As the ruling DPP steps up its campaign for parliamentary by elections in Mchinji West, Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima has appealed to the opposition to talk issues not petty politics.
Speaking on Monday when he addressed a campaign rally at Magawa Secondary school ground at Kamwendo in Mchinji, Chilima said it seemed the opposition had run out of issues and instead they think the looming hunger crisis is a campaign tool.
Malawi has had natural disasters in the form of floods and dry spells back to back in 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, a development that has seen government working hard to respond to 6.5 million affected people.
But Chilima said the matter at hand was a serious matter and took a swipe at the opposition for taking it as a campaign arsenal.
“You don’t go around mocking people about their poverty or predicament. Let’s tackle serious issues without dragging in politics. After all, we are in control and we have roled up a response plan which is already under way. Admarc markets are also opening shortly,” said Chilima who is also Minister for Disaster Management Affairs.
Turning to the rally, Chilima appealed to the people of Mchinji West to vote for a DPP candidate, Stephano Kamwani.
“Please use the opportunity to bring one of your own to Parliament so that we can work together to bring development here in Mchinji South. Do the right thing and send Mr. Kwamwani to Parliament,” appealed the VP to hundreds of people who turned up.
At the same rally, a former lawmaker Teresa Mwale who ditched DPP to join MCP sometime back announced that she had rejoined the party and vowed to bolster the campaign trail.
Making a brief statement, Mwale appealed to all her followers to vote for the DPP candidate.
Several Ministers including Henry Mussa, Patricia Kaliati, Samuel Tembenu and other party top gurus like Secretary General Ecklen Kudontoni and Regional Governor Dean Josaya Banda joined Chilima at the rally.