Chakwera says he can pull a ‘Trump-insipired’ victory in Malawi – All things being equal

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarous Chakwera, a presidential hopeful for 2019 elections, has said he can pull a ‘Trump-inspired’ victory if  there will be no rigging or maladministration of the polls.

Chakwera: Trump-inspired

Chakwera: Trump-inspired

Chakwera  was defeated by President Peter Mutharika in 2014 elections but claimed the incumbent won on a stolen vote.

Reacting to  the  victory of Donald Trump, a Republican,  who triumphed despite his party being in opposition and underatted, beating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton who was poised to win the elections according to opinion polls, Chakwera said it is very possible for someone who was not in mainstream politics and government as it were with Trump, to carry the day only if things are done properly.

Chakwera observed in coments quoted in th press that in the US electoral set up, it was difficult for any allegations of rigging or maladministration to creep in due to the decentralised system and that Malawi was better placed to improve the electoral system with technological advancements due to its small geographical size compared to the US.

He said: “This country is small enough to leap-frog what has taken the US years to develop if we had the will to do that. This is the reason we are pushing for IDs and biometric system. Technology is the future, we had better brace up for it.”

Chakwera  said:“Modern technology can help a lot; the way our vote counting is done leaves a lot of gaps for rigging. When you travel with ballot papers in the night there is a lot of machinations which can be done and if you compare with the American system, it is extremely impossible to rig the elections because the results are announced right there and then, if things are done differently, opposition can pull a surprise.”

The MCP president, who is also Leader of Opposition, said they demand “ a transparent way of managing elections.”

MCP is also advocating for Malawi to adopt a 50-plus-one system of electing a President from a first-past-the-post.

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah who is a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, said advanced technology could simplify electoral processes to achieve credible results.

Ansah said the proposed electoral reforms currently being scrutinised by a Special Law Commission would address some of the challenges of the previous elections, and most recently the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections which was marred by anomalies at voter registration and verification stages as well as at some polling stations when it came to tallying cast votes.

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18 thoughts on “Chakwera says he can pull a ‘Trump-insipired’ victory in Malawi – All things being equal”

  1. dulie says:

    Chakwera will make it. Bravo!

  2. Wa mwale says:

    Our hope is not in a man, but in GOD the creator amene amakweza ena ndikutsitsa ena. Salm 75:4-10; DPP, will surely Fall Babulo anagwa, Egypt anagwa, Rome anagwa, Kamuzu anagwa, Gadaf anagwa, Mubraki anagwa, Bingu anagwa, Peter adzagwanso.
    Mwachulutsa kunyada abale athu inu ngati kuti Mulungu anakenga inuyo nokha. Lapani dzichepetseni pamaso pa Pamulungu. Nhakhale president wanu akamalankhula amalankhulira m’mphuo ngati kuti kulibe Mulungu, pepani kuno ndikunja. Chakwera nayenso ndi nzika ya Malawi, kwawo nkuno ku malawi mwinanso bola iyeyo kuposa zinazi.

    Kay a ndidziwa kunela mavoti kumene mwachuka nako, tsiku lina anthu anuwa adzayamba kugwidwa, zayambika kale wina anagwidwa kale ku Mchinji, likanakhala Boma lachilungamo, loopa Mulungu, bwenzi panopa Ali mmanja mwa police. Osadandaula zazikulu zikubwela wakumwamba amathandiza osauka.

  3. Wa mwale says:

    Chakwela is a joker? Wait wait, says who?
    Commentors sometimes are better jokers than comedians themselves, this country is governed by regions but by God Himself, leave His space before concluding your remarks, let me worn and wish well dpp-led gvt, that no one ever thought that Mr Peter Muthalika, eg Bingu WA muthalika could rule malawi in 2002,3,and 2004? Bingu’s life time in politics of malawi was in the hands of Muluzi without himself knowing that, how Muluzi gave power to Bingu, only only only God knows. Southernes you are acting like you all gods from Mulanje mountain why? Did you deserve this presendency yourself? Ah? If it pleased God to have n throne why are speaking like this throne deserce you only? Did Bingu campaign for himself to be a president of malawi? If Muluzu had NOT CARRIED BINGU ON HIS BACK DAY BY DAY, EVERY WEEK, addressing 8party meetings from 8am to 6.30pm, mpaka Muluzi anadwalira pa kampeni ya Bingu kuti a Hale president WA malawi. Ndichiani chimene munachitira Muluzi alomwe inuyo wosayamika when he made you president of malawi rather than being unrateful to him? Today you are talking like it deserved you, you must be ashamed, the same God I mean the same God, who moved presidency from Muluzi to YOU, shall do the same to MOVE THIS PRESIDENCY FROM LOMWE TRIBE-BUILT HYNAS and take it to whomsoever He desires. Read the Bible anthu osayamika inuyo alomwe Daniel 4:34-36; and Dan 5:23-28.

