Chimunthu rejoins DPP, sparks rumours on running mate

Former ruling secretary general Henry Chimunthu Banda, one of the powerful figures in the late Bingu wa Mutharika administration is Thursday rejoining his former party amid heightened speculation that he will be President Peter Mutharika’s running mate in the 2019 polls.

Chimunthu Banda: Rumours on running mate position

An announcement from the Office of the President and Cabinet says Mutharika will formally welcome Chimunthu Banda at a political rally in Nkhotakota, the home district of Chimunthu Banda.

DPP supporters are cheering that Chimunthu Banda is now earmarked for the running mate position, an indication that they did not approve the Peter Mutharika hand-picking of Atupele Muluzi.

Muluzi and his United Democratic Front (UDF) are in political alliance with the DPP in parliament, a strange arrangement as Muluzi is the only Cabinet minister in Mutharika’s 20-member cabinet.

Chimunthu Banda, who was expected to challenge Grazider Jeffrey at the DPP convention last month on the position of secretary general, did not file his nomination papers, heightening speculation that a deal had been done that he should be appointed running mate.

He went into self-political exile soon after losing the DPP presidential elections in 2013, concentrating on his businesses and farming before he started popping up at government and DPP political functions last year.

Chimunthu Banda is an experienced politician and level headed who started as a deputy minister in the Bakili Muluzi government then rose to a powerful minister in the Bingu administration and rose to be Speaker of the National Assembly.

 

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Former JB Supporter
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Former JB Supporter

Achimunthu soka lo lakupingani po. Nadi po yanunkhiya yapa DPP mbwenu munthu ungachijiselezgiyaku dala?

Namalomba Fredrick
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Namalomba Fredrick

Guys ndale zapa Malawi kumaziwerenga, APM can never take Atupele as running mate because of one thing – APM is an old person and its rumoured akumakomokakomoka these days, so in the event he is dead while in office, Atupele will be president which is zomwe Bakili amafuna coz ndimmene ndimamudziwira Chair he is not all that happy deep down his heart to what happened for DPP to be formed. Without imposing Bingu as UDF presidential candidate there would have been no DPP but UP which Bingu had earlier formed with no real support koma sizingatero coz ku DPP enanso… Read more »

Namalomba Fredrick
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Namalomba Fredrick

Why my teacher??? Joining a party of thieves, I rate you highly but am not personally amused with your decision as todays DPP is evil than the one you were under when you were Speaker. I know you have money koma ndalama siyikwana you want to add more for Chimwemwe & HFC Junior to enjoy. Personally you are a good leader but these lomwe`s just want to use and then dump you. Anyway all the best.

Tonga CHEWA Phiri
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So the B^ND^ legacy still lives on.But where are the royal phiris in this mix? Remember chewas have their chaps in nkhata’s bay and also in the lower shire.

Jab Moyo
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Jab Moyo

Sure! Chimunthu over Atupele is suicide. Chimunthu cant bring votes DPP will regret its myopia. Surely if politics is a game of numbers the Atupele is the man.

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

Atupele mwai wabwera okha kambiranani ma Youth okhaokha ndi Chilima Eastern Region mavoti onseeeeee! Mupwele APM mfiti zamuseka m’maso akufuna atenge impi ya obaba inzake kkkkk SKC Chauta akukumenyerani nkhondo!

SIPHADA
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SIPHADA

The DPP is a party that has a politically lethal arrow for every Veep Chilumpha has tales under Bingu, JB has been singing about her vice presidency under Bingu, today dancing to the well orchestrated music of a Veep is Chilima now Chimunthu will win the DPP harassment crown as the fourth the DPP hounds will employ any tricks in the Lhomwe ethnic tablet for this guy Chimunthu to feel the chill it wanna a chilla not a thrilla

kamunthu
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kamunthu

Toleranani mmene mungathere. ife wanthu ndi mwala umodzi kwa chimphona chanu kutsidya lanulo and all of you will become the captives under our underdog David

Mbava ibweza K145 mililion Party
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This shows that Chimunthu has no morals. Chimunthu doesn’t love Malawians. Ndi chimunthu choyipa ichi. Joining mbava. Akuba toto.

WAWA
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WAWA

Great move. Running mate osamangotola people without political experience. Chimunthu is tried and tested.

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