IF I WERE :Peter Mutharika


President of the Republic of Malawi and governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader, I would not proclaim that only constituencies with DPP parliamentarians are assured of development projects as I did in my speech during campaign rallies in Lilongwe Msozi North and Lilongwe City South East constituencies recently.

If I were APM, I would realise that I am the Head of State and Government who is supposed to serve all Malawians indiscriminately and without favour regardless of political affiliation.

Oh yes, Your Excellency, I would realise that the country is not owned by DPP and it is an insult to Malawians who elected multiparty politics in June 1993, when I was wallowing in comfort overseas, to declare that only constituencies that have my blue-eyed members of parliament (MPs) will get development.

How I wish I were APM, my President, because I would realise that development is initiated using taxpayers’ money and donor funds, not DPP coffers. Every constituency is entitled to development.

If I were the law professor, I would realise that favouritism goes against the principle of equality stipulated in Section 20 of the Constitution.

That is if I were APM, the President of the Republic of Malawi and the governing DPP. Chala m’mwamba! Tamvana eti? n

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