Govt Spokesperson Confident Mighty DPP Will Win 2019 Polls:Accepts Defeat In By Election
Malawi government spokesman and Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi has said the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has conceded defeat in three constituencies and three Local Government wards which opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has won in five out of the six areas and ha warned MCP that come rain or sun shine DPP will emerge winner in the Presidential polls in 2019.
Dausi in an interview – sounding jovial though -after Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah declared official results at Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre on Wednesday afternoon which confirmed that voters rejected DPP, said the governing party indeed suffered a bloody nose in the pre-2019 election test.
He however said DPP had come a “decent second” to MCP in the contest.
“This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, but we will go back to the drawing board and do a soul searching so that we correct where we went wrong and not face the similar situation in the next coming Trippatite Election,” he said.
“We are accepting the painful defeat but I can confidently tell Malawians and all DPP members that we have just lost the battle and not the real war. We will come out strong in 2019 polls,” he said.
He dismissed analysts who argued that the by-elections were a litmus test for 2019 polls..
“Let me remind them that in 1999 MCP MP’s won by-elections in Mzimba but they lost miserably in the same areas during general elections so they should expect this again in 2019,” esaid Dausi.
He denied that the loss is highly embarrassing for President Peter Mutharika, who has made a series of high-profile visits to the areas in a bid to shore up the DPP vote.