Energetic, consistent Chilima: Man-of-the-podium in this campaign

This Sunday, the 90-minutes of the fresh presidential campaign soccer game is  over.

Chilima walks to the podium as his wife Mary looks on smiling
The great orator: Chilima on the podium
Chilima waves his supporters as he walked to Njamba from Ndirande
Chilima on his knees to wrap up the campaign at Njamba Freedom Park
Chilima has been carrying a bag of fertiliser, saying it  would be sold at K4 495 per 50 kilogramme bag
Chilima in Karonga

In this game, unlike the typical football  game, the winner will be decided by spectators through a national vote on Tuesday, June 23 2020.

But before the spectators do their final critical part this Tuesday, it is imperative to underline that, during this campaign season, Malawians have seen it all, heard it all.

From the youthful and energetic Atupele Muluzi leading the DPP/UDF campaign team through the absent Mbakuwaku to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera’s composed and stately stature, Malawians have had interesting time separating political wheat from chaff.

However, if charm, composure, passion, consistency, energy and appeal were, put together, a person in this campaign; that person wouldn’t be anybody other than Saulos Klaus Chilima – SKC.

The UTM leader and the country’s vice-president embodied those characteristics with the eager, arguably, never felt before in the history of the country’s elections.

His message has always been sharp, precise and consistent—he never strayed to the gallows, drowning his stature to raw sense of senselessness.

 

He has been resiliently and visibly energetic: carrying bags of maize, jumping and balancing on top of vehicle, campaigning every day without showing signs of fatigue.

 

SKC has been campaigning from heart, passionately invoking national feelings when other were busy appealing to tribal and religious feelings.

He has been charmingly appealing; speaking the language of the people, dressed in consistent red gears and always appearing sharp and focused.

In the end it all, Malawians felt the power of campaigning through, the energy that hardly faltered even in the face of strenuous attacks from the opposing camp.

Arguably, this campaign centered more on Chilima than any other person involved.

His move to remain second to someone wasn’t a rosy one, especially to those who wanted him to lead. Even in MCP his coming in wasn’t a thing some, who wanted the position, digested with ease. Plus you had the menacing DPP which, arguably, had more issues against Chilima than MCP.

You need a hat off to Chilima for, cleverly and shrewdly, maintaining to keep his boat afloat the stormy waters he has sailed through. He has managed to retain his relevance in UTM, adjusted well with MCP traditionalists and kept DPP at its toes.

In a game of football, a man-of-the match accolade if given after the game but in this campaign, the man of the podium is Mfana woganiza boo heavy, SKC!

You would love to see him win but, in this game, its spectators, not players, who decides a winner. One can only wish him well and fine!

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phiriwaphiri
8 months ago

true kuyankhula mkosavuta but implimenting, we will be waiting for -100,000,000 job, cheap fertilizer, houses for security personnel, kudya katatu patsiku, 100, 000 tax free salary, freeing up mbc, coz ngati sizitheka ndiye combination ya TIMES AND MBC ON PROPAGANDA IDZAKHALA NYEKHWE

phiriwaphiri
8 months ago

true Mr vice president when people are voted in they receive hip of praises lets hope you will remember this-\1-1000,000 job, 2-100,000, tax free salary 3 houses for security men and women 4- reduction in other taxes 5- kumadya katatu patsiku 6-cheap fertlizer and others kuyankhula mkosavuta koma kuchita- Dr Chakwera congrates for the victor-Abusa avoid zomvaimva after kukhala ndi anthu simuyambira apa mwalalikira kwambiri-avoid chilima he a very crafty man adzukusokonezani so mind your business -are you going to free MBC SIR? iam afraid that if MBC remains as it is there will propanganda favouring you from times and… Read more »

chaos
chaos
8 months ago

That’s my SKC fighting up to the end ,GOD bless Malawi , God bless Tonse alliance

Mwana wa Anabanda Ku Joni
Mwana wa Anabanda Ku Joni
8 months ago

As a Malawian living in diaspora, I find him to be intelligent. We have nothing to lose in trying him. He was a successful business executive and unlike other politicians has no dented past. Would have voted for him given a chance. He seems serious to root out corruption. We should be proud of him. I pray that he makes an example of some politicians who have been stealing by sending them to jail. I really hope he does that. His education is a real plus

Lexa
Lexa
8 months ago

SInavote 2019 koma mawa lokha ndikukavota chifukwa ndufuna ndikadule tambala monyansa anthu amenewa amandinyansa sindimafuna kumva za zigawenga zimenezi anthu okupha komanso kuzatiphera wa police wakwathu ku mangochi Imedi mulira muwona simuyipata vote kuno.

Thyolo Thava Boy
8 months ago

God bless Tonse Alliance and may he reward your hard work Dr SKC.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
8 months ago

Brave boy.

ANA ACHEPA
ANA ACHEPA
8 months ago

Very very true…Chilima has no match kaya mufuna kaya simufuna,cant you see DPP its all about kudikila kubela basi? no mfundo,nothing….Awa amangodziwa kuba basi.Musayelekezenso kuyesa kubela malawi siilola.

Gerado
Gerado
8 months ago

Wongani Chiuta you are one and a half in on-point journalism. Bravo and keep it up. A lot of articles frm Nyasa Times gets published with broken English, loosely connected sentences and they don’t seem to go through professional editing. But your political observation was delivered beautifully

KUWALA
KUWALA
8 months ago

Great article! I love how Chilima connects with the masses, he is a great orator, He stands firm on his belief for a better Malawi for all and will not waver. We are witnessing something we have never seen before in Malawi politics and it’s beautiful, He has again made me proud to be a Malawian….. SKC YOU ARE THE REAL DEAL!……..OUR HOPE for TOMORROW

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