MALAWI’S ruling party spent millions of kwacha on beer in
a bid to stop people attending the launch of rival political party, United
Transformation Movement (UTM).
According to Nyasa
Times, the UTM held a rally in the city of Blantyre to launch their party
in the south of the country. The new party is hopeful that it will wrestle away
support from the current ruling party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP),
in next year’s elections.
In a desperate attempt to ruin the launch party, the DPP
spent K16 million (about R290 300) to make sure the beer flowed at discount
rates at a music festival they organised to take place at exactly the same time
as the UTM’s launch rally.
Regional governor for the DPP, Charles Mchacha, confirmed
that the DPP funded the bash and subsidised the beer to keep it cheap.
However, the strategy was far from successful.
Significant crowds opted to attend the UTMs launch, instead of the boozy music
The DPP tried a similar tactic last week when UTM held
its first launch rally in the capital Lilongwe. Two major soccer matches were
held and entrance was free. However, the stadia were mostly empty as throngs
packed the UTMs launch instead.
UTM’s Patricia Kaliati said: “It would have been better
to use the K16 million to help Polytechnic students.”
“The DPP will keep on rabble rousing but they will not
stop this movement from achieving its transformational agenda.”