Analysts weigh in on running mate choices: Who would Mutharika, Muluzi, Chilima, JB pair with?

Political  and governance experts have spoken on the criteria that presidential candidates should use to pick their  runningmates in the May 21 Tripartite Electiosn and speculations countinue on  who incumbent President Peter Mutharika leading the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima of UTM Party will pair with.

Chingaipe: The presidential candidates should consider  intergeneration gap

Henry Chingaipe, a  political governance analyst,  described the choice of particular individuals who can bring votes to the lead candidates as the main element parties consider, especially those that keep identities of their running mates under wraps.

“You will see that people who think that regionalism matters in terms of votes will emphasise on recruiting a running mate who comes from a region help presidential candidates to gain votes and win the government,” said Chingaipe in quotes reported by Malawi’s leading daily newspaper,  The Nation on Tuesday.

He said others  think that in this particular election, “religious diversity will be an important issues and they are probably searching for a potential running mate that comes from a different religion from theirs.”

Chingaipe said other factors the Mutharika, Chilima , Atupele Muluzi (United Democratic Front -UDF) and Joyce Banda (People’s Party –PP) could consider  are “intergeneration gap” in the saense that if a presidential candidate is seen to be of advanced age, they are better off chosing someone younger who appeals to the youth.

“When you look at the matrics, you may find that all these variable are what presidential candidates are looking for in running mates that becomes very difficult,

“Still others will think of gender… If  a candidate is male they will settle for a female partner at the ballot,” said Chingaipe as quoted by the paper.

The daily also quoted University of Malawi’s Chancellor College-based political commentator Ernest Thindwa who pointed out that  “unfortunately” in Malawi “we do not vote on the basis  of the competence of our political candidates but along ethnic and regional lines.”

Thindwa mentioned constant sour relationships between presidents and vice-presidents and the subsequent relegation of the Office of the Vice-President as a consequence of ignoring the capacity aspect.

Chingaipe agreed with Thindwa, saying the whole idea of elections has been flawed.

“ Even our choice of President has never been based on criteria where you elect a candidate to deliver a specific agenda because we do not have a national agenda or the basis of looking at the job and finding out who is suitable,” he said.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera, Tikonze People’s Movement led by former vice-president Cassim Chilumpha and independent hopeful Ras Chikomeni Kadelere Chirwa  have already made public their running mates.

Chakwera announced his party’s first vice-president Mohammad Sidik Mia as his running mate on December 2 2018 ostensibly because the MCP membership entrusted Mia to be his deputy at the convention.

Chikomeni, on the other hand, said he is picking his mother Niness Kayengo as his running mate because she has been his adviser all his life while Chilumpha has settled for People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) president Mark Katsonga, a partner in their coalition.

The winning presidential candidate and running mate eventually become the country’s President and Vice-President, respectively. In the event of the President’s death, incapacitate, impeachment or resignation, the Vice-President takes over.

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National CEO
National CEO
3 years ago

Ras Chirwa for president. For the first time Malawi will see no rift between president and VP.

Nancy Pelosi
3 years ago

Politics is a big puzzle, no one can predict the direction it will take. All this that the so called political commentators are saying is mere wishful thinking. voting on regional or tribal lines can never stop. Even in the USA people had high hopes with Donald Trump, but now the man has turned a puppet of Putin and everybody is regretting having elected him. He is probably worse than Maduro of Venezuela with his fake “America first” agenda.. Look, even the Speaker of House of representative challenged him there there would be no money for the wall which has… Read more »

bwampini
bwampini
3 years ago

ma so called political analysts, sindikuwamvetsa. kaya akuti chiyani. all l want is to see dpp gone in May. ithe ngati UDF

Kaitano
Kaitano
3 years ago

Therefore we need to vote for those who already have their running mate, other wise it seems the action taken by other parties it’s just as corruption behind. What are they trying to do to Malawians? I mean, doesn’t it mean that they are not ready to Govern Malawians? Come on! Malawians let’s not be blind like this,,, I guess when it’s like this it just shows how they want to take Malawians for granted? Look, this is why Malawi is remaining poor and poor in every thing,, the time they are delaying of choosing their running mate, is the… Read more »

CHOKA SATANA
3 years ago

CHILIMA + CHAKWERA BOMA

Chatonda
Chatonda
3 years ago

Moto kumapiri moto kumapiri. The dilemma is a sign of having no body who can be trusted and bring the much needed votes. The other problem for dpp is that there are 4 president s coming and sharing a handful votes from the few registered voters while mcp enjoys the central region votes.
LL alone has more voters than all the 5 Lomwe belt or dpp belt which means obvious disaster….

Bystander
Bystander
3 years ago
Reply to  Chatonda

Chatonda your Maths is wrong go and consult again. Am not DPP but Lilongwe cannot beat all the Lomwe Districts combined.

SCARIOT-MAN
SCARIOT-MAN
3 years ago

very clear we vote on tribal lines, nothing specials about competence of the leaders we choose, we are hard core tribalists as a country

Mr. Ibu
3 years ago

In all this it is only Dr. Chakqera who has been clever enough to pick Sidik Mia. This will appeal for votes from the south and among Muslims. So MCP will win come what may.

SKC
SKC
3 years ago
Reply to  Mr. Ibu

Za ziiii

Mbwiyembwiye
Mbwiyembwiye
3 years ago
Reply to  SKC

INDEED ZA ZIII! DPP WONT GO! COME RAIN COME SUNSHINE! BLUE MPAKA 2024 WOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ATUPELE 2034 WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUDPF UNITED DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE FRONT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! M’MIMBA KUTI BOOOOOOOOOOOOPOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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