The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leadership has clung to the #Operation_Landslide tag.
Under this, the party claims it will win the 2019 elections with a landslide.
Several officials in the party are in the media daily furthering this tag with Minister of Transport Jappie Mhango claiming on the podium today that the Northern Region has joined the course for the party’s sought landslide victory next year.
Mhango rang the claim at the official opening of Mzuzu – Nkhatabay road in Nkhatabay district.
His claim was supported by the idea that Mutharika has spearheaded various developmental projects in the region.
He says this is also despite having top notch position bearers from the North citing four Ministers and the Attorney General before Mutharika added the names of Chief Justice and Deputy Inspector of Police to the people he has appointed from the region.
According to Mhango, Mutharika has with these demonstrations showed that he cares for the Northern Region and that the people from the region will vote for no one apart from him.
The DPP faces stiff competition from opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), People’s Party and the probable movement which is being aligned to vice President Saulos Chilima who announced days ago he is to contest in the May 2019 elections – this just a month after he had announced he is leaving the DPP.
A faction emerged within the party urging Mutharika to step down heavily making claims he is aged and that Chilima would execute the roles of the position better.
But Mutharika threw out the idea and he went unopposed at the party’s convention last week in Blantyre.
Mhango’s claims on the Northern Region being at the heart of Mutharika go against the accusations of nepotism the president’s regime has faced. He is accused by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) of favoring the Southern Region specifically the Lhomwe belt where he comes from.