Callista supports Chilima as ‘hope for better Malawi’: Bingu’s widow WhatsApp post goes viral

Former Malawi first lady Callista Mutharika has sparked debate  following her WhatsApp post which has gone viral in which she expressed her opinion that vice president Saulos Chilima was the country’s hope for a better future and that he should lead the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as presidential candidate in 2019 polls.

Callista Mutharika: Support Chilima as a hope for better Malawi

President Mutharika and vice president Saulos Chilima: DPP  winning ticket in 2014

Callista, the widow of DPP founding president and former Head of State Bingu wa Mutharika, posted her sentiments through a WhatsApp forum for former members of Parliament (MPs) which has gone viral as many people are sharing on social media.

“Honourable members, just to let you know that I, Callista Bingu wa Mutharika, is one member that is supporting and encouraging the Right Honourable Saulos Chilima to represent DPP as a presidential candidate in 2019… Chilima our hope for better Malawi,” wrote Callista in the WhatsApp message seen by Nyasa Times.

She claimed her life is now in danger as some people, apparently not amused with her position, were plotting to “finish her off.”

Reads her post: “Right now I hear certain quarters are unhappy with my move and are planning to finish me. I don’t know how. This is for your information. Meanwhile, help watch and see how they will finish me…”

Nyasa Times independently verified the authenticity of the WhatsApp that the number was indeed Callista’s phone. Both Bingu’s widow and the chairperson of the forum Clement Stambuli confirmed it is Callista who wrote on the group.

Stambuli said the platform is public because members were were public figures and Callista was writing to inform members that she is in danger for her support for Chilima.

But Callista refused to say anything more than what she has expressed herself on WhatsApp forum.

Presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani said Mutharika will be torch bearer for DPP in the elections.

Speculation has been rife that the State machinery and DPP were sidelining Chilima, who joined active politics in 2014 after being picked as Mutharika’s running mate in the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections, in an attempt to ditch him ahead of the 2019 elections.

But Mutharika is on record praising Chilima as his son and proclaiming that the two have an excellent working relationship.

For some time, the taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) had visibly snubbed airing events of the Vice-President.

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Koma zoonadi mwanayu Chilima ndiye ali ndi mantha as if he’s not in politics.Even Callista knows that maybe that’s why she’s talking of “pushing” him to raise his hand at the forthcoming party elective conference. He should probably be paired with Atupele.

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Callista

Chilima kungokhala woyimila DPP dziwani kuti azachitaya chipanichi mmmene Bingu did with UDF.
Another fact is that Chilima doesnt have DPP in his blood. He has vice president blood.
Kaya ndifukwa chiyani DPP dont see this. The late you decide this the worst for dpp should expect. Its 11months to go.count down

Cha pond
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Cha pond

Chilima akhoza kukhala president wabwino koma vuto ndi wa mantha koopsa. He can’t take risk. Kuopa kuphedwa ngati mmene wanenera Callista kuti DPP imapha. Callista akudziwa zonsezi.
Chilima amaopa kugwirisa zinsanzo kuchokera kuno ku malawi pamene amapanga public lecture ku Chanco.
Take a risk bro otherwise you have a legacy that unathandizira kubera zinsankho.

TRUMP
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TRUMP

Oooh God please Remove the scales of blindness from the eyes of my fellow MALAWIANS so that we can see that BUSHIRI IS ANSWER TO OUR HARDSHIPS OTHERWISE WE WILL REGRET LIKE NEVER BEFORE IN HUMAN HISTORY PLEASE PAC CHIEFS CHURCH LEADERS INVITE BUSHIRI TO COME AND GOVERN THE COUNTRY AS WAS THE CAUSE WITH KAMUZU THESE; FIELD MARSHALS WILL NOT TAKE US ANYWHERE

Fake
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Fake

Iwe ndi wouma mutu, eti? Bushiri ndekuti chani?

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

THAT IS WHY THE GOVERNMENT WANTS SIM REGISTRATION SO THAT THEY CAN EASLY VERIFY OUR NUMBERS.

Ndi mai wa UDF ameneyo
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Ndi mai wa UDF ameneyo

Anzathu a ku Joni amaganiza ngati Callister. Uyo Zuma walowa mkhoti chifukwa chakuba.
Sinthawi yomati uyo ndi wamtundu wathu. Ngati sizilibwino kumsiya. Mthalika walephera zoonadi koma amene akudya naye akupusisa anthu akumwera to make him appear wabwino. The best option is Chilima or Chakwera basi.
Mark my words this is beginning of great disaster in DPP which shall make mthalika not stand in 2019

Big
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Big

Things are falling apart in the part

Just a Penny
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It is wrong for Mutharika to tale Chilima as his son. He is not, by fa,r his son regardless of a huge age difference. He is his VP or colleague (kolega in Portuguese), otherwise he is as well be his comrade (camarada in Portuguese). the more Mutharika feel Chilima the more demeaning it becomes. Chilima could as well be considered a President in waiting in case something goes wrong with the the current President. Don’t forget that Callista was promised that she would never walk alone and yet she is completely alone. Who amongst the sensible people can swallow that?

Prince of shitholes
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Wakalamba Pitala basi. Watha msunzi. Callista wawonapo kanthu apa.

Chifundo
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Chifundo

Kodi Callista anakwatiranapo ndi Bingu? Hule limamngovulira aliyese lija mmesa linangopita kukadya ndarama

Kuthauku
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Kuthauku

Kutukwana bwanji kodi Chifundo? Tipatseni mfundo.

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