Sidik Mia’s decision to return to active politics by joining Malawi Congress Party (MCP) seems to have rattled the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which has launched attacks on the new MCP member.
Mia who is taken as a political giant from Shire Valley is noted to have given fever to the ruling DPP as top party officials have started criticising MCP and Mia in particular.
A week after Mia joined MCP, DPP organized a political rally to counter the one that MCP held to welcome Mia.
Though DPP spokesperson Francis Kasaila disclosed that they had planned to have a rally at Shire Valley before Mia’s move, speeches at the ruling party’s rally showed that the business tycoon is now a thorn in the fresh of DPP.
Kasaila claimed that MCP has no popularity in the Shire Valley hence the use of influential musician Lucius Banda to have people in large numbers at the rally.
“Anthu anavina, kuvina eeeh mpaka kutopa, ngati mungafuse anthu akuuzani kuti Lucius Banda sanapiteko ku Ngabu, anthu amasatila kuvinako ikazafika nthawi yovota azavotela chitukuko (people danced until they were tired. If you ask people they will tell you that they went to see Lucius Banda since he has never been to Ngabu but during elections they will vote for development [DPP]) ” said Kasaila on local press.
He also branded Mia as a recycled politician who wants to spearhead his ambitions and not the needs of Malawians.
Speakers at the DPP rally in the Shire Valley claimed that Mia influenced MCP using his “money” since he want to become the country’s vice president.
MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera was also not spared from the attacks as the DPP officials faulted him for allowing Mia join the party.
Some officials repeated DPP President, Peter Mutharika’s remarks that Chakwera is “a new Judas Iscariot who has sold MCP for K200 million”.
The tension between the country’s two major parties has begun with just under two years before Malawi goes to polls.
As days go closer for ordinary Malawians to be very important in the eyes of politicians, the verbal wars are expected to intensify.