Chakwera, JB, Nyondo snub Mutharika’s luncheon

Leader of Opposition and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Rev Dr Lazarus Chakwera on Thursday was no show at hilltop Sanjika Palace in Blantyre where President Peter Mutharika is hosted a luncheon to all presidential candidates who contested in the May 20 2014 elections.

Chakwera: No show

Chakwera: No show

It was widely expected that former Malawi president and People’s Party (PP) founder Joyce Banda  was going to be the only absentee as she is currently in United States on a tour of her philanthropy duty.

Her spokesperson, Tusekele Mwanyongo, said the former president was still in the U.S. where she had gone to attend some events on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting

But Chakwera and National Salvation Front party president James Nyondo snubbed Mutharika’s olive branch’ he extended to all contenders in May presidential race.

MCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwila said Chakwera had received the invitation late.

“We think it was an afterthought from the Mutharika to invite Chakwera, that is why it was better for our party president not to attend,” Kabwila said in an interview.

MCP has always claimed that Mutharika did not genuinely win the May elections, saying he stole votes from Chakwera.

The MCP president said he conceded defeat for the sake of peace.

“We believe we did not lose. The systems failed us and all this happened in full view of all Malawians and the world. And we believe that Malawians would still have loved to know what really happened.

“We find ourselves therefore in a position where on Malawi Electoral Commission’s (MEC) own admission the result of Presidential vote is flawed but they are compelled to announce it and on that basis the President of Malawi declared,” he noted.

The presidential luncheon was intended to promote a sense of camaraderie among all those who contested for the presidential seat and at the same time commend the former contenders for participating in the landmark event.

Chakwera, who came second in the election with 27.8% of the vote said history will judge him and MCP “ kindly” on what happened in the election pertaining to the declaration of the Presidential winner.

Mutharika is the brother of the late President Bingu wa Mutharika, who died in office in 2012, and obtained 36.4% of the vote, according to the Malawi Electoral Commission.

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Ameneyo ndiye mchewa munthu wawnyau ngakhale utamuchitila chabwino chotani sadzayamika. kabwila ntchito kubwindila basi. to hel with u kuipa mtima ndi nkhope yomwe

Yaya
Guest

Muthu wozindikira sagulidwa ndi nsima! Pamenepa Chakwera wasonyeza kuti sayendera madyera mphotho kapena ugogodi. Bravo Chakwera 2019 Boma!

Puya wa Mapuya
Guest

Kabwila always negative,JB is in the US zomveka.

Avide Lunguja
Guest

I thought he is man of God, he has been preaching: TO FORGIVE AND FORGET. He should know that this is politics, he ask JZU he will tell him kukula mtima supita nazo patali

Manganya
Guest

munalephera pa chisankho basi munkapeza ma 4, mungadutse choncho? Mungozivuta ndi tsankho lanulo.

the northern speech
Guest

Gud move chakwela let them do wat they can do

chimango Barnet
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Chakwera , JB, Nyondo are true leaders who dnt want to waste government moneys for nothing than to buy drugs for our hospitals

mabvuzi ayabwa
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Well done APM…. YOU have remained consistent in your position. Osati zinazi now sucking up to Mutharika just to get a position. Maintain your stand future president

ELIAH
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Kabwira mudzafa osalamulako mukapitiriza citidwe wa khwidziwo

DOBO
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The idea of federalism is sign of great division Malawi is in due to regionalism, tribalism and nepotism that have been existing behind scenes.The voting pattern is our mirror of all this.The southerners love and vote leaders from southern region.Those from central except those whose roots are from southern region and northern region but live in central region love and vote leaders from central.The down fall of AFORD has left northerners confused and always go for alternative for favors knowing that they can produce a President.This does not mean the northerners are not regionalistic.To say the truth,the northerners are more… Read more »
BOKO HARAMU
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IF THERE IS STUPID PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IN THIS COUNTRY IS CHAKWERA.HE SHULD JUST ACCEPT THE DEFEATE

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