    MENE MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.

    Learn to Honor God or DISASTER IS N YOUR WAY, NO ONE SHALL COME FROM YOU TO RULE THIS COUNTRY.
    RESPECT AND HONOR MULUZI
    THANK GOD And
    RESPECT OTHERS.

    FOOLS.

  4. Achitaboo says:

    Sidiki Mia or no Sidiki Mia achimwene. Chakwera is a joker. How does he think he can win when even in Blantyre he attracts a crowd as little as that which attend a funeral of a homeless person? Ifetu anzathu a ku Central timakuyalani kamtengo. Mukafuna kuvotera DPP mumatero in thousands. Ife kwathu kuno mukangochula MCP, ngakhale makoswe amene amathawa no wonder anthu ongolakwitsa okha ndi amene amavotera tambala wakuda, koma timawauza kuti asamachuluke, even the whole southern Region kuti asamayerekeze kufika 70 thousand pamene ku Central ife a DPP timatenga close to 700 thousand. 2019 tidzadutsa 1 million pa centre koma kumwera MCP tidzangoipepesa ndi less than 50 thousand. Masamu aketu ndi amenewo.

  5. Maunits says:

    Anzeru, I think you are completely lost and shame on you. If there is a region in Malawi that is suffering since multiparty is southern region. This shows people from south are just illiterate and needs civic education. That is why you are calling Mulanje Thyolo States completely mbuli. DPP and Peter are too corrupt, hiding 7 cabinet minsters involved in cash gate, poor economy making Malawi the poorest state in the world, Poor Education, Poor health services, no security in the country, no electricity in the country one day we will wake up and found out that we are in the hands of Tanzania, no water in the country just to mention a few. Where is Muthalika, he is sleeping like his cash gate minister Chaponda. Sleep well, Chakwera will surprise you and we need smooth transition in 2019 May, tatopa nanu agalu inu. Which north can vote for DPP I swear.

  6. Timve Ziti says:

    From Magafuli to Brexit and now Trump. This shows us people all over a tired of the same way of doing things. Tired of promises unfulfilled. They would now rather try something else. Desperate and disillusioned with the usual establishments. Their hope now lies in change.

  7. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Mr Chakwera so you believe you are like Trump? Kikikiki! Uunlike Trump the novice, you are now a seasoned and tainted politician!

    Komanso chipani chanu chili ndi magazi thoooo!

  8. Chilungamo says:

    Chakwera can not win because there is no harmony in MCP therefore he does not have support from his own people. Malawi politics or rather Africa is different from USA. We will always vote on Regional lines because developments are not shared equally when another President comes in, will automatically favour his Region. During Kamuzu’s era, he built Kamuzu Acadamy in Kasungu, Kamuzu International airport in Lilongwe, Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Bunda College of Agricuture, Chiteze Research station, ARET, Natuaral resources College all these in one Region just to mention afew and only Queens Central Hospital in the South and nothing in the North calling it dead North. DPP has built MUST in Thyolo, Phalombe Chiradzulu roal, Chipembere High way, Thyolo – Thava road, Zomba – Limbe road in the South. But DPP has managed to share the cake alittle bit by building : New Parliament, Bingu five star Hotel + Umodzi Park, Kamphata-Nkhoma road, Mponela Ntchisi road, Lilongwe College of Medicine, Bunda turn off – MRA by pass and Now Air wing – Santhe road all these in Central Region. In The North: Mzuzu Central Hospital, Ekwendeni – Mtwaro road, Chiweta road, Shopping mall, Mzuzu – Nkhatabay road in progress and Nkhatabay Central Hospital. Now looking at what MCP and DPP has done, DPP will always have an upper hand though everytime you will always think its rigging. There are a number of factors namely: Regionalism, Tangible developments, population and political experience. On political experience remember it was Chilembwe who led the uprising from Chiradzulu. It was Tati Mphakati who led the uprising against Ngwazi all from the South. Now with UDF/DPP alliance, there is no way any party can win election in the near future. Unless that party forms an alliance with a bigger party from the South.

  9. kitipa-ndamera says:

    @Ngongoliwa …….Lets continue suffering cause of our own ignorance. Malawians suffer coz of poor choices.

