Chilima mulls over runningmate offer by MCP, storms Njamba

State Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima who is also UTM Party leader  is  considering the offer by Malawu Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazrus Chakwera to partner him as his runningmate in the forthcoming fresh presidential elections.

Chilima: UTM presidential hopeful could settle for running mate

Chilima and Chakwera—the duo that secured the landmark judgement by the five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court that nullified the May 21 2019 presidential election on February 3 2020— have been having discussions on the MCP-UTM alliance.

In the run-up to the annulled presidential election, Chakwera partnered former president Joyce Banda and her People’s Party (PP) as well as the country’s former vice-president Khumbo Kachali and his Freedom Party. The partnership between MCP and the two is still intact.

MCP has said it will take the presidency because of   its numerical strength in Parliament (55 legislators against UTM’s measly four) to claim that it is bigger than UTM and a Head of State should have numbers in parliament to legislate government business.

Chilima is yet to confirm is he is to settle for number two in an MCP-UTM alliance as he  is already vice-president and has been one for five years—a position that comes with a life-long pension.

He is short of getting the most prized position of Presidency, which he has been making it openly.

Mzuzu-based political commentator Emily Mkamanga hoped that, if formed, the MCP-UTM alliance would be different from previous partnerships, saying it would be much stronger to attain its aspirations.

Meanwhile, Chilima is scheduled to hold a public rally at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre this coming Sunday.

The rally will come barely a week after joint rally of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the United Democratic front (UDF) at the same venue.

The constitutional Court on February 3, 2020 nullified the May 21, 2019 Presidential polls and called for fresh elections within a period of 150 days.

The move has seen various political parties moving around the country wooing voters.

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go be
go be
8 months ago

Why call Chilima mbuzi and why threaten him kuti amupha? muatamuphe ndinu muziti MCP yamupha. Leave him , he is a free citizen to make his own choice. When he left AIRTEL did yzou tell him or he made his own decision? I think most people talking the negatives mukudziwa how chilima assisted DPP to be in govt and you are afraid he will make it with Chakwera. When he left his jiob non of you castigated him ndiye wasanduka mbuzi poti wa joina MCP? Let us analyse things with sanity not insanity. Whether his UTM will end or he… Read more »

Ascender
Ascender
8 months ago

All my hopes for a better Malawi are shattered that you are aligning yourselves with this notorious MCP. I had all the hope in you Chilima and not Chakwera. Please revisit your decision bwana.

Ndendeuli
Ndendeuli
8 months ago

MCP might have the bigger number of MPs but Chakwera’s leadership is inferior to that of Chilima.

Nil
Nil
8 months ago
Reply to  Ndendeuli

inferior based on what?

Chatonda
Chatonda
8 months ago
Reply to  Nil

Iwe, you mean you haven’t seen how Chakwera makes his decisions. Hypocrisy is his style (The case of K20m per constituency in parliament), crushing those with any contrary opinion in his party (The case of former party district chairmen, Kabwira, Njobvuyalema, Jumbe et al), making serious legal/political outbursts based on social media sentiments etc, eish!

Gold Ruyondo
Gold Ruyondo
8 months ago

Chilima , you have the key to Malawi”s liberation and please use it well.

Betha wa betha
Betha wa betha
8 months ago

This is the wrong presentation of facts! It’s not that MCP has offered Chilima something, but what the two discussed. The problem is DPP is to mispresent facts so that one should feel belittled and unconsidered. That’s wrong. Chilima is a mature politician who knows what is good for the country and he can see far beyond the forthcoming elections. He and Chikwera have come to know each other very and in most instance share a similar quality of leadership – boldness, frankness, and focus. As people, these two honorable gentlemen can surely build one adorable thing together, putting aside… Read more »

Joloza
8 months ago
Reply to  Betha wa betha

Betha was betha ukuyankhula ngati Mwana. Sukumudziwa munthu zimene amapanga. If man can betray God, what can stop him from betraying a fellow human being? Chilima akapanga alliance NDI Chakwera zimuonekera. Reverend pano uzimu unatha kalekale pano akungokhala ngati Shekau wa Bokohalamu. Making an alliance with MCP is suicidal for Chilima. That is a fact.

