The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has now rolled out a plan to kick out Vice President Saulos Chilima from his position by bringing up tramped out charges including the cliche accusation of ‘running parallel structures’ which it used on another of its former Vice President Joyce Banda who later governed Malawi on constitutional order.
Insiders confided in Nyasa Times that the plan is to impeach Chilima and fire several cabinet ministers who are feared to have aligned themselves to the Veep.
The first plan is to discredit Chilima and his cabinet collegues by using the DPP mouthpiece propaganda newspaper and online publication and this was rolled out on Friday through the Globe Newspaper which is owned by DPP gurus which include cabinet ministers Kondwani Nankhumwa, Henry Mussa and DPP MP Noel Masangwi.
In its latest edition, The Globe carried a story with a banner headline; ‘APM Beware’ Forces of darkness wish him dead, DPP top brass join the bandwagon.
The article insinuates that some top DPP officials have been sponsoring the bad publicity of Mutharika and that they are advocating for his death or ouster before February 2017.
It also alleges issues of witchcraft, saying the president has ‘escaped death by a whisker through magical tactics right at State House’.
However, a source privy to the plan revealed that this is a strategy in motion where they want to start building a case against the Veep and some of his cabinet colleagues who are seen to be aligning to him so that they should be booted out and replaced with their ‘own people’.
“This is part of the plan. After this they will build a case against the Veep and push for his impeachment in parliament and already plans are underway to come through to Speaker of the National assembly Richard Msowoya and some MPs for the move, so its not surprising that their own mouthpiece newspaper would carry that kind of story,” said the source.
The source said at the moment there are deep divisions in the cabinet as some of the ministers are being sidelined in party strategies for aligning themselves to Chilima.
“One of these ministers who has been left in the cold is Patricia Kaliati. If you were attentive at the Press Conference addressed by APM on Friday, she was there but was not recognized,” said the source.
“Very soon there will be a charge of ‘running parallel structures’. This is the same charge they used against Joyce Banda to expel her from the party a few years ago,” revealed the source.
During the news conference, Mutharika said his detractors wanted him dead so that someone takes over and DPP fields a weaker candidate.
Mutharika stressed that he is in excellent health.
“I am in excellent health. I am not sick,” Mutharika told journalists.
He explained that if he was seriously ill he would not have returned to Malawi because the US – where he was – has excellent health facilities.
“My heart, my kidney, in fact my body is in perfect condition. I only have one small problem – my right hand. I have rheumatism which sometimes makes it go numb as was the case when I arrived at the airport,” said Mutharika.
Waving at the media with his right hand, Mutharika said: “My right shoulder is now 80% fine,” explaining that it will be fully recovered in two weeks.
Challenging that he was far much healthier than journalists who were asking him questions, Mutharika lambasted the media for alleging that he was either incapacitated or dead.
“I am not incapacitated. People should also differentiate between incapacitation and sickness. The president can only step down if he is incapacitated not when he is just sick,” he said.
According to Mutharika, it was a mistake for anyone to hide illness because everyone became ill at one point or another.
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