Analyst says Atupele ‘convicing’ in final Malawi presidential debate: Chilima rated overall winner

Al g overnance expert and political commentator has rated United Democratic Front’s Atupele Muluzi as the winner of   last presidential debate but said  current Vice-President Saulos Chilima of the UTM Party as overall winner of this year’s series of televised debates.

The six out of eight presidential candidates who took part in the debate promised to transform Malawi and move Malawians out of poverty
Part of the audience at the debates
Chilima: Overall winner
Atupele Muluzi: Most convincing in the final debates
The rating of the third and final presidential debates: Atupele Muluzi won

In an analysis and rating, Makhumbo Munthali who has been part of the audience during the three series of the presidential debate, said UDF’s Muluzi  was the “most convincing” candidate in Final televised debate after abandoning his confrontational approach to the debate witnessed in the previous debate.

He, however, said Chilima has scored as the overall winner.

Giving his general overview of the debates, Munthali credited  the 2019 presidential debates taskforce  ehich consisted of Misa-Malawi, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Times Group and Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZB) for a “well organised debate full of class.”

Apart from Muluzi and Chilima, Malawi Congress Party- MCP’s Lazrus Chakwera,  Umodzi Party’s John Chisi, Peter Kuwani of Mbakuwaku Movement for Democracy (MMD) and Independent candidate Reverend Hardwick Kaliya were the other candidates who participated in the debate while incumbent President Peter Mutharika of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Tisinthe Alliance candidate Cassim Chilumpha did not participate in the debate.

Munthali said Mutharika’s snub was “a missed opportunity” and that the inclusion of the small candidate as a blessing in disguise.

Here is how he rates the candidates.

How did they fair individually?

  1. Articulation of issues, composure and eloquence

  • Atupele Muluzi -9/10 –

  • Saulos Chilima-7/10

  • Lazarus Chakwera – 7/10

  • John Chisi – 5/10

  • Kuwani – 4/10

  • Kaliya -2/10

 

  1. Focused,  detailed and persuasive

  • Atupele Muluzi – 7/10

  • Saulos Chilima -9/10

  • Lazarus Chakwera – 8/10

  • John Chisi -4/10

  • Kaliya -1/10

  • Kuwani – 4/10

  1. Readiness to govern Malawi based on how they handled the 100 days into office question

  • Atupele Muluzi – 7/10

  • Saulos Chilima – 9/10

  • Lazarus Chakwera – 8/10

  • Kaliya -1/10

  • Chisi – 4/10

  • Kuwani -2/10

  1. Who is more ready to unify Malawi across political, ethnic diversity?

  • Atupele Muluzi – 8/10

  • Lazarus Chakwera – 9/10

  • Saulos Chilima – 8/10

  • Chisi -4/10

  • Kuwani-4/10

  • Kaliya-6/10

How did they fare in responding to questions?

  1. What have you learnt from the past about leadership which you want to adopt to use as President?

  • Atupele Muluzi – 8

  • Saulos Chilima – 7

  • Lazarus Chakwera -7

  • Chisi -6

  • Kuwani -6

  • Kaliya – 5

  1. What choices will you make to deliver Malawi from the catastrophe of poverty?

  • Atupele Muluzi -5

  • Saulos Chilima – 5

  • Lazarus Chakwera-5

  • John Chisi -6

  • Peter Kuwani – 4

  • Kaliya 3

  1. Malawi is rich in policy but poor in implementation. What will you do to turn this around?

  • Saulos Chilima – 7

  • Lazarus Chakwera -7

  • Atupele Muluzi – 6

  • Chisi-5

  • Kaliya-3

  • Kuwani-4

  1. How will you incorporate ideas of those who lost in the election (the opposition)?

  • Lazarus Chakwera – 8

  • Saulos Chilima – 6

  • Atupele Muluzi-6

  • Chisi-4

  • Kaliaya-2

  • Kuwani-3

  1. How you will address the issue of unemployment of youths (i.e. graduates) and lack of fees by youths leading to dropouts?

  • Saulos Chilima- 8

  • Lazarus Chakwera-7

  • Atupele Muluzi- 7

  • Chisi-5

  • Kuwani-5

  • Kaliya-3

  1. What will your government do to reduce inequalities (economic) between the rich and the poor?

  • Lazarus Chakwera – 5

  • Saulos Chilima – 5

  • Peter Kuwani- 5

  • Atupele Muluzi -8

  • Chisi-4

  • Kalia -4

  1. On Climate change and access to quality water didn’t closely follow.  Otherwise, these candidates didn’t give convincing responses on how they would address the challenges.

  2. What will you do to improve arts or solve challenges affecting artists?

  • Atupele Muluzi- 8

  • Peter Kuwani – 5

  • Chisi-4

  • Lazarus Chakwera 5-

  • Saulos Chilima – 5

  • Kaliya -31

First round of Presidential debates:

  • 1. Atupele- 40%
    2. Chilima- 65%
    3. Chakwera- 63%3rd round of debate
    1. Atupele-73%
    2. Chilima-69%
    3. Chakwera-69%

    Overall winner of the Presidential debates:
    1. Chilima-67%
    2.Chakwera-65%
    3. Atupele-55%

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Tariq
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Tariq

Analysts or analists. What debate did you watch? Atupele was up there defending the status quo and reverting to English to disguise his glib responses. Paja ku Malawi we think speaking English is intelligence.

Wiseman
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Wiseman

Atupele did well in the second debate after abandoning people of the boxes who were so timid to come out. I wouldn’t differentiate much between Chilima and Chakwera coz their manifestos are similar in so many ways. Supporters of kleptomaniac magogo muntharika should just keep quiet. Old cargo, congeal blood. Can’t even talk chifukwa mano anatha mkamwa.

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

Atupele most likely to win the presidency, i.e. if he does not give in and decides to join DPP

Wiseman
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Wiseman

I can bet my neck. The guy is confused. He will be fourth

Kaitano
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Kaitano

Atupele did well very true, he was calm though he was just repeating the same his 3points he knows, but he was acting very calming. I green with that. So who gave him answers? Because some one is saying the Task force gave Chakwera answers? Koma Malawi!!!!

yona gama
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yona gama

Chilima Motoooo Kuti Booooo!!

Axcel
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Zopepera basi za ziiiii

OChisale
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OChisale

Poor analysis, I think Chilima is overrated for nothing , Chilima failed to articulate most of the questions, to sum up His miserable performance check his closing remarks full of anger and hate , Chilima has proved that he is bad in answering questions check his interviews with BBC hard talk and the recent interview with Brian Banda .
Chakwera was tops because he showed maturity and consistency, Atupele was second and Chilima was third. Chilima is a podium politician politician he is disappointment when it comes to articulating issues he is just full of pomp , hate and arrogance.

Wiseman
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Wiseman

You were watching a different debate.

National CEO
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National CEO

freedom of expression

Opportunist
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Opportunist

Good analysis

21 may 2019
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21 may 2019

Anga ndi maso.

Mapwiya
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Mapwiya

The analysis is not reflective of The figures. We can all see that Atupele has scored highly so how come you change the ranking at the end? After all these are just perceptions the day is coming when we in the rural areas will put APM on chair again based on the score card of achievement not mere lubwalubwa

National CEO
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National CEO

i don’t think you are from the rural area.

BigMan
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BigMan

I watched both debates and in my view Chilima was indeed the most convincing, the Reverend was also good but i find hos style on beong too calm and giving deliberate answers backfired a bit as it makes hom look like he has no passion or fire in the belly to take on the challenges Malawi is facing. Atupele ruined himself by carrying out the DPP instructions in the 1st debate.

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