Chilima would be weak candidate for DPP — Mutharika 

President Peter Mutharika has declared himself torchbearer of ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) during the 2019 Tripartite Elections, trashing those calling for him to leave the stage and favours Vice President Saulos Chilima to represent DPP, saying they want a weak candidate to give Malawi Congress Party (MCP) the presidency on a silver platter.

President Mutharika and vice president Saulos Chilima

Former first lady Callista Mutharika said recently that Mutharika, 79, would be too old to carry on as he would be 84 at the time of leaving office in 2024 if re-elected next year.

Callista, who is the President’s sister- in-law, favours Chilima, 45, to represent DPP in 2019.

Some senior DPP members, such as director of youth Louis Ngalande and legislators Bon Kalindo, Allan Ngumuya and Noel Masangwi have also come out in support of Callista’s sentiments.

But speaking on Saturday at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) on arrival from the United Kingdom where he had gone to attend a Commonwealth meeting in the presence of Chilima,  the President described those calling for him to leave the stage to young people as “Judas Iscariots” who do not wish him and the DPP well.

“There some who want to destroy DPP, the MCP are running scared of DPP because they fear that if I will be candidate ndizawanyenya [I will defeat them]. From 2012 when Bingu [wa Mutharika] died the party had died but you and me continued  with the party securing victory in 2014 and we will do it again in 2019,” said Mutharika.

“There are some Judas Iscariots who say they want to boot me out of the party.  I am going nowhere, I will not go as people have said, I will stand come 2019, contest and win with a landslide,” he said.

He added: “These Judas Iscariots would like to give MCP the presidency on a silver platter. I will not allow that. That is why I say let us stop the betrayals, tiwanyenyanyenya, tiwapondaponda, tiwangonjetsa.

The President called on the members in his party “to stop the habit of betrayal and aim at working together to build the party”.

DPP vice-president for the South George Chaponda is on record  as saying President Mutharika will go unopposed at the party’s convention and represent the party in the 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Finance and Economic Planning Minister Goodall Gondwe  also said running the President’s office and government affairs is serious business that requires the old who have experience and not “babies” who are novices on State matters.

Ngalande has however wondered there are  pronouncements  on candidacy when DPP has not had a National Governinng Counci (NGC) meeting since 2013 where such issues could be discussed.

He asked President Mutharika  to set the date of the convention, saying “self-declarations are not democratic.”

But presidential press secretary and spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani dismissed accusations that the President was being dictatorial, saying there was nothing dictatorial about an individual announcing his or her availability for re-election.

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Maunits
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Maunits

dpp yatha ngati ayime Pitala dpp wakundata basi

Alamu Mwakalamba Pumani
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When they say you are old they trying to be polite with you. At that age it’s like added time in football. The referee being God can blow the whistle for alamu and Goodall. Do you remember you came back from UNGA a sick man. Mugwasotu Inu. Lekelana wana. Ferguson Alex adazisiya in 2012. Wenger is going too. Dziko mwaliwononga.

Madala Team
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Basooooop! MCP sikucheza becareful mpatseni mwana ayemweko

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

So Chilima is weak??/ that is he is perceived by DPP. Iwe ukuti bwa Saulosi? Uyalukatu ukakamila

joe buleya
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joe buleya

Join the discussion
dpp has no supporters who follow it on principle there those who hang dpp clothes infront of their cars to avoid traffic police those that are looking for favours those that dont want to pay mra and those that want business advantages basi its a pity our brother Chilima has found himself with these masqunderers but dont undermine him

kaka ni dada
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kaka ni dada

The political ground doesn’t favour DPP, it favours MCP. Kubalalika ndi pamene president wa DPP anena kuti Chilima is a weak candidate pamene agogo Gondwe anena kuti Chilima ndi baby, ndipo muyelekeze kumutaya Chilima mugulitsa Ntcheu.

Listen and Love
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AGOGO PUMANI MWABA.

nkonsimphile gumede
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koma strong candidateyo nde utino tsopano??? bwampini wopanda mano mkamwayi???? nyasalande sadzathekanso ndithu!!!!!!!!!!

Mlendo
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Before he become President analibe Mano but he managed to bitr MCP, PP, DPP, etc. so whats wrong with you, Idiot . u didn’t vote for him and this time around don’t again. we will do the same as 2014. APM 2024 woooooooooo….

Duli
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Duli

Iwensotu ndekuti ndi bwampini. Akutuma eti?

chikoti
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chikoti

Truth be told here: APM and SKC is a WIinning duo..taking one out its weakness.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

I must applaud Peter Mutharika for how he’s managed to paralyse and put very smart and intelligent people, within DPP, into a trance-like state. Its like they have been hypnotised to act like zombies with no brains of their own. You listen to them from the podiums and during radio and TV interviews, and you wonder where their spirit has gone. They look like zombies, they speak like zombies, the walk like zombies, they laugh like zombies………no sign of human spirit. Someone needs to click a finger to bring them back to life. Unfortunately most of us citizens are also… Read more »

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