EIU report tips Mutharika to win second term: Malawi likely to have hung parliament  

United Kingdom-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has tipped President Peter Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to win the 2019 elections with a “landslide” victory” for filling the financial black hole he inherited from his predecessor Joyce Banda four years ago.

President Peter Mutharika sets up for a likely second term in office come 2019.

In January 2018, the EIU had forecasted that Mutharika would win the elections narrowly because he was facing an uphill task to ease economic hardships causing dissatisfaction among citizens.

However, in its June 6, 2018 latest report, it indicates the victory will be overwhelming “although he is facing a mounting challenge from his opponents.”

EIU cited Mutharika’s delivery of robust development, continued growth in the economy and the fragmented opposition as key indicators of his advantage.

The London-based think tank also predicted that Malawi’s economy will continue growing.

But the report predicts that it seems unlikely that a single party will secure a majority in the legislature and Malawi may have a hung Parliament.

“The DPP will therefore continue to lead a minority government, dependent on support from smaller parties and independent members of parliament,” reads the report in party.

The report also indicates that former President Joyce Banda who has since returned to Malawi after a four-year self-imposed exile in the wake of Cashgate corruption scandal would not be a serious challenger for the presidency as her People’s Party membership has been “shrinking.”

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi, who is the official government spokesperson, has welcomed the report, saying the DPP will likely win because it was also addressing its shortfalls.

EIU is a member of The Economist Group.

 

 

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#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

I don’t particularly like neither Peter Mutharika nor DPP but to ignore their power to sway votes their way, is being shortsighted. Malawi has weak opposition and whatever we have as opposition is so disintegrated and disorganised to have any meaningful impact against DPP. This is the reality of our politics. Most of us want change but then we are outnumbered by village idiots and educated fools who would do anything to DPP back in power. Remember that Malawi has illiteracy rate of nearly 80% and obviously these are generally poor and uneducated but have power to exercise their voting… Read more »

Dpp A & Dpp B.
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Dpp A & Dpp B.

Bodza ili. Why sakupereka funding? Why akuti landslide victory then Parliament will be minority government? This is cooked up. Whatever predictions. Wait how Malawians will vote.

mtete
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There is no harm dreaming in color. Fortunately Malawians are getting cleverer by the day.

Omex70
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Omex70

Useless report by irrelevant organization..

Mayola wa Mayola
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Mayola wa Mayola

These shortsighted colonial masters don’t want to dig deep into the real struggle the citizens of this sovereign country are going through with the selfish, arrogant, nepotistic and myopic govt. They ask a handful of ruling party elite and draw conclusions out of those sentiments. What kind of statistics is that? Are Malawians so cheap to be allured by such biased and erroneous forecasts? THANK GOD ONLY THE SUPPORTERS OF THIS EVIL & OPPRESSIVE GOVT ARE CELEBRATING. Come May 2019 the ballot will tell….

Akalongo
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Akalongo

I have no doubt what soever that these guys yout call EIU had weed from KK and then were given best African gin, Malawi gin by APM yake yokonda kupeleka mowa ndi dzibuku zomwe. This is shameful and of anything this EIU is supposed to apologise to Malawians for this insult.

Joloza
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Joloza

Hahaha hahaha. When this organization predicts your way, know that you are out. Start packing DPP and Pitala. Ask Raila Odinga, Hillary Clinton and Joyce Banda. Haha hahaha

Joloza
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Joloza

Hehehehe….DPP and Pitala start packing. When this organization predicts your way, know that you are out! Ask Raila Odinga, Hillary Clinton and Joyce Banda. They are crying pyooooooo…now! Haha haha hahaha

chikadzakuwani
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what loburst development is it nyasi zachibwanazi kodi anthuwa akuitenga Malawi ngati dziko lochitira zachibwana eti mmene dziko la Malawi lawoleramu kununkha ndi umphawi ngati chilonda chosatsuka ndiye wina azinena kuti economy ikuyenda bwino zachamba DPP singawine 2019 zosatheka izi

DPP and UDF Shitholes
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What is this bogus organization? They have been paid to increase propaganda. To win an election in Malawi you have to be found everywhere. Do dpp have people in Kasungu, Mzimba, Ntchisi, Lilongwe, Salima, Mchinji, Lower Shire etc.The Lomwes have proven to be very selfish people and I urge my brothers in the northern region not to be fooled by any roads they are building. They give other region too little and get big chunks. Pitala constructed a road to his wife’s home village. We need to change to sustain democracy. They have chased Chilima simply because he is from… Read more »

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