Here is a statement by Hon Mia as posted on his facebook page.
DPP LEADERSHIP AND HON. JAPPIE MHANGO MUST KNOW THAT DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, TRIBE AND REGION IS INTOLERABLE IN OUR COUNTRY
My fellow Malawians,
You may recall that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) sent its Secretary General, Hon Greselder Jeffrey, to tell people from the north that their region will never produce a president to rule the country.
You may also recall that during the build up to 2014 elections, it was in the public domain, that the DPP vice President for the south, Hon George Chaponda, was said to have told the people from the north that the party (DPP), would not require votes from the region to win the presidency.
During the same build up to 2014 elections, you may recall that the then Presidential hopeful, Hon Peter Mutharika, was on record gossiping on how Hon. Chimunthu Banda cannot be President of DPP and Malawi because of the mere fact that he is a Tonga—a minority tribe in the country. I hope most of you listened to this Peter Mutharika gossip recording by reporter Joseph Mwale of MIJ Radio.
My fellow Malawians, as if what I have cited is not enough, the same DPP, on Monday this week, 12th March, 2018; sent its Campaign Director, Hon. Jappie Mhango, to tell people from southern region that ‘Sidik Mia is a White Person’ and therefore not qualifying to participate in the politics of our country.
This is what Hon. Mhango said as quoted by the Daily Times of 12th March, 2018.
“There is a colonialist in the party (MCP), he is coming from Chikwawa and he wants to contest. Sidik Mia is a white person. Let us be careful as some of you end up falling for the trap; when they come here, let them know we are done with colonialists. You should ask them where they are coming from.”
My fellow Malawians, what I have cited above are facts and that these facts are speaking for themselves that DPP perpetuates discrimination based on race, tribe and region in the country.
You may wish to know that what they do in promoting discrimination is contrary to Section 20 of the republican Constitution which clearly stipulates that discrimination of persons in any form is prohibited and all persons are, under the law, guaranteed equal and effective protection against discrimination on grounds of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, nationality, ethnic or social origin, disability, property, birth or other status.
My fellow Malawians, the fact of the matter, and as everyone else knows, is that I am a bonafide Malawian. You may also wish to know that the people from northern region are bonafide Malawians just like everyone else. Note as well that Tonga’s are bonafide Malawians just everyone else. It is therefore unfair for the DPP leadership to be launching campaign to denigrate a cross section of Malawians. This unfairness must stop. .
In fact the racism, tribalism, regionalism and cronyism being championed by DPP is one of the reasons why I want MCP President, Dr Lazarus Chakwera, to lead this country. In my considered opinion, Dr Chakwera is a symbol of national unity in this country as he is the only leader with no traits of racism, tribalism as well as regionalism in his DNA.
For the avoidance of doubt to the effect that Dr Chakwera is a symbol of national unity, you may wish to know that he is such a leader who works with all Malawians regardless of race, religion, tribe, region, etc. You may also wish to note that Dr Chakwera is from central region but his lovely wife, Monica, comes from Rumphi district in the northern region. Furthermore, his children are married across this country, one in Karonga, the other in Thyolo district and the rest in many other districts across the country. Dr Chakwera is therefore, the only leader who can bring all of us together and not these hooligans who are busy preaching racism, tribalism and regionalism.
My fellow Malawians, lets resist such divisive and reckless leaders. Dr Chakwera is on standby, waiting for your approval, to offer responsible leadership in our quest to develop our country.
May God Bless Malawi