Govt cancels news conference on Mutharika, Chilima

Government on Monday cancelled a scheduled news conference in Lilongwe where two senior cabinet ministers were to respond to allegations that President Peter Mutharika is increasingly sidelining the vice president Saulos Chilima.

President Mutharika and vice president Saulos Chilima

President Mutharika and vice president Saulos Chilima

The news conference was to be jointly addressed by Information Minister Jappie Mhango and Foreign Affairs minister George Chaponda, who is also the ruling party, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice president.

Ministry of Information officials communicated on eleventh hour that the news conference had been cancelled and no reasons were given.

This comes at a time when Mutharika has come under severe criticism for delegating important foreign and local assignments to cabinet ministers, prompting fears that the relationship between the President and vice president is not as cordial as it appears in the face.

However State House had assured Malawians that the relationship between the two is excellent.

Some people allege Mutharika is deliberately sidelining Chilima and will dump him in the 2019 presidential race because of the DPP intraparty politics and infighting on who will succeed Mutharika when he retires.

The government is yet to say whether the news conference has completely been cancelled or it has just been rescheduled.

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Will
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Its very interesting to know for sure that Chilima was 100% aware of the relationships between sitting presidents and their vices in malawi. He knew it before he said yes tobecome Peter’s runningmate. Even his wife knew it from the beggining that her husband cannot become malawi’s president under DPP ticket. Take it from history, Muluzi and Malewezi, Bingu and Chilumpha, Bingu and Joyce Banda, Joyce Banda and Kachali ndiye Chilima m’bale wanga was not even an active politician the time he was picked for running mate. Do you think DPP guys can let a new person to take the… Read more »
SONG
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I think a reasonable President can deligate 10 ministers instead of sending the veep. This shame. We know DPP from the word go UDF from the word go don’t want people from Central Region and Northern Region. We will see if Alhomwe ndi Achawa can make 50+1% votes come 2019.

John
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THE FACT IS THAT PETER IS NOW BEING CONTROLLED BY GEAORGE CHAPONDA AND MWANAMVEKHA. THEY TWO MANAGED TO PUSH BEN PHIRI. CHAPONDA AND MWANAMVEKHA ARE THE ONES FEEDING PETER WITH LIES ABOUT THE VP CHILIMA. DPP NEEDS TO TRADE CAREFULLY ON THIS. WE ARE BUSY CREATING A NORMAL WHERE DPP IS CONSTANTLY SIDELINING VPs. ANTHU AMITUNDU INA AKUSIYILANI KACHIPANI KANUKO. REMEMBER, KUKUBWERA 50%+1. ITS A FACT NOW THAT UDF INATHA. DONT BE FOOLED THAT ALL UDF SUPPORTERS CAN VOTE FOR PETER IN 2019. ATUPELE AKUDYA YEKHA NDI A DPP. WHO CAN MOBILIZE UDF SUPPORTERS TO VOTE FOR PETER WHEN ITS… Read more »
chimbofwa
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Kaya zanu izo

MSANA WA PETURO
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Only God knows the truth.

Real Malawian
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Zawo izo…

Alex Likoswe
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Deputy Presidents or Vice Presidents are dummys . No time for visibility. Should wait till they become presidents

Sapitwa
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We have heard from the horse’s mouth that all is well and rift between the two.

choka phiri
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The plan for APM for 2019 Electronic is tog have Atupele as historia tinning mate. APM knows 2019 he has NO chance even If Chilima is there. As the economy is tog day APM can not win. To win he need another person and that person is Atupele. Chilima has NO party Atupele has. The muslims and Mangochi. Muntharikas has taken this ideas from America where money and people are used in elections. In a nation like Malawi people will use orders and dump them. The can not do that in America. Chilima knows what is goding on. The only… Read more »
choka phiri
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Chilima was used just The same as JB was used. The problem is Chilima for leaving his job and join dirt politics. He had long career if he stayed at celtel than politics. The truth is without Chilima Peter could not have been a president. Bingu used JB Peter needed someone to help him to manupulate votes. And that technology. Who could do that among DDP gurus? Now they got what they want they dont want him because he was not a member. This is Now new in Malawi. Each leader has dumped their VP. Bakili, Bingu,JB and now APM.
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