President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has come out of his cocoon and declared a landslide victory in the forthcoming general election scheduled for 2019.
The remarks come amid criticism from various stakeholders with Public Affairs Committee (PAC) accusing him of being arrogant in the way he has handled the sale of Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) to FDH Holdings Limited owned by Thom Mpinganjira.
The state proceeded with the sale despite the National Assembly and Civil Society Organisations including Malawians objecting the move, saying it’s a daylight robbery.
In an exclusive interview with the State-controlled TV (MBCtv), Mutharika said he was grateful that most of his priorities namely foreign direct Investment, skills development, civil service reform, greenbelt revolution, cement and malata subsidy are on course.
“These priorities will grow and transform Malawi .We has delivered what we promised and we are still delivering. Therefore, I don’t see anything stopping us from winning with a landslide in 2019, “he said.
Political analysts in the country have described Mutharika’s one year rule as mixed bag, saying at times the President lacked knowledge of how to govern the country when it comes to crucial issues citing examples like the strike by Judicial Supporting staff across the country.
On its party, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) still does not regard President Mutharika as the legitimate leader, accusing him of rigging the May 20, 2014 tripartite elections.
Meanwhile many Malawians are advocating for a change in the electoral laws to avoid a reoccurrence of the challenges that marred last year’s elections.