The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has described its loss in the October 2017 by-elections as a blessing.
The party has said the loss was an opportunity to clear the mess within the party before 2019 polls.
The sentiments come at a time when critics have warned the party that a defeat in the by elections is a sign of what will happen in the 2019 elections.
But DPP spokesperson Francis Kasaila said the loss is a blessing in disguise as it will help the party to clear its image to the public.
“Ndimwayi ndithu chifukwa chatipasa mpata kuunika kuona kuti ndipati pamalakwika (It is luck because we now have a chance to know where we made mistakes).
“Mulungu watikondera kuti tiluze by-elections kusiyana ndi general elections (God has favoured to lose the by-elections rather than general elections) said Kasaila.
Kasaila further challenged opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) that the DPP will win the general elections in 2019.
“Iyi inali friendly match, ife yathu ndi league yomwe titenge (This was just a friendly match, we will win the league,” he said.
The 17 October by-elections were held in three wards and three constituencies and the DPP emerged victorious in only one ward.