Life after campaign for Malawi do-over presidential election

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera who leads the nine-party Tonse Alliance attended church service on Sunday after the end of official campaigning and spending more time with family.

Chakwera praying on Sunday
Mutharika: Remains in office
St Thomas in Lilongwe where Chilima  is going to vote
Atupele to vote in Machinga

Campaigning for the Tuesday June 23 Fresh Presidential Elections closed at 6am on Sunday as per electoral laws, giving aspirants and their supporters 48 hours of rest before polling day.

Chakwera, a 65-year-old former president of the Malawi Assemblies of God turned politician, on Sunday attended a service at his church, Assemblies of God in Lilongwe, accompanied by his wife for the main service of the day.

After the service, Chakwera and his wife took time out to pose for pictures with children, women and men.

The MCP presidential hopeful was chosen to lead the newly formed Tonse Alliance, which also includes several smaller parties. His running mate is Saulos Chilima, UTM leader and President Peter Mutharika’s deputy who finished third in last year’s poll.

Chakwera said apart from holding meetings at MCP headquarters, he would spend the period between end of official campaigning and polling day with his children and grandchildren as always.

He will travel to his home village to cast his vote at Malembo Primary School in Lilongwe North West Constituency.

The incumbent President Peter Mutharika who is leading the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) alliance is spending his time in his office at State House in Lilongwe.

State House spokesman Mgeme Kalilani said Mutharika is in “a jovial mood” and is expected to cast his vote in his home, in Thyolo East Constituency, where he registered.

Mutharika during campaign repeated last year’s pledge to “transform” Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, into Singapore over the next five years.

Countering the key messages of the opposition has also been central to the DPP-UDF alliance’s campaign.

Running mates were also resting after the extensive campaign period.

Chilima is expected to cast his ballot in Lilongwe while Mutharika’s running mate Atupele Muluzi, son to the country’s first multiparty president Bakili Muluzi, said he will be voting at Kapoloma in his Machinga North East Constituency.

Whoever wins the do-over presidential elections will face the daunting task of healing divisions in a country emerging from a bruising year of nearly constant and sometimes violent demonstrations.

The weeks leading up to this year’s vote have also been largely been peaceful, even though the campaign has been punctuated by sporadic acts of violence – especially when the main candidates appeared in rival strongholds.

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Adam
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Adam

Atupele he is a very kind person you must know that like his father 🖖

Tribalistic tumbukas
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Tonse alliance is for tumbukas. Just check who are the leaders of parties in tonse alliance and you will be shocked to see that all parties in tonse are being led by mbwenumbwenus. MCP, UTM and PP are being led by spauses of tumbukas. That’s why, when Tonse fails in this election, tumbuka judges will nulify the elections in a bid to forge ahead with their regime change agenda. Mwamuwona Mathews Mtumbuka pa picture ya chilima po? He is already a rigging expert for Tonse. But last time he failed to rig for Joice Banda. Zamanyazi. By the way, why… Read more »

LogiTech
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Mawa Kwacha! Tribalistic gone, we will all be Malawians under Chakwela. A humble Chewa who will unite Malawi. We are all one Nation and one People.

AAAAAAA
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ndendende

Good critic Mtamba
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Good critic Mtamba

Ok let’s wait to see who is going win and we move onwards aaammmandlaaaaaa

Phwisa
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Phwisa

Too partisan. I hope the judges are already at the courts. We can not have an election without iregularity. Really?. Tionatu. Whatever be wrong happens we will go to court. Election is z process. We have already seen some shortcomings

#BetterMW
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#BetterMW

Use this time to finish packing.

Malawi walero
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Malawi walero

Just stay home than worsting time with this useless article.

Mwini muzi.
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Pray and thank God always even though you loose or win.

Nematodes
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The year starts on 24th June 2020.

Guest
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Atupere is very young and humble, but is he joined DPP?

Favor alice
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Leadership is not about humbleness or quietness or respectful or whatever, it’s about performance. Malawi needs a performer not tomorrow wathawira ku China, nkicha you are in Dubai when things are not right. A leader must not runaway when things are tough. We don’t want baby leaders. We want someone with vigour, energetic, fearless, and objective to the point.

Mwini muzi.
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APM fits your criteria. DPP Woyeeeeeeee!!!!!

Luka
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Luka

Nowadays, there may be places for old men on advisory panels, but they have proved themselves incompetent to lead. They are still trying to solve the problems and win the battles of 30 or 40 years ago. We need today’s people to meet today’s challenges.

Sarah sarah
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Sarah sarah

The fact that going to china to teach is ‘kuthawa’ from your analysis says a lot about you and the kind of leaders you want, the unexposed to the global world ones. The one that thinks Malawi at its current developmental stage can afford to promote import free month instead of export and investment, the one that doesn’t know that road infrastructure in any developments country comes first before others such as manufacturing tourism can follow. The ones that don’t understand that economic growth is the biggest poverty alleviation method and trumps any perceived corruption practices, not that corruption has… Read more »

Herb
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Herb

It will only change for the politicians not for us unless we personally decide to turn our lives around

Mwini muzi.
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Exactly the point! The opposition has failed to engage the government. We MUST engage the government ourselves and take it to task through interactive discussions that will deliver what we need and not what they think.

Luka
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Luka

Yes – be the change you wish for.

Sarah sarah
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Sarah sarah

Partly not true, if inflation starts to rise again the same money you get after wage will buy you few things than before. If exchange rate Kwacha is no longer stable and starts losing value, business will increase their prices and things will rise even fuel when we are at s time of low global fuel cost, bank lending to small medium business will be even more harder and expenses. So yes electing the leader that understands the importance of macroeconomics stability will make s difference to ordinary people.

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