short term looking at the divisions they have”, argues Mkhutche.

Another governance commentator, Victor Chipofya tips Mutharika and the DPP to do a serious soul searching in what they have differently after being sent packing three years ago.

Chipofya explains: “It’s been barely three years since Malawians voted him and DPP out of government. The question should be what has changed between then and now to say that Malawians still want Peter Mutharika to come back in power come 2025?

However, a governance expert with the Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences-MUBAS, Andrew Kaponya tells the DPP to prioritize democracy despite the glaring factions still haunting the party.

But the Chakwera troops have mostly rubbished him; saying he left broken systems that this administration is currently struggling to fix for creation of a better Malawi for all.

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