Speaking on Saturday at Zomba State Lodge during the 2018 DPP Eastern Region fundraising luncheon, President Mutharika said DPP has survived situations that had the potential to sink it, but the party rose against all odds to reclaim the power.
He said Malawians voted the DPP into power on trust that the party would deliver on its mandate.
“The MCP came to end colonialism, the UDF brought democracy while the DPP came with a duty and mission to develop Malawi,” he said, commending party members at all levels for committing themselves to developing Malawi.
Mutharika also hailed people who patronized the luncheon for committing their resources towards the party, which, he said, has all the reason to win next year’s elections because of implementing numerous development projects across the country.
“Don’t ask what the party will give you but ask what you can give to the party,” he said, adding that it was also important that party members should learn to share their wealth with others.
He, therefore, called on the party members to stand firm as other parties despise the party out of jealousy for the strides it has since made from the time it rose to stardom.
“We should never be distracted with people who have no agenda for this country,” he said, adding that the DPP would remain focused on encountering three vices of hunger, disease and envy despite critics not appreciating such efforts.
President Mutharika assumed power at a time the donor community and development partners had stopped supporting Malawi and government has since operated without budget support.
On this note, Mutharika called on DPP followers to remain committed to the party and keep on going strong, saying the party has a mission to fulfill.
“Don’t lose focus, let’s keep going, together we shall fight this war and together we shall conquer,” he said, assuring the party supporters that the party would remain unshakable, unbreakable and unstoppable towards the general elections.
Speaking earlier, DPP Secretary General, Grezeldar Jeffrey said the party has proved to be development conscious by spearheading various infrastructural projects such as community technical colleges and upgrading of strategic roads.
Jeffery said Malawians have every reason to vote the DPP and its leadership back into power to enable it continue with development activities.
The DPP Secretary General assured the President that the party’s structures are working hard in mobilizing support in all areas in the country. She, therefore, called on party structures at all levels to continue mobilizing support so that the party gains ground ahead of the May 21, 2019 polls.
On his part, DPP Vice President for the Eastern Region, Bright Msaka assured the President that the region has a huge following in the East due to the development projects initiated in the area.
“The resources realized from this event will be used accordingly and have come at the right time when the party in the East is preparing for an intensified campaign,” Msaka who is also Minister of Education, Science and Technology said.
In appreciation to the first couple’s hosting of the luncheon, the Eastern Region DPP executive gave the President a picture depicting several development projects which have taken shape in the region, the refurbished Nasawa Technical College, Zomba Nursing College, Chancellor College, Machinga District Council Offices and the new barrage at Liwonde, among others.
The fundraising luncheon included auctioning of two seats next to the President and the First Lady which fetched K12 million from Osman Gani of Hotel Victoria and K6 million from Deputy Mayor of Blantyre City, Joseph Makwinja.
The DPP Sendera Sisters and Phungu Joseph Nkasa spiced the event as Malawi Police Brass Band played slow music as the patrons enjoyed a sumptuous three course lunch.