Bob Finye
Bob Finye
8 months ago

What has Chilima gained by leaving DPP? He has been state vp for 5 years. Does it make sense for him to be runningmate to Chakwera who has never been a minister?

MASO ENA
MASO ENA
8 months ago
Reply to  Bob Finye

AND ON WHO’S ORDER (INSTITUTION IF YOU MAY LIKE) SHOULD ONE FIRST BECOME AN MP, CABINET MINISTER TO BECOME HEAD OF STATE??
HOW MANY OF SUCH BAFFOONS WHO’VE FOLLOWED YOU ‘CORRIDOR’ HAVE MADE GOOD PRESIDENTS FOR MALAWI (CHECK THE RATIO OF THE 5 PAST PRESIDENTS)??

Bob Finye
Bob Finye
8 months ago
Reply to  MASO ENA

Unlike Chakwera, Chilima has cabinet experience and deserves to eaf the alliance on that account.

Bob Finye
Bob Finye
8 months ago
Reply to  MASO ENA

Can you name any former president who was never a ministet before assuming predidency?

namatetule
8 months ago

Go Chilima. They will kill you and get another running mate. Please go join them, prepare your last will and live a righteous life ready to meet your maker. Go thee well

Joloza
8 months ago

Chilima NDI mbuzi yamunthu. Munthu opanda masomphenya ndipo omvetsa chisoni kwambiri. Sindikudziwa Kuti anamuloza ndani. Akufuna u president oti unali wake kale Koma kupanda discipline. Chilima automatically akanakhala president 2024 akanati asachoke Ku DPP. Pano akufuna mpando wake omwe kuchokera Ku opposition bench. Lero lomwe linadetsa nthengu. Chilima can’t accuse Mutharika Kuti anamuchotsa kuchipani. Koma chifukwa chokula Mutu anazichotsa yekha. Pano akufuna u VP kuchokera Ku alliance ndichipani cha ng’ona. Kuzichedwetsa basi. Nthawi imene akufuna u VP wa alliance NDI nthawi imene anayenera kukhala president wa dziko. Shame Chilima. You are mayopic . Chilima wakanika kuyionera meter patali. God had… Read more »

DPP-Zero
DPP-Zero
8 months ago
Reply to  Joloza

INU NGATI KUMUDZI KWANU AKULODZANI, MUSAMATISOKONEZEPO APA

Thakatzyso
Thakatzyso
8 months ago
Reply to  DPP-Zero

If Chilima goes to MCP it means DPPand Muluzi are out of power. No body will tamper Chilima and 50% is not any joke,

Mabvuto
Mabvuto
8 months ago
Reply to  Joloza

Joloza chisiru cha muthu, Kodi Chilima anali ndi mpando wanji ku DPP munangomugwilitsa ntchito agalu inu, even mu executive simunamuyikemo ayi lero fwefwe matha bwnji

#Better MW
#Better MW
8 months ago

If Chilima and Chakwera can not find a political solution to join forces, then at least try a
legal contract of power sharing where all aspects of the partnership are clearly spelled out, i.e. when each
shall get a chance to run as president, Expectations, consequences of going back on ones word, etc.
Have those very capable lawyers hammer out a deal, so everyone is clear on their roles, expectations,
and what they are getting into.

MASO ENA
MASO ENA
8 months ago
Reply to  #Better MW

SUCH ‘AGREEMENTS’ CANNOT OUTWEIGH THE COUNTRY’S CONSITUTION!!

#Better MW
#Better MW
8 months ago
Reply to  MASO ENA

Ofcourse not. All I am saying is find a way to work it out. The current situation is not tenable.

Kondwani
Kondwani
8 months ago

UTM has got two options. 1. Continue existing as a party after election by being in alliance or 2. Stop existing as a party after election. Kunena moona UTM is a pressure group , it doesn’t have any base . It is counting on swing votes , ku mpoto. But anthu aku mpoto ngosadalirika as can change any time. If they do that can leave UTM in precarious position destined for doom . You may need to know that anthu sangavotere the party that will lose . At all cost UTm payokha siingapeze mavoti even 20 percent so chilima asakule… Read more »

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