Apart from Universal subisdy and a bit about food security, MCP/UDF presidential candidate John Tembo was at his best, smiling and working up the crowds with attacks on Bingu. Very unusual for JZU who rarely attacks a personality but prefers issues. But there was a justified reason, you could see it all on the faces of Bakili Muluzi and Tembo, they had made it.
I had travelled around Kasungu and Mchinji on Sunday morning to conduct a Nation opinion poll which will be published later in the week, I met hundreds of people until 1pm trying to get into public transport for the rally.
DPP during its manifesto launch has the luck of having own transport throughout the day, the opposition supporters went there on their own.
The crowd at Masintha would remind Malawians in Lilongwe the time Chakufwa Chihana had just come out of jail after the referendum in 1993, it was as Kamuzu would say "people, people, people."
At Masintha the ground was filled to its capacity, boozers found and excuse and raided all the pubs the whole day and empteied the fridges. At least the MCP/UDF alliance has brought back the excitment in the election.
Finally the majority of the crowd were voters, their faces spoke of their decision to back the alliance, the rulling DPP should not dismiss those determined thousands who will flow back home and support each other in the process to gavalnise their electoral base.
Masintha, whoever reports to the president and the DPP should definately be food for thought for the governing side, it will be painful to wake up as an opposition party on May 20.