DPP accused of holding political rallies despite Covid – 19 restrictions
By Malawi Exclusive
The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is being fingered of continuous holding of political rallies in the country despite the covid – 19 restriction guidelines ahead of July court sanctioned elections.
President Peter Mutharika in March 2020 declared Corona virus (Covid-19) a national disaster as a measure to prevent cases of the virus in the country.
Apart from announcing a budget plan of K15 billion which is equivalent to $20 million Mutharika ordered that Government suspend hosting of international meetings and banned public servants from attending both regional and international meetings being hosted by affected countries.
Government directed that all schools, colleges (including technical colleges), both public and private universities should be closed by Monday, March 23 2020.
Mutharika also ordered that Government should restrict public gatherings to less than 100 people and the restriction was for all gatherings including weddings, funerals, church, congregations, rallies, government meetings.
However despite such orders from Mutharika, DPP has been busy holding political rallies breaking similar orders from the party leader.
The newly appointed Minister of Labour Lilian Patel was seen addressing a rally in Balaka.
Other officials include Minister of Foreign Affairs Kondwani Nankhumwa who was also seen defying Covid – 19 restriction guidelines.
But DPP spokesperson, Nicholas Dausi says DPP is not holding such political rallies anywhere.