  10. Nickduddley says:

    When people are tired with politicians ang govtment, they loose trust in the system..UDF..was reborn into DPP… Later reborn into PP..they are all the same corrupt liars incompetent people who are there for their on goals.it is not possible to choose not to have a govt but it is possible to choose a total stranger to the game.however govt politics are tricky in a law abiding country..where the president can’t do anything without congress approval.so wait they haven’t formed majority therefore his bizarre plans which made his win won’t materialise and he will end up like Obama or like what Hilary could have been if she won “just an american president focused to trying to deliver the American dream” in Malawi terms, jb, bingu,peter,bakili one snali ndi ma plan but after winning their became liars,incompetent,selfish,corrupt and just a typical Malawian president driven by hunger for power to fulfill their greed via corruption, as they run the country down. Its not just easy Mr chakwela

  11. Reformers says:

    Oh yes after witnessing the American elections & Brexit. I sense there’s a shift to change the status quo especially corrupt establishments such as the ruling DPP, UDF. The movement has begun & unstoppable in Malawi a Trumplike wave, washing away so called career politicians. We have to reforms our electoral laws for our democracy to move forward & the destiny of Malawi depends on it. The cries of vulnerable, hurting Malawians will be heard in 2019 election & Yes i second Dr Lazarus Chakwera change is coming regardless of resistance . Dpp has completely failed to stimulate the economy marred with cosmetic reforms simply taking Malawians for granted. MCP is going to gain towards 2019 with stronger allies & it’s not rocket science that Malawians are tired period !!!! Let’s make Malawi a great nation again!!!! Chakwera for president 2019# Servant leadership & transformation# Stewardship & decisive leadership#

  12. be humane says:

    Chakwera’s day dreaming. MAn wakeup. Go to other regions. The Trump you are comparing with had support in all states and you have support and structures in the Central region only how can you win the election like Trump? Thats comparing a Tortoise to a duck. You are far you will be suprised in 2019 with all things equal. It will be Mutharika to pull a Trump surprise despite all evils he is doing to Malawians he will come victorious. Wake up Chakwera

  13. CHE UJENI says:

    Trump did that because he lead a campaign based on racism, suppressed voters. Racists voted for him and he won not the popular vote but the electorate vote. Chakwera will surely win if he leads one tribalists vote.

  14. ngongoliwa says:

    Chakwera can not pull a surprise with just central region’s districts. You have poor strategies. You are not known in southern region and north. While APM is known in all the three regions. The previous elections Peter managed to get 25 percent in central region while you yourself didnt get anything in south. Cant you see the tricky situation here? Keep on sleeping in area 18 and expect to move to Sanjika Palace. You will never, never for good unless you change your political approach.

    1. Mario pei says:

      Thats where Sadiki Mia comes in, he will champion the south campaign

  15. Maunits says:

    You can really pull a surprise Mr President we are proud of you just don’t get tired work hard.

  16. Mmalawi We Niweni says:

    Chakwera don’t worry , you are our hope in 2019 and you will at all cost going to win. Just intensify meetings in the southern region. DPP has indeed starved Malawians.Look at the way MALAWI has gone back 90 steps backward

    1. Anzeru says:

      Abusa, if you don’t change your campaign plan forget about winning. Do you know that as of now there is nothing for you in the southern region? You don’t even come. Mukabwera ndiye kuti mwapita kumaliro and yet you think of going to Sanjika. How?? Even 2014 simunawine don’t cheat yourself. Even your own conscious convicts you. Mudzibwera kummwera kuno osamangotokota mukaluza. There is no way you can win elections in the absence of southern region votes. Anthutu samakudziwani bwino-bwino kuno. Come and convince them. Simunamve kuti malonda ali m’maso. Inetu mukamati anakuberani mavoti mumandimvetsa chisoni chifukwa chilungamo cheni-cheni mumachidziwa. Ndipo inuyo ngati mbusa Mulungu sangakubisireni zoona zake. Mukudziwa choncho musamupeputse Mulungu chifukwa Iyeyo anakuuzani why you failed. Learn from the past mistakes and change your strategy. Ine ndikulembane ndinakuvoterani kuno kummwera but my vote could not have changed anything why?? You don’t come people have no much knowledge about you. So as the saying goes, the devil you know is better than the one you don’t know hence Peter was voted for. Therefore musamadzinamize Abusa Mulungu sanakusiyeni mumdima mu chidziwitso. You know why you failed – auzeni anthu zoona – onetsani zipatso zakuyera mtima ndiwo mzimu wachilungamo blame yourself and learn.

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