MZUZU-The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is increasingly becoming unpopular in the northern region following its failure to implement promises made during the campaign ahead of 2014 general elections.
The party’s negligence has angered a majority of voters in the region and on Friday people in Mzuzu publicly smashed president Peter Mutharika’s billboards in clear demonstration of their anger.
“We are tired with DPP and its leader Peter Mutharika. They promised us paradise but only to give us hell. When I see his face it reminds me how I wasted my vote by voting these thieves, hence our action,” said one of the people who smashed the billboards.
DPP regional governor (North) Kenneth Sanga accused UTM Party of removing his party’s flags to incite violence.
But UTM regional governor (North) Leonard Njikho said it was DPP which is behind perpetrating the bad practice.
Matabwa Market chairperson Gerald Maulana has since said vendors in Mzuzu have banned flying of political party flags and other campaign materials in the market to avoid fights.
This is not the first time for President Mutharika’s billboards to be vandalised as in 2017 man from the Lunzu area of Blantyre Chikondi Saidi was arrested after he was seen throwing stones at an image of President Mutharika on a billboard.
The billboard had a message about the Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme by the DPP.
Ironically, in the run up to 2009 elections, the northern region was in full support of DPP and they erected a billboard at Jenda trading centre which read “Northern Region the Home of DPP”.
But since APM took over, the party’s popularity has been decreasing steadily, a development which has seen Malawi Congress Party (MCP) to be embraced nationwide. MCP has managed to win support even in the southern region, the so called DPP bedroom.
In 2018 by-elections MCP won seats in Nsanje and Ndirande with landslide, clear evidence that DPP is likely to suffer a defeat in 2019 general elections.