Malawi VP Chilima asked to break silence on Callista’s call

Some sections of the society are  asking Vice President Saulos Chilima to break his silence on calls from former first lady Callista Mutharika to have him as the presidential candidate for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the 2019 polls.

Chilima: Asked to comment

Political commentator Humphrey Mvula said Chilima’s silence is putting the life of Callista and others at risk.

“The vice president cannot just remain silent as his followers are getting death threats,” Mvula said.

Mvula urged Chilima  to  make his position known; otherwise, his style of politics—of putting his cards close to the chest—would put some individuals that have come out to support him at risk.

“He must understand that individuals have taken a risk on his behalf,” he said.

But a member of the Political Scientists Association of Malawi, Patricia Khonje observed that Callista’s opinion has no implication on the DPP leadership because it was only her personal view.

“Her opinion has no scientific basis, so it would be difficult to tell whether her comments would have any impact on the DPP leadership,” she said.

Some people in different social media platforms are also asking Chilima to break his silence on the matter.

Vice president’s spokesman Pilirani Phiri said the veep is not obliged to comment on the issue.

Meanwhile, officials from the association of former members of parliament have sprung up to ask the government to protect Callista Mutharika following  an unidentified man in social media who said he would giver her “jakison wa agalu”, apparently insinuationg that he will harm her.

Secretary general of  the association of former legislators Ronald Chamthunya said the police should be deployed to protect her.

Callista has been making headlines since last week when she openly said her in-law is “aged”; hence, Malawians should not give him their vote and install Chilima as President instead.

Asked why she is not supporting President Peter Mutharika, who is her in-law, Callista said: “Should I be supporting somebody just because he is my family?”

But Callista, who said Chilima was the country’s hope for a better future, said she has not met him over this matter.

“I have not met him at all, but as I said, I believe he is the right person to lead the party,” she said.

Local press reported that Chilima-for-President crusade t is gaining support and possibly turn into a movement— and  quoting analysts saying Mutharika and Chilima’s relationship is likely to worsen as the President gets uncomfortable with what could be a primary challenge should the Vice President act on the calls to seek the presidency.

Catholic University of Malawi political commentator Nandin Patel said  Callista’s endorsement of Chilima signals that the 2019 elections will be highly competitive as seen by the Mutharika-Chilima tension now worsened by the former First Lady’s stance.

“The tension has always been there. As we are heading towards the elections, each political party, as bound by their constitution, will be going for a convention and two or three individuals will compete for particular positions. Here a member of the party is coming out to endorse someone for presidency and it should be taken in that line. In this case, it tells you there will be heavy competition in the 2019 elections build up,” said Patel as quoted by The Nation.

However, presidential press secretary and spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani, said there is no way Callista’s Chilima-for-President crusade can compromise the working relationship between the President and his Vice.

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DAVID NOEL CHINYATI
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DAVID NOEL CHINYATI

Mukagokana Chilimayo vote yanga I pita apa M C P

China
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China

A Malawi utsilu bwanji no one is in danger apa. CHILIMA please stay silent as it is ziawawe kwambiri. Silence is golden. Munya

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Which politician in the world has won the hearts and minds of people by staying quite? This is the kind of thinking that has brought Malawi to where it is now. The poorest country in the country full of poor-thinking people. Achimwene a China, just keep quite then like Chilima if you indeed believe in “silent” politics.

MAGUFULI
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MAGUFULI

IF THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM (OUR HEROES) BEHAVED THE WAY CHILIMA IS DOING THEN WE COULD HAVE TSAMUNDAS UP TO THIS DAY !! SO CHILIMA TELL US YOUR SIDE OF THE STORY IF YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THIS MADALA TUNE ; PLEASE LET US (THE DPP) KNOW SO THAT WE CAN BAKE ANOTHER CANDIDATE

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Mantha achimwene. He is complicit in the crimes that DPP is representing. His hands are also covered in blood with all the children that are dying in hospitals or of hunger that DPP continues denying. You better start “baking” another candidate. Uyu muluza naye bambo Magufuli.

silica gell
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silica gell

I would always advocate for a blended approach whereby an elderly torch bearer pairing with a youthful VP, or viceversa. I think the APM/SKC cannot go the otherway round. It is my sincere hope that SKC will pair himself with an elder as his VP in 2024. I salute APM for identifying SKC material in the first place regardless of what they agreed. He thinks about the welfare of Malawians.

Che Duli
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Che Duli

As usual, Malawians clapping hands to mediocrity.

Chifundo
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Chifundo

APM and SKC are politicians of their own class that nobody can understand them easily….Thats DPPs winning formula

George Mazira a Mbewa
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To hail with your Callista

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Dr Saulos Chilima is either incredibly stupid or particularly smart by being silent on the DPP succession/torch bearer calls.

Mvahe
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Mvahe

A DPP paja akapezeka wina akususana ndi muntharika mumansowesa , ma cadets muli kuti nanga deal with mulamu well well. Iya wajayila mulaaaaaaa mpaka kumachula saulos alande u president isaaaaaa mukumuopa callista guys kamitibuleniii basi azolowera

Sikusinja
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Sikusinja

Tiyeni tizingowonela. Politics ya pa Malawi. A Callista married Bingu ali nkhalamba pano aziti APM wakula. She felt an advanced age Bingu was wise enough and strong enough to be her husband. President can just sit and delegate duties but a husband can not so adane ndi ukalamba lero. She needs to be objective,

Chigwelu
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Chigwelu

Nchinkhalambadi kaya chi peter mutharika, nchigogo chogwa nkumina. Callista wazindikira tsopano wachokako ku midima. Inu zikhalani nchi mbwiya chanucho mugwere limodzi 2019. Already panopo he is having sleepless nights to the point of akubvekedwa ma pamper hahahaha

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