Chakwera ‘not bothered’ with Mutharika’s snub, cheer up Gwanda

Malawi Congress Party  (MCP) president Dr Lazarus Chakwera has said he is not bothered with the conduct of President Peter Mutharika who snubbed him at the opening of the HTD’s Abdul Majid Motor City in Blantyre .

Chakweraand Chakuamba (right)

Chakweraand Chakuamba (right)

During the function, President Mutharika reportedly  ignored Chakwera twice.

The MCP president is also leader of opposition in parliament  and finished second to Mutharika in the controversial May 20 Tripartite Elections, was one of the high-profile guests that sat on the presidential podium alongside former president Bakili Muluzi, Cabinet ministers, Chief Secretary to the Government George Mkondiwa  and First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Esther Mcheka Chilenje, among others.

Chakwera, whose party argues was robbed of victory during the May 20 Tripartite Elections that put Mutharika in power,  told Nyasa Times in an exclusive interview on Monday that he is not moved with what happened ,saying he is not after personal recognition.

“I am not after personal recognition,” said Chakwera downplaying the incident.

Chakwera confirmed that indeed Mutharika never gave him a handshake and even not mentioned him.

A statement signed by presidential press secretary Frederick Ndala, said Mutharika did not ignore Chakwera, but failed to give him a handshake because of a barrier.

Ndala also said it was just an oversight for the President not to recognise the leader of opposition in his salutations.

He said salutations document was handed over to the President as he was about to speak and as such he genuinely missed Chakwera’s name and a few others at the event.

However, Chakwera said: “Am not bothered by such reports,  in fact I had indicated  that in so far as I am concerned,  my life is a life of service.”

He added: “I had been invited to attend the meeting where a launch of a great business venture by Malawians was going to be inaugurated by the President so I honoured the invitation. And I do not believe in petty politics so it’s unfortunate that happened  in that way. I respect the office of Presidency from day one,” said Chakwera.

Commenting on the current relationship with Mutharika, the MCP leader described the relationship as “cordial”.

Said the MCP president: “I do not seek personal recognition.  I serve Malawians.”

“What I believe is that we serve the same people,” he said.

Chakwera told Nyasa Times that he will continue to do his job of checks and balances  as an opposition leader  without fear.

He told Nyasa Times that soon after the launch of  HTD Limited – a private local limited liability company incorporated in Malawi in 1993 and started constructing the new premises in 2004 –  he went to see former MCP leader Gwanda Chakuamba who is recuperating home after recently he received treatment  in South Africa.

Chakwera said he shared with the retired  politician ” good ideas”.

He said Chakuamba was in good spirits and well updated with current affairs.

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Adzafunika
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Amalawi timkanena kuti mtundu uwu ayi sianthu awa koma amalawi kumsamva komanso kupusa ndiye muone m’mene forex,mafuta,zisowere tsopano.Izi ndi zofuna dala amalawi musiyeni chakwera president wathu.

willywill831
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our people talk of education salvages, but ours is a proffesor salvage no wonder akupatsidwa mayina ndi ana.

Arthur G.M. Mtambo
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MWINA DPP IKUCHITA MANYAZI NDIPONSO CHIFUNDO CHILI MU MITIMA MWAO NDI MAVUTO A CHISANKHO AJA, CHAKWERA CARRY ON AND GOD BE WITH YOU MAN OF GOD, PLEASE PRAY FOR MALAWI TO BE A LAND OF PEACE AND CALM + WEALTH—— KUCHOSA UPHAWI, NO CASHGATE AND CORRUPTION.

stephen
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that’s my president. realy dont be bothered with such things. and im happy for u cheering mbuya, khazikitsani ubale wa ndii down there, zizatichitira ubwino 2019. plesdent okongola ndi mtima omwe.

stephen
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that’s my president. realy dont be bothered with such things. and im happy for u cheering mbuya, khazikitsani ubale wa ndii down there, zizatichitira ubwino 2019

Zidura Ntengo Undigwere
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Zidura Ntengo Undigwere

MCP supporters are obsessed with Chakwera, rather than the future of their party! Incredible. The cadres should be urging their leader to explore for future votes in the South; it’s not too early to start working to win the 2019 elections.
MCP have a lot of work cut out for them, to be sure. People still remember the noxious behavior of that party, the “nyakula” party, when it ruled in that proto-dictatorship of HKB!
Even at bao games in the villages these days, the mantra is: “never again, MCP” – a political statement one espouses after winning a game!

kamphulusa
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People like you are responsible for the ills this country is going through. You support people blindly. Umbuli a Malawi kumezera malobvu nyama yodya anthu ena. Tsopano mukuvutika chifukwa chakuba kwa anthu ena amene mukuwaombela m’manja. Muziona anzanu a ku Bukina Faso. Anthu adzuka ochenjela ogwirizana osati osankhana mitundu koma onse olira

Mwanamulanje walankhula.
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If you Chakwera do not bother, then who does? You can’t do anything. Ask Tembo. Kuchita kuthawa ndale wosaununkha upuresidenti. History repeats itself. Its your turn for you Chakwera to dance political tunes and then finally quit presidentlessly. Usovenge.

Ronald Nkhoma
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ukamafa mumayamba ndimakutu kugontha

Kingpin
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Why is APM bitter?? Ofcourse he knows tht Lazarus Chakwera is way better than him. We’ve seen ppo arguing on a daily basis in political circles bt it doesn’t get personal to this extent.He is being so very childish & this is NOT the type of leader we r looking for. We don’t have time for this. Serve wth the interest of the nation @ heart Mr President. Leave your hurtful emotions & misplaced egos to yourself!!!!!!

Vikhumbo
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Inu Vomelezani,ku Opposition kulibe ulemu,mubamva kuwawa kumeneko ndi Chakwara wanuyo.angasiye ntchito yolumbira kufuna kutsogolela congress.tsoka ali nalo,zomwe anachita munthu ameneyu mukuti Chakwerayu zilingati munthu amene anakwatira mkazi wabwino ukwati woyera pamaso pamulungu kenako kuthesa banja kukakwatira Hule.Banja labwino ndi assembless,m’busa kuzozedwa thiii,mkuthawa kukakumana ndi hule opha anthu-congress,ife kwathu mau oti congress eeeeeee ndi mbola imeneyo,ndi uchite kuona tambala woti biiiiii umangodziwa mdza satana,inu chibweleleni tambala ameneyu nthawi yang’ona mpaka pano sanayerebe,zabwino palibe apa.munalamulira zaka 31 mwamavuvu,kuopposition zaka 21 mavuvu,musaiwale kumuwuza chakwerayo za 10 yrs yasalayo alimbe ntima,paja inu mumadalira ma 31.jst take not okufa sadziwika.

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