The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) have been urged to make sure they appeal to Malawians from all regions if they are to have a serious battle in the 2019 elections.
Reacting to the low turnout of people at an MCP rally held at Nyambadwe school grounds in Blantyre on Sunday, one of the country’s political commentators said the two parties should stop practicing regional politics.
The political commentator, Lyson Sibande said it is high time the MCP had a strong support on the national level.
“I think the disaster MCP experienced in Blantyre confirms how regional the party is and the need to rethink the strategy on breaking the regional barrier. As long as the regional barrier stands along the way, I can prophesy that MCP will come second in 2019 and they will accuse the winner of rigging,” he said.
Sibande further said that the DPP is also slowly becoming a regional party and that will work to its disadvantage in the long run.
According to the analyst, DPP was a national party in 2009 when it won the general elections with a landslide victory.
However, the party begun to drift into a regional party and had a narrow escape in 2014 Elections.
He said: “the DPP just like MCP must rethink a nationalising strategy otherwise they are both faced with an uncertain future and anything competitive that can spring up with a national force, can overtake both parties.”