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Why Malawi President Mutharika’s DPP is a hard nut to crack?

By Kelvin Sulungwe

This is an overview of one of the Maravi Post contributors on how is analysing current political atmosphere ahead of Malawi Election case verdict as the constitutional court resumes on December 19.

Kelvin Sulungwe writes;…

My main thoughts today….

Forget what I have written or asked in my previous posts. What I wanted to say is, governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of president Peter Mutharika created a system that will require serious planning and work to remove.

It is not the demonstrations or Fresh Elections that can remove DPP from power. Those are simply pointers to take you there. They can only cripple but not kill their system.

You will wonder that in 2012 when President Bingu died, Peoples Party (PP) took over but failed miserably to reclaim what they had inherited by chance. Do not think that they did not try. They did, but like I said, they were simply a fraction of people fighting with a vast system.

As a result, DPP bounced back to power and they are in power up to date. Chances are there they will continue to be.

I take you back to May, 2019. We all said they had weaker candidates in President Mutharika and Veep Everton Chimulirenji. We all know the stunts they pulled. They are still in power. Do not let your excitement of Fresh Elections mislead you, they can also win.

The system that DPP created is very powerful. It is bigger than individuals. Believe you me, another one can stand on DPP ticket other than ‘Mutharika’ and they will make it.

Look at what happened to people who left this system prior to May 2019, they are all out of power, not even one claimed a single position both at a party or individual levels. Their own system which they helped to build fought them.

Through Mlakho (sp) wa Alhomwe, DPP has managed to reign over Malawi. Today, when a child is born in Thyolo, that child grows up thinking of DPP only. The roots go deeper in their hearts. It is a tribal card so strong. Part of the game.

Then we have those we call cadets. Unfortunately, you have a very poor knowledge of cadets. You like to refer to those useless boys who will paint themselves blue and carry some panga knives, those are not cadets. They are simply stunt boys who can do that for any party.

Let me tell you who real cadets are.

You are on the wrong side of the law and you are a political threat, ACB will pounce on you. Who runs ACB?

You are a business man failing to pay taxes and you happen to be a relative of an opposition leader, you hear MRA has closed your shop. Who runs MRA?

You want help with security issues and run to Police, they tell you they have to consult their bosses. Who are the top bosses?

You want financial help and decide to seek a loan from the bank, take a look, who is controlling our financial institutions?

You will stay with blackout for 4 years, but its one year to elections, Malawi has power all day, every day. Who runs the sector?

We can give these examples all day and you will realise that the system identifies cadets for you. People with the last say. People you run to. People you are waiting for to get answers for your welbeing.

They control just everything including the very same weapons you feel you can use to fight them and you expect them to hand you over power just by the words of Timothy Mtambo?

But how do you remove such a system? Science has the answer.

…………….Views expressed in this article are not necessarily the views of the Publisher or the Editor of Maravi Post.

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  1. “But how do you remove such a system? Science has the answer.”

    Ummmmmm … errrrrrrr … ooooooooooo.

    OK, I am not a scientist, so have to give up. What is the answer?

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