After the recent events, the political conflict between MCP and DPP broke out with renewed vigour.
MCP has given in to the president Peter Mutharika to give a tour on 1 December in Mangochi. Later, the opposition rally took place. Mutarika is expected to give tours after attending a fundraising event for his ruling Democratic Progressive Party at Zomba Stage Lodge.
Yet the Democratic Progressive Party had burnt Malawi Congress Party flags in Mangochi hours before the opposition’s rally in the district. Activists and members of DPP deselected all checkboxes first before setting fire to them.
Also there were numerous videos circulating in network where participants of DPP meeting break checkboxes before collecting and burning them.
Together with MCP vice president Sidik Mia, Chakwera held a rally Malindi Ground in Malawi’s lakeshore district of Mangochi on Saturday.
MCP President Lazarus Chakwera During the Mangochi rally on Sunday also spoke against the removal of the flags saying he will not allow Malawians to live in fear because of the DPP. Also MCP secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka condemned the act calling it barbaric.
Chakwera insistently asked President Peter Mutharika who is a leader of DPP to address the issue and ensure that those who involved in the removal and burning of MCP flags are arrested and prosecuted.
Nevertheless, Lazarus Chakwera emphasized that the large crowd his party attracted at a rally in Mangochi shows that politics has changed in Malawi.
“Things have really changed. To see such a crowd here in Mangochi attending MCP rally—the area where people used to treat UDF as their religion is very strange,” said one of the resident of Malindi.