Lilongwe: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) women Thursday said President Peter Mutharika is a capable and a legitimate candidate for the DPP for the coming 2019 tripartite elections.
This follows recent statements by former first Lady, Callista Mutharika claiming the incumbent president is over aged and not fit to lead the DPP in the coming elections and should pave way for his Vice Dr Saulos Chilima to head the party.
DPP Deputy Publicity Secretary, Zeria Chakale during a press conference held at the DPP secretariat in Lilongwe said APM is capable and legitimate to lead the party, adding anyone thinking otherwise is misplaced and ill-minded.
As women who are guided by a democrat, a lawyer, a wise and dynamic leader Prof. Mutharika; we consider such sentiments as a personal opinion made on their capacity as a Malawians living in a democratic country. Therefore such sentiments have no effect in our party
But: Our President has never announced that he is not standing again in 2019 or that he is not delivering his manifesto promises because of his age. And in fact, anyone suggesting the contrary is misplaced and ill-minded, she said.
Chakale said women in the DPP are in support of Mutharika’s candidature saying both the DPP and the country’s constitutions legitimize a second term in office for the president.
She said the President has a cordial working relationship with Chilima which should not be put to test.
According to her, the team has and continues to deliver on many of its meaningful developmental promises made to Malawians despite various oppositions and challenges from various quarters.
We want to assure the President and his vice that women in DPP will not allow anyone to divide the party and we will always make sure that we work together towards the 2019 tripartite elections and win with landslide, Deputy Publicity Secretary said.
Chakale advised women to support the president and his vice and to desist from making demeaning statements towards the country’s and party leadership.
She asked women avoid engaging in behaviors that would provoke others and also dent their own images in the process.
We appeal to our leaders to continue making sure that the mighty DPP is strong at all levels and remains united as we prepare for the tripartite elections, Chakale pointed out.
Director of Women for DPP in the south, Bertha Nachuma, her eastern counterpart Elube Kandeu, Deputy Director of Women for DPP in the North, Lillian Nyirenda and DPP Deputy Organizing Secretary for the centre, Rose Beni.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA