Malawi President Peter Mutharika has defied calls for him to step down saying he will rule the country beyond 2019.
The president has challenged that he will defeat his opponents in the 2019 presidential elections.
Mutharika has been under pressure to resign since last year as critics pointed at his failure to end corruption and improve the country’s economy.
At the all-inclusive Public Affairs Committee (PAC) conference, some delegates called for Mutharika’s suspension.
But responding to the calls in Phalombe on Tuesday, Mutharika said no one can remove the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government from power before the end of its five-year term.
He challenged that even at the end of his current mandate in 2019, he will defeat his opponents at the polls.
“There are some people who want to remove this government, they are saying that I should step down before 2019 that can’t happen, ndizawanyenyanyenya (I will defeat them),” said Mutharika.
The president also accused his critics of ignoring the positive impact the DPP has made since retaining power in 2014.
“Others say that there is nothing which we have done, Perhaps they are blind that they can’t see that we are doing a number of works,” he said.
Mutharika was in Phalombe to lay a foundation stone at the construction site of the Phalombe District Hospital and to officially open Phalombe Teachers Training College (TTC).
Speaking on the hospital project, the Malawi leader asked Malawians to have patience since such projects take time to be completed.