A question opinion poll conducted by the leading media house in Malawi, Times Group, has revealed that most people would favour lawmaker Atupele Muluzi to lead the country in 2014 with his ‘agenda for change’ amongst the opposition candidates sampled.
Times Group through one of its titles, Daily Times newspaper, asked its readers to vote on who would be “the most suitable person to lead the country in 2014 amongst the opposition.”
The candidates sampled were Atupele (UDF), opposition leader John Tembo (MCP), state vice president Joyce Banda(People’s Party), John Kapito (rights activist), Prof Mathews Chikaonda (economist), Henry Duncan Phoya (MCP), Lewis Chimango (MCP) and Jessie Kabwila –Kapasula, one of the main symbols of the University of Malawi academic freedom fight.
In the results published in the Sunday Times on January 15, Atupele was vouched overwhelming by the people with 36.1 percent. He was followed by vice president Banda with 22.78 percent.
The results also show lawmaker Phoya who has joined MCP got 17.72 percent while MCP president Tembo got 2.43 percent with Chimango , the former Speaker of Parliament who has been not been active in politics, getting 4.63 percent only.
Non politicians: Malawi Human Rights Commission head, Kapito got 5.63 percent, Chikaonda 6.73 percent and Kabwila-Kapasula 3.38 percent. The paper said there was a 0.55 percent null and void voted casted through phone sms using Airtel subscribers.
Times Group has been conducting some other polls through its titles ,
The paper also asked Malawians to vote whether Inspector General of Police, Peter Mukhitho and Commissioner for South Rodney Jose should resign to pave way for the investigations on the death of student activist Robert Chasowa which they are implicated. Only 19 disagreed.