Analysts credit Chilima as architect for Malawi ‘change’ and Tonse victory

Vice President Dr Salous Chilima’s campaign and marketing prowess has significantly contributed to vote success of  Dr Lazarous Chakwera and opposition Tonse alliance the court-sanctioned fresh presidential polls, commentators have said.

Chilima waves at the crowds
Political analyst Humphrey Mvula (L) being interviewed by Times TV commentators Brian Banda (C) and George Kasakula at Nationa Tally centre in Blantyre-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Unofficial results indicate Chakwera is headed for victory  but Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is yet to announce official results as the electoral body is still scrutinising the votes from each polling station.

Political commentator Humpreys Mvula, a former strategist of United Democratic Front (UDF)  said Chilima has contributed signfincantly to Chakwera’s victory, bringing thefor former ruling  Malawi Congress Part (MCP) into government after 26 years in opposition.

” The Tonse aliance worked in unity as a team. They spread across the country canvassing for votes. But Chilima stands out as his marketing skills made the alliance and Chakwera look more attractive to voters in all regions of the country,” said Mvula, who is analysing the elections on Times TV from national tally centre in Blantyre.

Mvula said it is clear that Chilima has added majority of the one million votes he amassed in 2019 to Chakwera’s votes to cement the alliance victory.

” Those who voted for Chilima in the whole Northern region, in Ntcheu, Blantyre and other parts of the Southern region has overwhelmingly voted for Chakwera this time. His supporters have faith in him and listened to him,” he said.

Another commentator Makhumbo Munthali said Chilima and Chakwera complimented their campaign strategies very well.

” While Chakwera focused much on consolidating the MCP votes in the central region and other parts of the country, Chilima criss-crossed the country in the Eastern region, Southern region, northern region persuading his supporters and other undecided voters to vote for Chakwera,” he said.

Munthali said former president Joyce Banda also played a big role to reduce DPP and UDF impact in the eastern region, especially in Zomba.

“The Tonse alliance leaders worked as a family and knew what they were doing. Malawains are hopeful that the unity will continue as they govern the country,” said Munthali.

Many people on social media have also commented that Chilima mesmerised Malawians by his campaign skills, energy and bravery when he took Mutharika, the DPP and former President Bakili Muluzi head on, his charisma and passion when he walked with supporters from Ndirande to Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre to close the campaign.

In 2014, Chilima helped DPP with campaign as running mate to win the elections from the oppostion before he was sidelined towards end of the term forcing him leave DPP in 2018 and form UTM.

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Mwinithako
Mwinithako
7 months ago

I have seen that all those who commented are useless.Chilima has had all the opportunity to be accomodated by Peter ,Anyway Chaponda is indeed to blame for this loss.Lets meet in 2025 if you guys will be writing the waves of Chilima here.Believe me here God is the only determinant.

Ungwelu
Ungwelu
8 months ago

Listen. I know truth pains and I have seen all of you contributing skirting around the truth. Fact, SKC is a master campaigner. Fact, if we went to the polls as MCP and UTM separate neither could get 50+1. This automatically meant that in whatever way there was going to be an alliance. I personally credit the two gentlemen to proceed with the alliance in the initial instance. If they went as individual parties this just ended was going to have no winner and a run-off was going to be made. Therefore the real change maker is the court by… Read more »

Piper
Piper
8 months ago

Praise where it’s due. I have huge respect for this man, SKC. The country will be in good hands with this incoming leadership. Once again, we can all dare to dream regardless of who you are or where you come from; which has been missing for a good part of the past 30 years!!

Desderata Marmite
Desderata Marmite
8 months ago

It is an obvious thing that the “Guilty Conscience” effect is kicking in and Saulos is feeling uneasy for the crime he has committed and the untrustworthy behaviour displayed to the whole world, hence he can not come out. If the number of voters registered falls short of the votes cast then we have a problem there. An explanation is very much called for. These guys stole the election but forgot that numbers are important when it comes to comparisons. They instead overstuffed the ballot boxes in their home constituencies haphazardly. That alone should give Saulos trouble to come up… Read more »

Piper
Piper
8 months ago

Uli chindere chenecho !!

Big Joe
Big Joe
8 months ago

Kupusatu uku. SKC is in LL and LMC is in BTs.

They are in contact and he is busy kuphika Budget ya 2020/2021.

Khalani chete muone kusintha.

Give credit to this guy..he makes things happen.

Libra
Libra
8 months ago

@honest start, be civilised and give credit where it is due….this is a young man who has displayed admirable courage and determination…his energy has been consistent! Lets be honest, how many men would be as brave as he has been to even attempt to topple Dpp…lets learn from him…unlike Atupele who is his fathers puppet…he has made history and has been respectful to Dr Chakwera…lets just pray that all their promises come to pass. I have the deepest admiration for the likes of him and Mtambo…the rest of us just know how to complain for years and years but do… Read more »

Kyala
Kyala
8 months ago

Yes, Chilima campaigned very well and added some votes to Chakwera but also many of his supporters deserted him because of forming an alliance with mcp.

If all of Chilima supporters had backed him, Laz would have had more than 3million votes. Laz maintained his 1m plus votes, so skc really brought slightly about 1m or so.

So please don’t over praise.

BigMan
BigMan
8 months ago
Reply to  Kyala

He brought 1 million and you think that is not good enough?? Which world are you living in?

China
China
8 months ago

Chilima has done all the work for MCP if it wasn’t for him no way MCP ikanawina however we pray they work together for greater good of Malawi. Saulosi our next president after Chakwera

Nicholous
Nicholous
8 months ago

Just to add gaga mudiwa. All Tonse Alliance played very important role in this alliance for they worked as a team. I give credit to all of them. Even Chimunthu Banda come at the right time.

Tsogolo langa lafika
Tsogolo langa lafika
8 months ago

SKC is in a league of his own as a politician and a salesman. He knows how to connect with the masses, a master at communicating issue and a great orator. He has galvanized the youth and the old like no one has ever done before, SKC has brought a new perspective to Malawi/African politics. His unsatiable thirst for hard work matches no-one, hope he will be allowed to maximize his potential in the New Malawi!

Wakwithu
Wakwithu
8 months ago

Chilima is supper and the fact that he combined with the wise Dr Laz and his established mighty MCP made the TONSE ALLIANCE to succeed.

When the alliances were forged the DPP/UDF alliance advised that Atupele wouldn’t add any value. Look there is a reduction in the total number of votes the alliance got.

Wakwiya ndi fiti 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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