Written by CHADUWA DHUMAKUDE
MZUZU--If elections were held today, Peter Mutharika, the acting president of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), would be the next president of Malawi, according to a survey conducted by Nation Publications Limited.
The company's Nation on Sunday conducted the poll in the week just ended and the results released Sunday saw Mutharika leading seconded by Atupele Muluzi of the United Democratic Front (UDF), then Joyce Banda of the ruling People's Party and lastly veteran politician John Tembo of Malawi Congress Party (MCP.
“Out of the 4415 respondents, 1790 (41%) said they would vote for Mutharika, 1628 (37%) indicated preference for Atupele; 726 (16%) went for PP’s Banda, while Tembo could only go away with 271 votes, representing 6 percent of the sample.” said the paper. In reaction, when the paper sought his comment, Mutharika was excited noting from the results that people do see DPP as a very positive party.
Mutharika, who taught law in the United States before returning to Malawi to join politics, took over the leadership of DPP following the death of Pres Bingu wa Mutharika in April.
Unlike his brother, who became divisive after winning reelection in 2009 for his final five-year term, observers see Peter as more moderate.
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