Chilima says his running mate will be Malawi’s VP

UTM Party presidential candidate Saulos Chilima has said the person he will name as running mate for the May 21 watershed elections will be the Vice President of the country.

Chilima says he will name the running mate in the next few days.

Addressing a news  conference in Lilongwe  on Wednesday,  Chilima , who is currently the State vice-president, said he will name the ‘surprise’ running mate in the next few days.

“The person I am going to name as my running mate will become the Vice President of this country after May 21,” said a confident and emphatic Chilima.

Many Malawians thought Chilima had called for the news conference to announce his running mate.

Asked by journalists if his UTM party will go into an electoral alliance with other opposition parties, Chilima said discussions are still under way.

“We are still discussing and in the next 48 hours or so, we will make an announcement,” said Chilima.

“But people are still meeting and we don’t want to violate constitutions of other parties, so discussions are still on-going,” he added.

Chilima, who will run for presidency on a UTM Party ticket, his first attempt to the country’s top job,  is expected to present his nomination papers to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) at Comesa Hall in Blantyre on Wednesday next week, 6th February 2019, probably where he will put to rest who is the mystery running mate.

Chilima said he will initiate change of the law to have a Deputy President instead of a Vice President to avoid the bad working relationships that have rocked the President and his vice since the country adopted the multiparty system of government in 1994.

“We should have a law which specifies the duties of a Deputy President not the situation that we have now where the Vice President is at the mercy of the President in terms of what he or she will do despite the two running together and winning the elections as a pair,” said Chilima.

“I was the last Vice President to be treated the way other vice presidents have been treated because after 21 May, the one I am going to name as my running mate will work with me as a Deputy President and there will be no problems,” said Chilima.

Asked what would become of him if he was going to lose the elections, Chilima quipped: “Maybe we should ask those who will lose the elections on what they will be doing, as for me, you should come to Bingu National Stadium for my inauguration on May 23.”

Malawi  will hold watershed  elections on May 21. The country has held competitive elections since 1993, when the repressive one-party regime of Hastings Kamuzu Banda, who ruled for three decades after independence, ended.

But analysts say the country is still mired in a cycle of personality-driven patronage politics that feeds graft.

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Massive
2 years ago

Ican smell Atupele be coming deputy President for chilima..jst wait and see

Hastings Sosola
Hastings Sosola
2 years ago

Running Govt means serious business. Yes Chilima is serious. The man is genius. Malawi goes on a standstill when he says he wants to speak, and Malawi listens. Bravo SKC.

HUUU
HUUU
2 years ago

Julius Malema wa pa Malawi mind you Saulos -Too much confidence it led to a failure ” You friends also do as you do in south Africa .Julius Malema is too much than you go and ask him .

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
2 years ago

Please someone school me, is there a big difference or is there a difference at all between a DEPUTY and a VICE? Anyway at least i know who your running mate is going to be. Ladies and Gentlemen, Chilima’s running mate is Gospel Kadzako. From a reliable source, Gospel Kadzako’s ZBS has been airing chilima’s meetings and gatherings for free in exchange of being second in command for Chilima’s losing team.

Wilson
Wilson
2 years ago

Pathfiner, u are a big liar. Whatever UTM and SKC advertises is paid for. Stop misleading people outright

nthepute fillimoni
nthepute fillimoni
2 years ago

being deputy the president has some powers to fire you

KimK
KimK
2 years ago

Chilima thinks he is the shiznit

General Noriega
General Noriega
2 years ago

Chilimas confidence is on steroids heeee this man his nerves are made of steel anyway see you after 21 may then I will see whether confidence imeneyi ndiya ukape kapena the guy is cocky

QueenB
QueenB
2 years ago

Chilimas confidence yooooo I fail to understand

Dhas
Dhas
2 years ago
Reply to  QueenB

Akhale ndi real confidence bwenzi atapita ku mgwirizano wa zipani zopanda mifundazi?

Nambewe Sokosi
Nambewe Sokosi
2 years ago

It still remains a mystery to me as to where Chilima gets his confidence from. i just like his guts . The guy has a nerve!

Bob
Bob
2 years ago

Talking with confidence. Bravo Chilima. Ena atsegula m’mimba

Ishmael Phiri
Ishmael Phiri
2 years ago

A bunch of disgruntled people led by Disgruntled in Chief. Their only objective is to get into government and use government machinery to fight their imagined enemies. Running government is serious business..

Nyapapi
Nyapapi
2 years ago
Reply to  Ishmael Phiri

He is employed by government like Muthalika did.

CitizenX
CitizenX
2 years ago
Reply to  Ishmael Phiri

just bcoz ur agogo is failing to run govt it doesnt we all malawians cant run govt k, u fool

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