Consider credibility of running mates when voting new Malawi president, advises Chilima

Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who is also UTM Party presidential candidate in the May 21 Tripartite Elections, has advised voters to consider characters of presidential running mates when voting next week Tuesday.

Chilima: Running mate should be a good alternative to the president, not a mere puppet
Chilima campaigning at ‘Ziboliboli’ market in Blantyre
UTM’s Louis Nggalande campaign with Chilima
Chilima and his running mate Usi
President Mutharika and his runningmate  Everton Chimulirenji
UDF presidential pair of Atupele Muluzi and Frank Mwenifumbo
MCP presidential candidate Chakwera and his runningmate Mia

Addressing Imbizos in Blantyre rural and urban Wednesday to wrap up his Southern Region campaign, Chilima advised the voters not to be hoodwinked .

“When you go and  vote next week, please consider the running mates as well. This is the presidency and if the president cannot go ahead to rule, then we should have someone who can ably take over. So look at the ones that we have and see for yourself,” said Chilima.

Chilima, promoted by his initials SKC for Saulos Klaus Chilima, also reiterated his position that he will be “the last Vice-President to be victmised”, saying the holder of the office in the UTM Party administration will have specific duties to avoid breeding a bad working relationship that has rocked the performance of the country’s President and Vice-President over the years.

SKC’s running mate is Dr Michael Bizwick Usi, a former country director for Adventist Development and Relief Agency (Adra) Malawi, holds a doctorate from the University of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom.

Usi is also widely known by his nickname Manganya, a character in the Tikuferanji series. He is basically an actor and playwright, besides working as a corporate executive.

Mzuzu-based political analyst Emily Mkamanga also argues that voters should look forward to a a running mate who should be a good alternative to the president, not a mere puppet.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera has Sidik Mia as his running mate. Incumbent President Peter Mutharika has Evertone Chimulirenji as his running mate while United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi has  Frank Mwenifumbo of Aford as his running mate.

Mkamanga argued that the presidential candidate and his running mate must be equal in all spheres to complement well in serving the country.

During the Blantyre campaign finale, Chilima’s  remarks focused on agriculture, economic development and education while reminding the people about the power of the ballot paper.

In his speech during the tour which took him among other places, Chilomoni, Lunzu, Makhetha,  Chilima  maintained his promise of mass tax incentives, including removal of 16.5 percent value added tax (VAT) on airtime, electricity and water, if elected president.

He insisted that removing VAT from water, electricity and airtime will go a long way in improving Malawians’ lives.

Chilima also campaigned at Curios market (Paziboliboli) in Blantyre City where he  appealed for support, urging Malawians to “allow a new generation to take charge”.

He said the elections offer Malawians “an incomparable once-in-a-generation” opportunity to fix the country and set it going.

He said: “We must pull down the cobwebs of corruption and nepotism and unleash this nation’s true potential.”

Chilima severed ties with governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and President Peter Mutharika last June, has been facing a huge turnout of voters during his meetings mostly especially of late as his momentum grows.

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Nthalire
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Nthalire

Chikudabwitsa kwambiri ndichakuti a MCP kapena DPP akamalemba ma comment atakwiya, why? Is that a sign of defeat? All comments coming from UTM are sober and constructive. Anzanthu amene muli ndi ukadaulo wopeza zifukwa pazinthu ngati zimenezi tithandizeni. My fear is come May 23 many people will commit suicide or cardiac arrest at least. Zuluopsya. Makamaka anzathu a MCP. Chonde calm down.

Mlamu Wakula
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Mlamu Wakula

The UTM 14th May 2019 Rally at Njamba Freedom Park, Zomba Mponda rally before it tells how unpredictable the 21st May 2019 Presidential Elections will be.UTM will highly likely get a good share of presidential votes in all the four major Cities of BT, LL, ZA and MZZ so those of you who are counting SKC out, you must be sleeping on your death beds, dreaming about death, death! your eyes and ears are no longer functioning , you cannot see how embarrasing it is to see the 80 years old APM struggles to articulate campaign issues compared to the… Read more »

Thama
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Thama

Mlamu wakula, don’t confuse Chilima’should lying and greed for power as ability to communicate.

