Mutharika declares to stand for re-election in 2019

Mutharika declares to stand for re-election in 2019

THYOLO (Malawi NewsNow) – Malawian President Peter Mutharika has said he is against confrontational politics, saying civil society organisations (CSOs), opposition, trade unions, the clergy and all Malawians should join his administration in nation building.

Mutharika told a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)’s rally in Thyolo on Sunday that it is now time for all Malawians to work with government for the future of the country.

He accused the opposition of focusing on attacking him at every opportunity instead of working for national building with his administration.

“If the opposition continues with that kind of politics, I assure them that they will continue to be in opposition forever,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika said he is now motivated to seek re-election in 2019 to rudely silence his competitors with a resounding victory.

“I must say here that it is because of that kind of politics  (confroational) that I have decided to contest in the elections again in 2019. I am standing,” said Mutharika.

The President also took a swipe at opinion polls and surveys carried out in newspapers, specifically one conducted in Rumphi, Salima and Thyolo by Institute of Public Opinion and Research (Ipor) of the Afrobarometer which indicated that he is not popular in Thyolo.

He said the survey which was led by political science professor Boniface Dulani was bogus and therefore not credible.

The survey said the President had a high approval rating of 59 percent but drew little trust from Malawians.

But Mutharika said people from Thyolo were not interviewed, saying he enjoys massive support in his home district which remains DPP stronghold.