Chimulirenji spotted on the road:  APM picks AA running mate for Malawi re-run

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika (APM) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has preferred United Democratic Front (UDF) president Austin Atupele (AA) Muluzi as his running mate in fresh presidential elections which will decide the future of his tenure, Nyasa Times understands.

President Mutharika to pair with Atupele

Mutharika is scheduled to present his nomination papers to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Thursday  3pm in Blantyre.

Speculations were rife that Mutharika would maintain Everton Chimulirenji whose vice-presidency was scrapped by the Constitutional Court in the widely-publicised election case.

In 2019, Mutharika stunned DPP politburo and enthusiasts when he picked little-known Chimulirenji, then Ntcheu North East legislator, at a Ginnery Corner roundabout in Blantyre just minutes before officially presenting his nomination papers to the electoral body.

But Chimulirenji this time around was spotted on the road coming from Lilongwe to Blantyre on Thursday to attend the nomination exercise.

He remains a royal and influential member of the Mutharika government as Minister of Disaster Management.

However, Atupele had been in Blantyre for two days and on Wednesday was in Thyolo distributing social cushions and coronavirus protective equipment with Minister of Gender Mary Navicha.

There are strong indications from both DPP and UDF camps that it will be APM and AA ticket.

From the DPP officials that Nyasa Times has spoken to, it seems APM’s choice of Atupele has support within their ranks considering their electoral alliance in place.

But DPP spokesman Nicholous Dausi could not confirm the running mate choice, saying “I do not want to pre-empt the announcement by the President.”

While UDF spokesman Ken Ndanga kept on being elusive on the matter and keep a tight lid.

“The torchbearer for DPP-UDF alliance is Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and on running mate I will come back to you,” he said.

Speaking on Zodiak Broadcasting Station television live from the nomination centre in Blantyre on Thursday monring, Ndaga maintained that Mutharika will announce his running mate, saying “let us cross the bridge when we reach there.”

Political and governance commentator Makhumbo Munthali said from an accountability perspective, “citizens need to know the candidates in good time to make an informed choice.”

Mustafa Hussein, from the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, says announcing at eleventh hour is a good political strategy.

Mutharika now he faces stiff competition from a united opposition front after Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party sealed an electoral alliance  and has featured presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera with estranged country’s vice-president Saulos Chilima as his running mate on MCP ticket representing ‘Tonse Alliance’ of nine parties.

On February 3 2020, a five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court nullified Mutharika’s May 21 2019 victory in the first case where results of a presidential election were subjected to a full trial.

However, the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal is set to rule on Friday on whether to proceed with the polls as determined by the lower court or not.

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COVID-VISION-2020
COVID-VISION-2020
9 months ago

Kukakamila kwa GOLOGOLO muntengo,
kwawapangitsa anthu U turn,
Kubwelela komwe anachokela.Pakanakhalatu kulimbilana mavoti ndikutsogolela kwa Chilima,munthu ozidziwa ndi ozitsata komanso wachikoka.Si ichi chimunthu chongozungulila Mandela owelengeka apa central
kummwela kochuluka anthuko samufuna Chakwela ndi MCP yomwe

Wakwithu
Wakwithu
9 months ago

Chinkhoswe chayenda bwanji macadet??!!!🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Demonic Retrogressive Party kudzambwita pamene paja kkkk

APM should have paved way for someone energetic ….osati izi zomayenda ndi drip iyaaaa

The political barometer in Malawi sent a very loud and clear message yesterday of what MUMU alliance should expect. Ndix yalankhulira amalawi kuti APM achoke

Musova!

Wiza
Wiza
9 months ago

I guess it was Chims or AAM. That is why they wanted to be last so that they could see the Tonse Alliance combination. Chims is a big loser.

Kalulu Wadwala
9 months ago

Greetings from ndirande

Kalulu Wadwala
9 months ago

Adzonzi betrayed

Mina
Mina
9 months ago

Muluzi/Mutharika kingdom. From father to son so brother to brother nzapa family izi

Kandulu
Kandulu
9 months ago

It is MCP vs UDF.

Pachalo
Pachalo
9 months ago

Atcheya woye!! Mulhako has given back the party to UDF! Just watch this space….if Atupele ever becomes VP Atcheya will make sure mwana wake adazkhale President and Mulhako will see nyekhwe! Bakili is still angry and bvuto la a Malawi ndikusachedwa to forget! For DPP you are damned both ways…you win Atupele will be your next President after APM and you lose…nyekhwe plus plus!

Flamingo
Flamingo
9 months ago
Reply to  Pachalo

DPP is a national party not party of ahlomwe

Chataika
Chataika
9 months ago
Reply to  Flamingo

A Flamingo, mwati?

kamina
kamina
9 months ago
Reply to  Chataika

phwala iwe moti siunamve

Kandulu
Kandulu
9 months ago
Reply to  Flamingo

Which ever way believe you me that DPP is over and over indeed.

Hazmat
Hazmat
9 months ago
Reply to  Pachalo

Lomwes and yaos are one. Machinga Chiradzulu Zomba and Mulanje host both tribes. Nobody will see anything

Bamusi
9 months ago
Reply to  Pachalo

Wait and see, DPP thugs will kill Atupele once they win the elections, then Pitala will pick Chimulirenji again. Supatenga nthawi, mark my words. This is the plan of evil dpps . They just want the vote from Atupele. They will kill Atupele.

Kandulu
Kandulu
9 months ago
Reply to  Bamusi

Then you have no idea what Bakili Muluzi is capable of. No idea at all. Wait and see. DPP is over.

Bamusi
9 months ago
Reply to  Pachalo

Chimulirenji will be the vice president in few months time, DPP will kill Atupele very soon giving a chance to Chimulirenji again, DPP are crooks, mark my words. Tidzangomva Atupele wachita ngozi.

John Gray Gufa
John Gray Gufa
9 months ago
Reply to  Pachalo

Anthudi sachedwa kuiwala kuti MCP inatha anthu. Atumbuka kuthamangitsidwa kumwela ndi pakati. Mai wa Mimba kumagula kadi ya Mwana yemwe sanabadwe, ………

K.kagalu.
K.kagalu.
9 months ago

Atamaliza kulimila Khasu, analibweza Kwa eni ake.Tube chopopa yekha Tcheya aphwetsanso yekha. Sis!!!!!!

rodgers mwale
rodgers mwale
9 months ago

Nde wina mkumasangalala kuti tiwina. sukudziwa kut UDF ikufuna kukulandaniso mphavu?? A DAUS polani moto mudzafera pa unduna pompo

Mina
Mina
9 months ago
Reply to  rodgers mwale

Nza family izi pa easy

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