Kaliati accuses Mutharika of clinging to power: ‘He promised us to serve one presidential term, retire’

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) director of women and one of its founding members, Patricia Kaliati has accused President Peter Mutharika of clinging to power after allegedly promising the party to serve only one presidential term and  retire in 2019 to  pave way for someone else, young and energetic.

Kaliati: Claims Mutharika has demonstrated poor leadership 

Mutharika has on more than one occasion declared he will lead DPP in the elections.

But Kaliati addressing a news conference with DPP members sympathetic to Vice-President Saulos Chilima, said Mutharika had told DPP troops  at Bineth Trust Offices in Limbe in 2014 that he would serve for five years only, retire and pave way for someone else, young and energetic.

Kaliati said the 79-years-old Mutharika has indeed aged and may not be able to continue beyond his first five years.

“We find Mutharika’s leadership wanting and deeply flawed; he is a weak leader and must not be allowed to continue carrying the DPP as its President beyond 2019. The people that are prodding Mutharika and cheering him on as a good leader are simply unfair to Malawians; to the DPP but above all, they are being unfair to Mutharika himself,” said Kaliati.

She said the President has also demonstrated poor leadership skills and fails to make decisions, saying he “over-consults” on “straightforward issues” that he has to deal with.

In her presentation, Kaliati depicted a constitutional crisis in the DPP, claiming all National Governing Council (NGC) positions became vacant in April 2018.
She blamed President Mutharika of plunging the party into a constitutional crisis because he has allegedly failed or he has been reluctant to call for periodic NGC meetings since 2013..
Oblivious of what the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi stipulates about age of presidential candidates and presidential terms of office, Kaliati made reference to Ian Khama, former President of Botswana, whom she said “bequeathed the baton of leadership to his much younger and more energetic deputy, Mokgweetsi Masisi.”
A policy public analyst Vilije Kamudoni Nyirenda told Nyasa Times that as a Member of Parliament and former cabinet minister, Kaliati failed to appreciate that Malawi is a sovereign state, which does not copy other countries’ leadership trends.
“Kaliati also dangerously failed to appreciate that Malawi is a democracy and that it is only the people of Malawi who put individuals into positions of authority,” he said.
Blantyre City East member of Parliament (MP) and former DPP regional governor (South) Noel Masangwi, a member of the Chilima Movement,  made the most trivial remarks when he claimed the President is not a good public speaker, denigrating the Head of State in public.
“One would expect that a serious movement with serious social, economic and political agenda would assess President Mutharika based on his performance in delivering DPP’s development agenda as set out in its 2014 manifesto instead of his public speaking abilities,” observed Kamudoni Nyirenda.
Both Nyirenda andpresidential press secretary and spokesperson Mgeme Kalirani said the Chilima Movement was a grouping of disgruntled politicians who are driven by individual selfish motives.
”From their sentiments at the press conference, one is left with no doubt that the team lacks a clear and strategic political direction to steer DPP to greater heights other than to sow seeds of discord and disunity in the party. It can be stated without fear of contradiction that the Chilima team comprises opportunistic politicians who have always wanted to acquire personal wealth through illegal means. It was therefore ironical when one of the members emphatically accused President Mutharika of presiding over a corrupt administration; the same administration they have been part of for the past four solid years,”Nyirenda observed.
And  Kalilani said Malawians are the best judges.
“President Mutharika has achieved more developmental projects in four years across the country than any leader before him. He has stabilised the economy from a very difficult period and all professional bona-fide economic analysts have hailed him for that. What the President has failed is to accommodate these questionable characters in his administration and he has no regrets for that,” said Kalilani.
Former first lady Callista Mutharika—widow of DPP founding president and the incumbent President’s elder brother, Bingu wa Mutharika—sparked the succession debate weeks ago when she said her in-law, 79, should pave the way for the comparatively younger Chilima, 45, widely seen as a hands-on and results-oriented leader as evidenced by the success of the Public Sector Reforms Programme he vibrantly led which has lost steam since it was moved from his office.
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Tiyeseni Phiri
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Tiyeseni Phiri

Leaders are appointed by God! Unfortunately, it is impossible to please everyone. Leaders are always assessed objectively after leaving office, except in few circumstances, of course.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Remember madam you elected this man as the messiah for the party and you were willing to die for him not so long ago. Lero wachimwanji. Many people were tell9ng you that he is the wrong man to run the country and you used kuwatukwana anthu osalakwa. You should have seen long ago that Peter isn’t what he’s cracked up to be. He was tired 15 years ago and you should have seen that. If you did t see it then I also question yiur judgement and leadership skills.

PATHAKO PANU
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PATHAKO PANU

Know that chilima is not the owner of the party nor founder .He was like condom or Waganyu.Do you think waganyu can be given leadership of the family?No way ndi guy ameneyo .Not yet matured .Atupele is better than him.Even you Kaliati you can be picked as running mate, do you think by becoming Vice can make you good leader?By being chief executive you can be president of the country.Which school taught you that.

HALARE
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HALARE

You think you could be the cabinet minister for ever .Mwagwa nayo.Chilima is not fit to be leader.Basi kupasa mpando chikhale chifukwa.Mwina wasitha maganizo Pitala.Do you want to force .Patricia I thought you are matured, Why not meet Peter privately and express your anger .

Napoleone
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Napoleone

Kaliati, Ndau, Masangwi, Kalindo, all are disgruntled people who were once in positions and were demoted or removed. This is the sign of anger that has been building up in them , and the only way is to start demonise the party and leaders. Chilima will not be part and parcel of this frustrated group.. Calista should know that the chokolo isssue stopped many years ago. If her plan was Peter to take care of her then, she should forget it. What culture are you talking about when you cannot respect your inlays, where is the culture?

Zam'tonda
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Zam'tonda

The search for the loudest opportunistic politicians is over. Which way DPP? Indirectly touching on the patriotic nerves of all Malawians. The camp has failed to define a clear path for Malawi consequently leaving all of us concluding that more to the press conference was circus in which the actors were busier listening to their voices than ladling out ideas for the benefit of DPP and Malawi a group of disgruntled political hoodlums

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

If Mutharika has to be assessed on the basis of performance expected of a president, then he has dismally failed. Not only has he failed to deliver Malawi from abject poverty; he has also failed in uniting Malawi but instead people are now divided on tribal lines. On the global stage, Malawians used to be proud of their country but now under Mutharika, Malawians are embarassed to mention their country of origin. malawi is now run like a village or a Zambia province calling drilling of boreholes development. How can a whole president break 15 foundations in a year with… Read more »

Chani?
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Chani?

Apatatu Kaliati kenako anena kuti adaPANGIDWAPO apa.

Ndadabwa
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a mgeme ndi achitsiru wongodalira kunyambita…………..? osafuna kupanga za xul kuti mupeze nchito. namwe wa kamudoni nyirenda ndimwe wachindele chakufikapo

Wagea
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Wagea

Kaliati and Callista your Chilima did not turn up as indicated in your invitation to the media. Mwagwa nayotu. Atulukira ba kirani

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