Political Analyst
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Political Analyst

LOSING CHILIMA TO OPPOSITION UTM IS ONE OF THE INDICATORS THAT PROFESSOR PETER MUTHALIKA IS REALLY OLD, VISIONLESS AND TOO LOMWELIZED.I THOUGHT IN CHILIMA ONE SEES A LEADER TO HAVE TAKEN DPP TO GREATER HEIGHTS.

LOOKING AT HOW CHILIMA HAS EFFECTIVELY ESTABLISHED UTM IN JUST TEN MONTHS SPEAKS VOLUMES AND VOLUMES OF HIS STRENGTHS AND PROMISING POLITICAL CAPABILITIES .ASSUMING THIS OLD PROFESSOR MUTHALIKA OR HIS SLEEPY RUNNING MATE, OVERTON CHIMULIRENJI WERE IN CHILIMAS SHOES TEN MONTHS AGO, EVEN NKHUMBA OR MBUZI ZINAWONEKAKO ZANZERU NDITHU, AKANAZIKONZERA, AKANAPENGA MISALA………….

Akubawa
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Akubawa

So bwana chilima…if you die or indeed go mad. Dziko lino tizasiyile manganya are you serious? Unkasimbwa Masankho ali kutali lelo ndi awa afikawa usova. One thing you can count on…is that you can never get my vote

Obambo
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Obambo

We don’t need your vote. We already have migolomigolo.

Ntumbuka Mwenecho
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Ntumbuka Mwenecho

I think Arafat Hamdan-Chilima now feels defeated. Does he think Manganya is any better? Some of the other running mates are far much better with a good leadership acumen. Nest Tuesday we are voting for the president not presidency nor running mate. Who wants a cabinet full of brainless Kaliati, useless Kalindo, thief and vulgar Masangwi, thug Saonda? Get alive small boy. You will soon realise how much time you wasted and how you exposed your rotten mouth and disrespect for others that were created in His image.Go to hell and roast little nthumidwa.

Ochakwera
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Ochakwera

Nthawi timadikira ija yakwano kuti a MCP ndi cashgate bedfellows a PP pamodzi ndi mbuyawo ku DPP amve m’bebe. Mumangoba eti. Tikukwidzingani kuyambira tsabata yamawawu. OChakwera too blind. DPP convinced PP to go into alliance ndi MCP. Cholinga kuti ngati DPP ilephere kuli bwino MCP iwine. Chifukwa akawina Chilima ndiye kuti mbava zonse zili pa mavuto. Chilima ali ndi information ya onse akuba. That’s free piece of intelligence for you.

Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri

Chilima is now sensing defeat.

mtete
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mtete

True all the way. Comedians as VPs are a big question mark. Imagine: The Right Hon. Manganya. Kkkkkk

Mmalawi weniweni
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Mmalawi weniweni

My friend do you know the president of Ukraine is a former comedian?

billy
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billy

No, he/she does not know. He does not understanding international politics so his/her comment is out of ignorance

catsuit amigo
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catsuit amigo

He was a country director. a phd Holder ,, mbuli inu

bwabwalala mlakho wa a lomwe
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bwabwalala mlakho wa a lomwe

This is really true. Manganya is really not presidential material and not even you!

kavibangwa
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kavibangwa

On what grounds do you base your statement?

catsuit amigo
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catsuit amigo

He was Country Director. Top most position..

namatetule
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Bambo a sikono

phillips wanga
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phillips wanga

Chilima’s momentum has grown just like his drinking habit,which compels him to dancing during his political gatherings.Its big up to the mkalabongo king on the ballot box.