Chilima brands combination with Atupele unique for ‘youthquake’: Malawi paper says ‘spell out agenda’

State Vice-President Saulos Chilima who has expressed his interest  to be on the presidential ballot paper  in the 2019 Tripartite Elections has branded a possible ticket with United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Austin Muluzi as “unique combination” to steer the country’s development agenda.

Vice President Saulos Chilima and UDF leader and Minister Atupele Muluzi: Youth will decide

In an exclusive interview with privately-owned Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) Wednesday evening, Chilima who dumped  the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) accusing it of being riddled with corruption, nepotism and cronyism, spoke  positively of young Muluzi and that his UDF is one of the parties in the proposed grand electoral coalition.

Chilima said he would welcome an opportunity to partner with Muluzi, who is Minister of Health and Population in Mutharika’s Cabinet, on a presidential ticket if both sides agreed.

“We could explore how best a partnership could be structured. It presents a unique combination. Obviously, what is the heat of the moment is the ‘youth quake’, but obviously it is not just the issue of age, but youth who are progressive, delivering.

“It [the Chilima-Muluzi ticket] is an opportunity of two vibrant young men. We could see if we can present the partnership; it’s give and take.”

Commenting in a Whatsapp Group of UDF  members, musician-cum-politician Lucius Banda said Chilima-Muluzi would indeed be a dream ticket.

But Muluzi said his party, which formed the country’s first multiparty administration in 1994 led by his father Bakili Muluzi, holds its convention on August 1 and he has no mandate yet  to discuss any strategies for 2019.

“So, I cannot offer any decisions about partnerships at this stage [until after convention],” he said.

But Lucius Banda, the Balaka North legislator indicated if Chilima and Muluzi would work together he would not be contemplating on presidential run because it will be a good ticket for ‘youthquake’.

This comes at the time when some youth have rolled out a national elections campaign, code-named Youth Decide 2019, to dial up youth energies and active participation ahead of 2019 Tripartite Elections.

The campaign’s team leader Charles Kajoloweka said ‘Youth Decide 2019’  is a national campaign to amplify the voices of the youth when it comes to elections.

”It focuses on creating space for active participation of young people in the forthcoming elections. We want the youth to decide the future of this country in next year’s elections. The opportunity and potential is there because the youth are in majority. But to achieve that, we need first of all to organise ourselves to consolidate a powerful youth campaign,” Kajoloweka said.

Prevailing statistics show that during the forthcoming elections, the youth, aged 15-39, will constitute 39 percent of the 17.2 million population, forming a large constituent of both voters and contestants.

“The fact that youths constitute over 60 percent of the total Malawi’s population makes it a foregone conclusion that almost all the development challenges facing Malawi bear a youth face. Despite being in clear majority, evidence shows that most youths have not actively participated in political and governance processes in Malawi. There are fewer youthful Malawians than old people that participate in politics, especially in elections.

“Fewer youths than old people have contested in the presidential, parliamentary and local government elections or participate in front-line civil activism. The forthcoming elections in Malawi, therefore, presents a golden opportunity for the ordinary and marginalised young women and men who are in the majority and hungry for change to mobilise and organise themselves.”

Meanwhile, Malawi’s leading daily newspaper, The Nation, on a Thursday focused its editorial comment on Chilima’s comments during the televised interview.

The paper expressed the hope that Chilima and his associates will draw to be different politicians, by among others, rising above the First by focusing on issues other than pettiness and politics that concentrated on attacking personalities.

But it urged Chilima and his Transformation Movement to clearly outline their agenda for Malwi beyond 2019.

“They should tell Malawiand why they should be entrusted with governing the country,” urges the paper.

It also said Chilima should now forfeit his private life now that he aspires to be tenant of State House and let Malawians know what type of person  he is.

SKC – Saulos Klaus Chilima- should be prepared to be in the limelight like other aspirants.

The paper wished Chilima well as, like any qualifying Malawian, he is out  to exercise his constitutional right to bid for a public office of bid choice.

 

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Makha
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My analysis based on Chilimas remarks; 1.He is a decorated leader ,at the moment, who has no clear vision for the nation,-he is contemplating of standing as a Presidential candidate merely based on growing calls perpetrated by the * so-called chilima movement*, -a grouping of no vision and composed of frustrated DPP politicians. -a grouping he has denounced and prefers to call it transformation movement just to make sense -a grouping composed of members who are answering corruption charges,which he does not entertain and does not what to associate with allegedly corrupt people,why then not disassociate yourself with some of… Read more »

oMachemba
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oMachemba

Koma Chilima ndi wosakhwimanso eti!
That ticket would lose to DPP or MCP by a wide margin: something like in the 2:10 ratio, I predict.
People, even most of our relatives in the village, do NOT vote just for “pretty” faces or cute youths. Anthu anachenjera masiku ano.

Lookout màsuku
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Lookout màsuku

Youth quake my dirty bottom,,Atupele cannot make his own decisions,he has to consult his father ,the father thinks for him .He is one useless spoiled boldhead.You wil bel teaming up with Bakili Muluzi ,Atupele is a brainless fraud ,he claims that he has a law degree ,how can he have a degree when he failed his examination?Saulos is now a desperado ,time is against him .He will fail miserably in 2019,ndiye udzalira ngati mmene unalilira ku Chanco utalindidwa Linda …Paja suchedwa kulira

Mary
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Saulos needs a head transplant

Mchacha
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Mchacha

I think it’s you who needs one.

Ande
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Ande

I thought Chilima told APM kuti ‘njoka saweta’ in reference to Atupele Muluzi. So, how can he say that he can work with Atupele the ‘snake’ to get the vote through Youthquake? Chilima is really pathetic.

Raja curry powder
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Raja curry powder

I was going to vote MCP. But chilima has sparked something in me and many others. Voting for him just seems right… him and Atupele…my gosh what a combination… change is coming…

Vima
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Vima

You don’t know what politics Muluzi the father plays. He sees more chances for his son under APM than under Chilima. He sees an opportunity to take back government which he inadvertently handed over to Bingu. Muluzi still seethes with rage over the way DPP took over the reigns from a well-run campaign which he put up. Muluzi is carefully inching closer to taking back the government and believe me, he will make sure that he does that. People should also know that Muluzi hates to see the presidency go back to the central region. This will the be the… Read more »

Kibaki
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Kibaki

I said it. Chilima sizinthu amwene. Tiyeni toooonse tikwere Team ChakweraMia

mtete
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Let me remind you Mr Chilima that you are under oath. Please repeat after me.

“I Saulos Klaus Chilima solemnly swear that, in compliance with the Constitution of Malawi, I will uphold the rule of law by, among other things, not interfering in the trial of one Elson Bakili Muluzi after an alliance with Atupele Muluzi and ascending to the high office of President of the Republic of Malawi.

Cognitive DIssonance Theory
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Cognitive DIssonance Theory

Political novice the more you talk the more you become irrelevant. This movement will not move..

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