Friday, August 7, 2009

Campaign hots up in Zomba, Blantyre

Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika in campaign mood...Zomba, Ndirande here I come he says. Pic by Malawi Digest.

By Emmanuel Sobilika

Campaign for by-elections in Blantyre’s City Central and Zomba-Malosa Constituencies reaches a climax this weekend, when His Excellency the State President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika invades the two areas.

This is the first time after the May 19th landslide victory that Ngwazi Mutharika returns to the campaign trail.

The weekend programme for the Malawian leader kicks-off on Saturday when the Ngwazi addresses a campaign rally at Malemia Full Primary School ground in Zomba-Malosa Constituency.

Then on Sunday, it’s the turn of Blantyre City Central constituency when Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika pays a visit to what is described by many as Malawi’s home of politics, Ndirande Township.

The Ngwazi is expected to address a mass rally at Ndirande Health Centre ground popularly known as Ndirande Hall.

The two campaign rallies by Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika this weekend, will bring fond memories to Malawians on how the State President campaigned smartly in days leading to the May 19th General Elections where he won with a landslide victory.

When the State President visits the two areas this weekend, everybody including the Ngwazi himself are expected to be in blue, the official colour for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

The usual DPP campaign of pomp and colour is expected to be seen and experienced at the two venues.

The Zomba-Malosa Constituency became vacant after the country’s Vice President Rt.Hon Madame Joyce Banda was sworn in as the country’s second in command.

In Zomba-Malosa, the DPP has Lawrence Idrissa Mpofu as the next Member of Parliament for the area replacing the Vice President who ably represented the Constituency.

People in Blantyre City Central constituency were not given the opportunity to vote for their MP with the rest of the country in May after a New Rainbow Coalition candidate died before the polls.

The man representing the DPP in Ndirande to go to Parliament is the youthful Themba Mkandawire.

Meanwhile in Ndirande, the opposition UDF party of Bakili Muluzi conceded defeat way before the polls after its candidate Ernest Maganga withdrew to support the ruling party’s candidate.

Like the May 19th elections when the UDF did not have a Presidential candidate of its own, the situation has repeated itself as the party will watch the by-elections happening without its own candidate in Ndirande.

The Malawian leader, Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika was hailed by many for campaigning in May smartly on issues of national importance other than what his rivals Bakili Muluzi and John Tembo who based their campaign hate speeches, foul language and castigation.

Although Muluzi and Tembo joined hands, Malawians rejected the duo as they have nothing new to offer the country apart from plundering the country’s meagre resources.

John Tembo, is believed to be behind the killing of many innocent Malawians during the autocratic rule of late dictator Hastings Kamuzu Banda and Bakili Muluzi his closest ally is also believed to be another person with a dark past with suspected cases ranging from smart disappearance of people from this world to theft, corruption and fraud.

Muluzi is currently answering several cases ranging from corruption, theft and misuse of public funds.

According to the State House Press Office, both rallies in Zomba and Blantyre are expected to start at 12:00 noon.

In a related development, Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika leaves the country for Maputo, Mozambique on Monday.

According to the State House, the State President is expected to depart from Chileka International Airport at 09:00am -Malawi Digest.

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