Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) acting president Peter Mutharika on Sunday attacked rising insecurity in Malawi, saying it is a setback to development.
Mutharika was speaking at Mzuzu upper stadium ground in his last of the regional rallies he has addressed over the past three weeks.
â€œThere is insecurity in the country and shops are closing at 4pm. People cannot move at night because of insecurity,â€ he said.
Mutharika also deplored the tendency of arrests, threats and dismissals that have characterised the Peopleâ€™s Party (PP) administration. He said if DPP wins in 2014, things will be different.
He thanked people in the Northern Region for respecting the late Bingu wa Mutharikaâ€™s funeral in April 2012 which, he said, was contrary to what people were saying.
Mutharika also advised Members of Parliament (MPs) who defected to PP to return to their parties or face Section 65 of the Constitution.
DPP secretary general Elias Wakuda Kamanga, who said he was saddened by the loss of lives on July 20 2011, claimed that the country faced fuel and forex problems because the DPP government was against homosexuality.
Notable DPP functionaries present at the rally included vice-president Dr Jean Kalirani and former Cabinet ministers Nicholas Dausi, Wictor Songazaudzu Sajeni, Symon Vuwa Kaunda and Dr George Chaponda.
During the rally, Mzimba South East MP Rabson Shaba announced his return to DPP, saying he went to PP because he was confused during Binguâ€™s funeral.