Chilima congratulates President Mutharika for re-election: Surprised with poll result

UTM  Party president Saulos Chilima has congratulated President Peter Mutharika on his re-election for the next five years but the  former vice president said he was surprised with the poll results.

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“We will continue speaking for justice,” said Chilima , who finished in third place – winning 1 million votes just over 20% of the ballot.

The former vice president who had his name initially not on the electoral register when he turned up to vote, said: “We have heard the results but we are surprised. As of now, let me congratulate the winner and wish him all the best.”

Chilima made the remarks  soon after Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)  declared Mutharika as winner in the highly contentious election.

He, however,  could not say whether he will work with the ruling party now that the UTM has trailed third in the parliamentary and presidential race.

“Whether we will work with him or not, that is an issue I will need to consult the party,” he said.

He, however, said the dismal performance of UTM in parliamentary election was a surprise to him.

UTM has four members of parliament  whilst Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has 62 legislators followed by Malawi Congress Party  (MCP) which has 55 members of parliament.

Chilima has assured Malawians that him and the UTM will bounce back during the 2024 election when  President Mutharika will be forced to leave office because of a Constitutional requirement while the MCP’s Lazarus Chakwera will not contest because of party constitutional requirement.

Mutharika leads the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which his elder brother, late President Bingu wa Mutharika, founded in 2005.

A former law professor, Mutharika, 78, came to power in 2014 and is credited with improving infrastructure and lowering inflation.

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Bonney Phiri
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Bonney Phiri

Anangochita bwino kuluza akanatizuza kwambiri sangayendetse dziko

Kambewa Chisale
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We all Love UTM and it’s Leadership. We know they have not won but Abela.
I hope History will not repeat itself Jane Ansah. What happened to your friend M Mbendela. He was used then knocked off to cover zobela. Ndalama mufanazi.

Ndine Yemweuja
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Ndine Yemweuja

SKC almost in all of his campaign rallies clearly said and I repeat;

” SANGABELE CHISANKHO NDI ANA AND’ONO, ACHEPA”.

So, what are u trying to tell the Malawi nation, my friend, if even your own SKC has conceded defeat

Prosper
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Prosper

Chilima’s brand of politics is miles ahead of Malawi’s times. Under the current settings, the majority of the population do not really understand how an economy works because they are semi illiterate and consequently ignorant. Unfortunatelly those very Ignorant people are the ones who actually believe they know and understand all things! The only way forward is to fight to have everybody go to school and improve the education quality as a starting point. Sanity will never prevail in Malawi until and unless this is adressed. After all it is just an illusion to believe that one man one vote… Read more »

Mbumba
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Mbumba

Facts only ignorant people who do not understand economics will rejoice that this party is in power chilima is indeed way ahead of time. Unfortunately many do not grasp his ideas. I hope 2024 will be his year and Malawians will have learnt some lessons .

Limma
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Limma

You need to be humble. Be a servant leader. You were more of an entertainer than a credible contender. Stop imitating Obama in your approach, don’t be a wanna be. Don’t be a show off, keep your feet on the ground, don’t place yourself above others, don’t be a know it all, don’t let your ego mislead you. Don’t be an opportunist, don’t call out thieves when you still have dealings with them, Malawians are not fools, they will see right through your ill motives. Work on your integrity. Be real! Be practical! If you’re really honest and genuinely have… Read more »

Ngozo
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Ngozo

Munayamba bwino koma mmmm za mcp zo mwalakwitsa. Mwaononga baba. Mcp ndi DPP nchimodzi modzi.

Mwe'ene
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Mwe'ene

Good advice … except when it comes to Chilima working with MCP.
UTM will perform even worse in 2024, especially if Chilima is still the leader. And DPP will slide smoothly into power again.

Denis
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Denis

100% right

Lorraine
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Lorraine

Ulemu wanu Limma🙏🙏. You have spoken facts. Uyo ali ndi khutu amve. Blessed are the humble for they shall be exalted.

Dennis gadamika
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Dennis gadamika

Your happy now within days you will be full at immigration looking for passport to go and look for jobs in South Africa and other countries why can’t you change your own home to be a better place stop being fooled by the old man you call Adad who is busy sleeping with other gays instead of changing Malawi

Piper
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Piper

Well said…Exodus to Joburg next and deal with xenophobia. The noisy ones are the ones with no jobs living in abject poverty in ntchito ife ana a dad. Pathetic

Lorraine
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Lorraine

Mutiuza bwinotu uncle Denis, Adad wo anagonapo nanu??😵😂😂😂😂😂😂

Happy nyirenda
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Wel done mr chakwera,we holding mcp together we cry for change giv us hope,we will do it together in 2024 boma mcp

Pindani
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Pindani

Prepare for five years ulova. No free housing, no free cars, no free security….no free salary. You got what you deserved crook iwe! In five years you will be as irrelevant as Atupele and will come fifth in the race.

Mboba
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Mboba

he will receive all those benefits for life as a retirement package fr the vice presidency my friend

National CEO
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National CEO

Do you know what you are writing or it’s just hatred? Chilima will get a house and will be receiving free cars, free salary, free security etc, while you and me will be financing these things. He is the winner.

Lorraine
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Lorraine

Am thinking 🤔🤔🤔, has salary ever came freely to anyone? I have always thought that, people work for it in order to get a salary. I wonder if there would be any government to introduce free salaries….Anyway, waiting to see that in 2024 manifestos, I wonder from which party🤧🤧🤧. Sorry I have got allergies ☹️

oMachemba
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oMachemba

To “HARDtalk” Chilima: Forget working with this government, iwe. Judas iwe.
And, to be sure, 2024 will feature different teams, but nobody can say what will happen. Even Chilima himself, may not be around in politics; ditto for the Kaliatis, Kabwilas, Kalistas et al.
Many people are actually celebrating Chilima’s and his UTM bus company’s defeat with gusto.
Akuchepa.

Lorraine
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Lorraine

😂😂😂UTM Bus Company….and just to add on to what oMachemba has said, UTM party is likely to extinct or die a natural death because, they only have 4 MP’s whom I have a strong feeling they will defect to other parties, thus making UTM having no representative in the August house. According to the law, a party which has no representative (MP’s) gets deregistered. So, 🤷fingers crossed this doesn’t not happen to UTM

Nalingula
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Nalingula

Zake zinatoyera…He has nothing to lose azidya Makobiri Athu for Life ,house ,cars ,security… Mfana wochenjera…Ati sindipanga Resign ndiziona Corruption Mbomamu….Koma Malawi…

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

You’re the leader that Malawi desperately need whether people like you or not but God is the answer for our situation & through God you’re the hope of the nation.