Malawi presidential debate fever starts gripping: Rev Semphere returned as moderator

The  2019 Presidential Debates  fever is starting to spread through the country as  four leading candidates have been invited to battle it out  Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe on Friday ahead of the watershed  May 21 Tripartite Elections.

Leading candidate invited to first presidential debates: Mutharika, Muluzi, Chakwera and Chilima

Presidential Debate Taskforce Chairperson, Teresa Ndanga, who is also  Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi chapter chairperson, has  said invitations have been sent to ruling  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Peter Mutharika, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidate  Lazarus Chakwera, Saulos Chilima (UTM) and United Democratic Front (UDF) torch bearer  Atupele Muluzi to participate in Friday’s first leg of debates.

Nyasa Times understands that the debates which will be televised on taxpayer-funded MBC, private owned Zodiak TV, Times TV, Mibawa TV and other media houses, will be hosted by Reverend Patrick Semphere  who was the moderator of three first-ever 2014 presidential debates in Malawi.

He is a consultant in media and communication. management, organizational enhancement, family enrichment and gender empowerment.

Semphere will be assisted by renowened richts activist Grace Malera.

Initially, organisers had planned for two debates, but the taskforce will stage three debates  starting with  March 29, April 2 and April 5, 2019 with the presidential candidates will be divided into two groups

Ndanga  said  they changed the format “to ensure the quality of the debates as well as an opportunity for candidates to outline their vision for Malawi and defend their policies and manifestos.”

The second leg of the debate of the presidential candidates on April 2 at teh same BICC would involve John Chisi of Umodzi Party, Peter Kuwani of Mbakuwaku Movement for development, Cassim Chilumpha of Tikonze Movement and Reverend Kaliya, an independent candidate.

A final debate at BICC will involve all the presidential candidates on April 5.

All  presidential candidates will be asked to sign a pledge of non-violence “ that their supporters will not incite violence as there would be people of different political views.”

The task force organising the debates  consists of MISA Malawi, Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC), Times Group, Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) and Civil Society Organisations including Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD), Democracy Works Foundation (DWF), Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET).

Other CSOs in the task force are the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), Malawi Law Society (MLS), Public Affairs Committee (PAC), Voluntary Service Organization (VSO), National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust, and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

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NYABINGHE WARRIOUR
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NYABINGHE WARRIOUR

Kodi amene amati malawi izakhala SINGAPORE Kodi sakakhalapo kuti akafotokoze bwino mene malawi azakakhalire singapore

China
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China

Chakwera with fake accent shows vanity in him no way I’m voting for MCP

Steven
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Steven

A ndaonavino ndinu ambuli,debate iyi siyokhudzana ndi maphunzilo amunthu ayi koma malamulilidwe adziko,and kulamula dziko sikufunikanso kuti munthi akhale proffessor ,nde mbuli ngati inu a ndaonavino ndi amene mudampapa peter

YOYO
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YOYO

Useless debate. A circus and broadshow for elites.

Benjamin Poku
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Benjamin Poku

DPP clearly informed the general public that the party will not take part in Presidential and Presidential runningmates’ debate. Where were you journalists? Letters of invitation to DPP can be sent unless the organisers are in the opposition party fold or they came from journalism school brainwashed or they are dull in their heads or they are educated salvages.

Truth Pains
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Yah bring your manifestos on the table , we are waiting patiently to listen and make final decision on who to canvas our votes.

Ofcourse am in for new generation not old ones , they must retire..

Wiseman
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Wiseman

That’s the job.

Frank Chikadza
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Frank Chikadza

One of the above will lead Malawi into prosperity the next 5 years. May God bless Malawi.

Ndaonavino
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Ndaonavino

Fodya basi munthu wa Mkulu Prof azikakambirana ndi ana osaphunzira mwatero? Be serious as Malawians. Muona ngati Prof ali ndi ti ma degree togula ta ku MIM eti? kkkkkkkkkkk.

Wiseman
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Wiseman

Hehehe prof sitting at 3.3 trillion debt. Ndalama zo angoba professor in theftelogy. Kleptomaniac.

Kapado Chimuthawirenji
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Chabwino tidzamvere accent ya fake yachimerika.

ANDY KACHIKHO
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ANDY KACHIKHO

PUMBWA MUMUON AKANA

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