Dzuka Malawi: True or false?  Chakwera or Chilima

Times TV part of founding president Kamuzu Banda’s empire had to rise to the occasion. The Vice President Dr. Saulosi  Klaus Chilima, who is also UTM president and  runningmate to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful  Dr. Lazarus Chakwera had told the public that he will double as Vice President and Minister of Finance, and also be torchbearer for the Tonse Alliance after Chakwera’s tenure.

Chakwera (r) in a programme titled ‘Times Special’ on Times Television with host Brian Banda (L) dismissed allegations that the Tonse Alliance has already agreed on the composition of the next government, particularly the Cabinet and that it is still undecided whether he will be a one-term or two-term president if he wins the fresh election
Chilima (L) and Chakwera sign the agreement of Tonse Alliance which the deal is not made public.-Photo by Govati Nyirenda, Mana

In my last post I called it a game. Many were in denial, others called me hater. But  Chakwera, the man who has negotiated three alliances separately and bring them together knew he had to respond to Chilima, publicly to pacify his other members of the alliance.

Yes. There is Tonse Alliance of nine parties. Then there is the MCP -Peoples Party (PP) Alliance. Then the MCP-Freedom Party Alliance. Then what Chilima’s followers call UTMCP Alliance. The central figure of these alliance is  Chakwera.

Again, we don’t know what deal he made with each of the parties before the Tonse Alliance. It could be PP’s Joyce Banda already got the Ministry of Finance for her party or Khumbo Kachali got a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Hey you need a hefty dude to scare some of these donors, Khumbo fits the bill). May be Mark Katsonga Phiri, Kamuzu Chibambo, Professor Chisi and others all got promises of a piece of Government when they win.

The truth only Chakwera knows. My gut feeling, he will be another Bingu wa Mutharika. He will use everyone to go to the ladder, get to the top and push corruption charges and leave everyone to themselves. That’s extreme though but hey this is politics.

Back to ‘Times Special’ broadcast. Chakwera says Chilima was expressing interest to be Minister of Finance, they have never discussed. Chakwera said Cabinet posts have not been shared, directly contradicting Chilima’s public pronouncement.

The big one, is the ONE TERM PRESIDENT. He clearly states that is “undecided” and that if the group wins, they will “review terms of Tonse Alliance”. This is very clear, the alliance document they have now is to achieve the purpose of getting into power.

After power is attained, Dr Lazarus Chakwera will then review the agreement and propose new or tear it apart or keep it. That’s what a review does. Dr Laz as his fanatics call him, did not have a guarantee of sorts to anyone, let alone UTM.

Chakwera was clear his administration will consult in everything. He promises to enact laws empowering a Vice President. In other words, by sharing power with his deputy, he expects the deputy to remain a deputy does not do a one term and give him power.

Today, I feel vindicated so that I can’t write my opinion over the interview. I just summerised. If I were UTM I would watch the staged interview repeatedly and digest the meaning of Chakwera’s words.

I don’t want to say between  Chakwera and Chilima someone is telling Malawians the truth or lie. I will say the truth lies between the two gentlemen statements. The truth is not yet out. Malawians will need analyse why the two versions of the same team do not tally.

I would say, we are in a long journey to political drama we are yet to see. If Chakwera wins, he won’t be a one term President. That was clear. And Cabinet posts are at the prerogative of the President. The rest can start from there.

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Chikoti
Chikoti
3 months ago

Interesting how some people are trying to manage.the damage ..the.videos and audios are very straight.forward.no need.for.interpretation..the.language is simple and clear…ingovomelezani kut chifungachi sichinathe..follow these guys at your own peril…babulo asanagwe chinayamba ndi kusokonekera kwa chilankhulo, anthu.zilankhulo zosiyana….kkkk

Patrick Phiri
Patrick Phiri
3 months ago

Chilima makani onse aja balala Chilima is indeed a liar. First he lied that UTM would pay election fees for aspiring MPs contesting under UTM. It has now transpired that this did not happen. What followed was a series of lies which included that Chakwera and himself would alternate leading the Rinse Alliance and that he would be minister of finance. Chakwera has dismissed all this. He is untrustworthy. That’s his end and the end of UTM. How are they going to address the damaging consequences of all this? Chilima cannot withdraw at this stage from runningmate to Chakwera. He… Read more »

Koki
3 months ago

Chakwera used Chilima to get the election overturned. Now, he is turning his back on him. UTM, open your eyes.

Jose
Jose
3 months ago

That interview has given me hope in Dr Lazurus chakwera that he is an intelligent and self confidentvleader who will deliver the country from poverty to prosperity.Chilima success is bestoned on Chakweras two terms.There is no way the country will allow chakwera to rule for one term after all chakwera has a chance to rule for 14 yrs becoz according to supreme court ruling this is non term because we started second term of APM because he took oath of office and when the court nulified his rlection both the office of president and vice falls vacant as the case… Read more »

Zayambika
Zayambika
3 months ago
Reply to  Jose

Uchitsilu

Zitinso
3 months ago

What is the meaning of Mvundula Madzi? = Munthu odanitsa. That is the author of this article, and he is a cadet.

Shasha
3 months ago
Reply to  Zitinso

Zitinso, watch and listen to Chakwera’s interview with Brian Banda on TIMES. Chakwera has contradicted all the things that Chilima said. That should be cause for concern. You can bury your head in the sand BUT this is a serious issue.

Zio ine
Zio ine
3 months ago

Chilima said ndimaganiza bho mukhulupirira kuti mwanayu ndi wautsiru. We said it before that he is an outcast. Look now what Chakwera is saying is what they discuss it MCP headquarters when Chilima is busy running.

Visitor
Visitor
3 months ago

Question to you Brian Bandah, do you think Chakwera can disclose if he is going to be one term or not? I Loved how he responded, you might probably missed the meaning of those clever responses, in politics we act like we are enemies but not. Take note that Peter is packing his clothes from state house, his time is over he is paving a way for Chakwera..

Patrick Phiri
Patrick Phiri
3 months ago

Chilima dealt a severe blow. He has no way out. It means he has been telling us lies.

Phwisa
Phwisa
3 months ago

But why Chilima giving himself 3 positions when we are 9 patties in the alliance. Enafe tikatengapo chani ife a PP.

Malume
Malume
3 months ago

Tariro, I salute you. The way you analyse issues is very impressive. Whether others hate you and your articles, never be discouraged, you should rest be assured that you have one fan. Keep it up Rudo!

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