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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19 thoughts on “Govt cancels news conference on Mutharika, Chilima”

  1. Will says:

    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 mantle.

  2. SONG says:

    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.

  3. John says:

    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 ONLY THE MULUZI’S BENEFITING?

  4. chimbofwa says:

    Kaya zanu izo

  5. MSANA WA PETURO says:

    Only God knows the truth.

  6. Real Malawian says:

    Zawo izo…

  7. Alex Likoswe says:

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

  8. Sapitwa says:

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

  9. choka phiri says:

    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 problem is that Peter does not know Chilima.

  10. choka phiri says:

    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.

  11. The Patriot says:

    Saulosi Chilima said “I have never made a career mistake in my life”, this was while responding to a question from a journalist on the rationale of living a high paying job as Celtel CEO to join politics as a running mate of APM.
    Now that DPhiPhi has found power, apparently they dont need him anymore! By the rule of the thumb DPhiPhi has to be led by a Mulhako, preferrably a Mutharika.
    Watch this space, Chilima will surprise DPP just as Bingu was able to surprise UDF! DPP should prepare to be in opposition within the next 10 years.

  12. Kenkkk says:

    Mzee, you are wrong to compare with USA. Obama goes where he meets othe presidents or prime ministers. Kerry would not go to such meetings alone. Kerry trips are usually where other foreign ministers attend, not where presidents or prime minsters go. The same situation applies to uk where the prime minister is the political head.

    To me I find the cancellation of the conference as serious indeed. There is something fishy going on. Just the fact that they wanted to discuss the relationship between apm and saulos is on its own very serious indeed.

  13. ngongoliwa says:

    Mzee ndiwe garu weni weni, stupid fool.

  14. mabulala boyz says:

    Tiuzeni zoona.

  15. Whg do compare Usa poligics wiz malawi?well personally I c nothinv terribly wrong bewten Spm and his veep at Govt level koma nkhani is at Dpp or chipani level. A chilims adzafera zaeni…tiydni tione afika liti,?

  16. Prince Edward rsa says:

    Agalu nokhanokha

  17. levelheaded says:

    Malawi is critically ill on how we think and reason out. The biggest problem we have in Malawi is how we think as a nation.

    We are preaching of austerity from our president at the same time we want the president to delegate his vice who has benefits almost equivalent to the president himself. Very pathetic. Poverty is doing our brains not good.

  18. Truck says:

    MUNABELA MAVOTE PANO MWAYAMBA KUKANGANI VUTO LAZINTHU ZOBELA NDI CHONCHO!

  19. Mzee says:

    It is know why CCJP made that stupid allegations. APM is not sidelining Chilima. We know that CCJP wants ……to take over the country by tarnishing APM. Joe Biden in USA mostly stays home its John Kerry who travels abroad. Tafatsani nthawi yanu ifika if god wants. APM must appoint a good minister of information and a very good spy chief.

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