Vice-President Joyce Banda says events of July 20, 2011 show that President Bingu wa Mutharika has lost touch with the ground and has, therefore, lost direction.
Banda told Zachimalawi that she is sad and 'dismayed' at the death of the 18 people, adding that this could be the beginning of a sad chapter "in the history of Malawi".
"Every one is living in fear of the President these days, which is against democratic principles. But Malawian people are strong, and stand up to dictatorial tendencies. I do not see the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) winning in 2014," said Banda.
But ruling DPP Spokesperson, Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba, said Banda is building castles in the air.
"The DPP is the only national party in Malawi, and is poised to win overwhelmingly in 2014. Within just six years, the President has done a lot for this country," said Ntaba.