DPP South trumpet Mutharika 2019 candidacy for final presidential term
Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials on Tuesday ferried party district and constituency governors to Blantyre to tell journalists that their preferred presidential candidate is President Peter Mutharika as the crusader hat Mutharika should leave the leadership in the 2019 Tripartite Elections to Vice-President Saulos Chilima continues to get supporting voices.
The governors, who spoke at the meeting , said Mutharika is mature, experienced and exposed and that he has done extremely well in his first term of office therefore deserves another five years which will mandatory be his final term.
The DPP’s vice president for the south George Chaponda, Information minister Nicholas Dausi, chief political advisor and DPP administrative secretary Francis Mphepo and the party regional governor for the south Charles Mchacha were among the key DPP officials present.
The meeting comes after some party officials, including party directorfor the youth Lewis Ngalande and vice regional governor for the north Afici Mbewe openly backed vice president Saulos Chilima as party torch bearer in the elections.
Others who have openly supported Chilima are DPP legislators Allan Ngumuya and Bon Kalindo who say Chilima is young, energenic, intelligent, educated and charismatic.
Political commentator Humphrey Mvula has said in a talk show radio program on Tuesday that Chilima, though he might be fit for the job, might end his political career abruptly if he dares challenge Mutharika at the convention.
“These parties are family parties. People will always vote forMutharika because they know that he is the owner of the party having taken over from his brother, Bingu,” said Mvula.
He said chances for Chilima to beat Mutharika at party convention was almost nil.
Both Chilima and Mutharika have not commented directly on the matterdubbed Hurricane Callista after former First Lady Callista Mutharika ignited the whole issue some weeks ago that Mutharika, currently 79 years old, would be too old to carry on as he would be 84 at time of leaving office in 2024 if re-elected next year.
She argued that it is normal that thinking capacity deteriorate as one gets older; hence, her recommendation that Chilima, 45, be the torchbearer for DPP in the elections.
DPP regional governor (North) Kenneth Sanga has since said the DPP convention will endorse Mutharika and not to elect another candidate.
Sanga said he will critically screen delegates from the region to block anti-Mutharika delegates from attending the convention whose dates are yet to be announced.
Chancellor College-based political analyst, Ernest Thindwa, argued that those endorsing Mutharika and barring delegates from electing their leaders freely should be ashamed of themselves.
He observed that there was a struggle within the DPP between democratic and dictatorial forces, adding the forces to maintain the status quo are much stronger than those that want change.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
All these comments simply mean one thing APM is big deal. If he is not so why be worried about him standing for DPP. If you really want Chilima tell him to form his own party
Vuto ili ndi chilima loti ,ndi munthu wa chilungamo. And simbamva ayi,kuona mbamva zikulu Zikulu Za DPP zi kufuna agogo peter ayimenso cholinga choti azatchingiliza PA nkhani Za katangale zawo
NKHALAMBA ZAKUMANA WAWA
Ku Malawi umbuli ukupweteketsa anthu. Moti anthu onsewa sakuwona kuti akugwiritsidwa ntchito kuteteza zofuna zoyipa za anthu ochepa ngati a Chaponda ndi anzawo? Zomvetsa chisoni kwambiri
I agree with Robert Mafuno Maliko. Malawi is a sorry nation. People cannot think because of political greed. Idiots like Sanga, Dausi, Vuwa, Ntaba ,Mphepo etc are protecting their self interests; not those of Malawi people. It is sad to see people like Bright whom I have regarded highly following the stupid bandwagon. Shame.
This is how history will repeat itself. Malawi will end up with a life president (Peter Mutharika), under a dictatorial DPP party; and it will be thanks to the four musketeers (Chaponda, Dausi, Mphepo and Mchacha). This is my honest prediction and ignore it at your own peril. These four musketeers will propose unlimited terms for Peter Mutharika, at the next DPP Convention/Elective Conference and therefore will go unopposed. Once DPP wins the 2019 Tripartite Elections, the same four musketeers will propose for an amendment to the constitution to allow for a unlimited presidential terms for a sitting president. They… Read more »
Kukonda kunyenga akazi ayeni iwe Chipungu,kapena ukufuna ndikuulure zenizeni?
APM means Alamu Pumani Mwakula….kkkkkkkkk siinetu koma ndi Callista.
Chilima cannot be a president. What you see in him is just bravado. Has no qualities of a politician, what he is good at is to be used by people to do fundraising for their organizations. he is politically a baby though he has been the Vice president. In fact, DPP should drop him at the convention. The truth is that he is not even popular in the rural areas where real voters are not in WhatsApp and other social media. He is not above the party and should not be allowed to confuse it. if he thinks he has… Read more »
You could be right Jons about Chilima. But then what alternative do we have as Malawians? Certainly APM is not the answer. Whatever he has touched has turned to ashes. We certainly need a young, vibrant, energetic, visionary, ethical and morally standing leader to lead Malawi to the promised land. It may be that Chilima is not the answer either but we do need a change of face.
Let these DPP Governors be fired also for declaring Peter Mutharika as their 2019 presidential aspiring.Thats being undemocratic to fire some other people by expressing their views while others are being tolerated because they are supporting the top brass,that is a stone age politics.To my understanding,they is no democracy in DPP and i wonder why people are joining this party.The party is full of YES YES BWANA even if the boss/captain is taking the ship to a storm weather.Lets stop this dictatorial type of leadership for betterment of democracy in Malawi
Totally agree LEGO. But then politics has never been fair and is not for the sissies. Politicians are willing to be humiliated, locked up and beaten up, all in the name of fighting for its people. Very few of those do it for the people but rather for their own stomachs. Unfortunately, in Malawi, we have many of those who are in politics for their stomachs. Life judges them ruthlessly though.
Beasts of prey, zilombo zalankhula!