Chilumpha no show and Chisi’s show off at presidential election debate

Former vice-president and leader of the Assembly for Democracy and Development (ADD) Cassim Chilumpha who is a presidential candidate in the May 21 Tripartite Elections on the ticket of Tikonze People’s Movement failed  to show up for a presidential debate on Tuesday in Lilongwe.

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Chilumpha had earlier confirmed to organisers of the televised debate that he will tussle in a second round televised debate but he was no show at the main auditorium of Bingu InternationalConventionCentre (Bicc).

He gave no explanation for his absence but his spokesman Mses Gambatila however said Chilumpha will attend the final debate if invited.

On Tuesday the panelists included John Chisi (Umodzi Party), Peter Kuwani (Mbakuwaku Movement for Development-MMD) and Reverend Kaliya (independent).

The first round on Friday featured Atupele Muluzi of United Democratic Front (UDF), Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM’s Saulos Chilima.

The finals series will feature all presidential candidates. President Peter Mutharika the flagbearer for the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who is running for a second and final five-year term in office,  is shunning the debates.

During the second round of presidential debates, the three candidates  Chisi, Kuwani and Kaliya agreed that there was deep-rooted corruption in government.

However, Chisi said there is need to change the crop of leaders from the same political pedigree and “take a risk” with new thinking.

He said amongst the eight presidential candidates, he was a better off as a Malawian trained professor, saying the other professor is “tired” in apparent jibe at President Professor Peter Mutharika, 79.

Chisi asked the electorate to remove the “old professor” and called for new leadership. He prides himself as an educated  leader a prized asset that gives him the “command.”

He said:“Malawians should not be obstinate, it is time to change and elect new leaders.”

On Tuesday Chisi was the main act of the debate and spoke with confidence and authority with good command of English unlike the other two panellists who were only fluent in local lingua franca Chichewa.

Governance expert and political commentator Makhumbo Munthali who told Nyasa Times that the televised debates are a “battle of ideas” said the three aspirants – Chisi, Kuwani and Kaliya did not live up to  expectations.

“Of course, with few exceptions where the three aspirants engaged themselves to a constructive debate on health issues, the [candidates] turned this important forum into an arena of comedy where they either committed serious fallacies or shared unrealistic plans such as buying hericopters for health centres,” said Munthali who was part of the audience at BICC.

He continued: ‘In my view this was a missed opportunity for these candidates in order to prove their critics wrong that despite the fact that they were going to lose the elections they had the right ideas to transform this country hence deserving the attention of the public.”

Nevertheless, Munthali commended the organisers of the deba for  accommodating the three presidential pretenders after some quarters had critiqued them from excluding these candidates in their initial plan.
However, he stressed that if the performance of the three candidates need televised  denate is anything to go by then certainly some quarters would argue that it was a just “a waste of time’’ to have these three in this debate- in the process vindicating the organisers initial plan to only have the four hot contenders.

 Munthali also observed that moderator Grace Malera –  a former executive director of Malawi Human Rights Commission – improved “tremendously” working on the feedback she received on Friday.

“She was on top of the game. She managed her time well and was able to guide the debate. However, she was only let down by the 3 debaters who often showed lack of seriousness in addressing the issues,” he said.

Chairperson of the organising task force Teresa Ndanga said they organised the presidential debates to level the playing field where one political party may dominate access to the media.

She said the debate also gives Malawians opportunity to hear, analyse and shape the country’s future.

 

 

 

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Mukandi Chilewo
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Mukandi Chilewo

The Lady anchoring the curredebates is good but she needs to be schooled regarding titles. For example, you can’t call someone Mr. Reverend unless Revered is his personal name. Otherwise well done! She is calm yet quite assertive.

Haibo
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Haibo

“Reverend” is his first name

Mabvuto
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Mabvuto

ACTUALLY I HAVE NEVER MET A STUPID AND SELFISH GUY FROM NKHOTAKOTA LIKE CHILUMPHA.
I SUSPECT THE GUY WAS IN HIS BEDROOM WITH HIS RUNNING MATE ON THE DEBATE DAY. SACHEDZA NDI ANTHU KAKAYU

Mabvuto
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Mabvuto

ACT

Bingiza
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Bingiza

Three presidential “pretenders”!!! Pretenders indeed.

Mirella K
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Mirella K

Ndizabhobho koma. ‘Pretenders’ means ‘aspirants’. In this understanding, even Chakwera is a presidential pretender

Nyusesi
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These debates are a waste of time to say the least. I have never seen a dull professor like Chisi and a lunatic doctor like Manganya.

Shame.

APM is the best!!!

NYABINGHE WARRIOUR
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NYABINGHE WARRIOUR

THE DEBATE WAS SO TRASH

POOR MAN FEEL IT
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MR CHISI PLEASE JOINR MCP

JOHN
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JOHN

I DONT UNDERSTAND THE REASONING OF PROF CHISI. FOR THE PAST 5 YERS HE HAS BEEN PRAISING PETER MUTHARIKA THAT HE IS A GOOD LEADER. NOW HE HAS TURNED HIS BACK AND HE SAYS WE NEED NEW LEADERS AND THE CURRENT PROF IS TIRED.

ALL IN ALL, THIS WAS A DEBATE OF COMBINATION OF NYUSENSI!

ADZONZI
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ADZONZI

Hahahahaha timadziwa ife Chilumpha wamenya kachimulirenji

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yona gama

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