Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) President Peter Mutharika has confessed the that party faced an impossible task to upstage the Tonse Alliance in the 2020 fresh elections, saying the loss was a reality.
This is the first time he has admitted of losing in 2020 Court ordered election, Mutharika who did not concede defeat in June 2020 said the votes that made President Lazarus Chakwera win came from his former deputy Saulos Chilima who ditched the DPP to form the UTM.
“Those of you who claim DPP lost because of me are far from reality. I won more votes in 2020 than in 2019. I got 40%. In 2019 I had 38%. Chilima had 20% and Lazarus Chakwera had 35%. If you add Chilimas vote it makes it 55%,” charged Mutharika.
“There was no way we could win with this coalition that was put together. Those who say we lost elections due to Muntharika, ooh Mutharika ndi woyipa. That’s stupid,” ranted Mutharika.
He said it was his duty to rebuild the party but did not indicate whether he will run he elections or not but urged the party to elect leaders “with substance and merit” to develop Malawi.
He said the DPP review process had been completed and the party’s National Governance Council was expected to approve them before a convention later this year.
Mutharika said the DPP was poised to retake power from Tonse.
All the four presidential hopefuls to succeed Mutharika attended the dinner dance with Joseph Mwanamvenkha and Dalitso Kabambe donating K5 million each to the event. Others are Bright Msaka and Leader of Opppostion Kondwani Nankhumwa.
Others who donated included controversial Jerusalem Bible School owner Richard Gadama, a Timothy Sukali and vice presidential hopeful Alfred Gangata.