MCP’s Chakwera submits nomination papers with UTM’s Chilima as running mate: Malawi fresh elections

The Soche International Conference Hall in Blantyre on Wednesday was punctuated with pomp mood when torchbearer of a united opposition front under the banner of Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Lazarus Chakwera and his running mate – the country’s estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima of UTM Party – presented their nomination papers to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

Chakwera standing with Chilima as his running mate in the fresh presidential elections
Tonse alliance: Opposition united front for fresh elections
Chakwera and Chilima: MCP presidential ticket for fresh elections representing Tonse Alliance of 9 opposition parties

On February 3 2020, a five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court nullified President Peter Mutharika’s May 21 2019 victory and ordered a fresh poll which is slated on July 2 2020 unless otherwise decided by the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal.

“We stand here before you because we have a date with destiny,” said Chakwera.

“For 26 years, Malawi’s Vice-Presidents have been mistreated, underutilized, harassed, and slandered, but God has given us Dr. Chilima, whose courage has confronted this disease and answered the call to cure it on behalf of all Malawians.That is destiny,” he added.

Thousands of people, including former president Joyce Banda and members of her People’s Party (PP), commander-in-chief of Citizens for Transformation (CFT) movement Timothy Mtambo and hundreds of supporters who defied social distancing gathered at the venue to witness Chakwera and his running mate Chilima present the papers.

The ecstatic united opposition members were chanting songs in support of Chakwera’s candidacy.

Malawi muno sitifunanso wina koma Chakwera, alamule dziko lino, Chigawo cha pakati, yemweyo Chakwera, chigawo cha ku mpoto yemweyo Chakwera , chigawo cha kumwela ymweyo Chakwera alamule dziko lino [ Malawi is quenching for a Chakwera presidency],” they sung in unison.

There was traffic jam in the city as vehicles  moved at snail’s pace with supporters dancing and chanting songs in support of  grand opposition alliance candidature.

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kaukonde
kaukonde
9 months ago

Now we know why Chilima has been rude while in government. He was like a wife who was going out with other men and started being rude to her husband. APM took Chilima while he was in rags , dressed him and now he has eloped with Chakwera.

kanchenga
kanchenga
9 months ago
Reply to  kaukonde

Why do you lie so badly. It is apm who came back in rags. He had to steal a house from Malawi Housing and live alone and had to live a brother because he was homeless.

Blackman
9 months ago
Reply to  kaukonde

This is stupidity at its fullest

Pewani
Pewani
9 months ago
Reply to  kaukonde

Can a CEO of an international company wear rags? You must be a mad person.

Malume Chakwelagalu
Malume Chakwelagalu
9 months ago

Vice president forever …iwe ndi gslu kwabasi Arafati Chilima..you are finished ase…usova…wakhalira zako zomwe

Nicholas
Nicholas
9 months ago

Wakuwawa chilima

Pewani
Pewani
9 months ago

wakuphumitsanibe .

Blackman
9 months ago

And ur an ordinary peasant for life

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
9 months ago

Inu chakupwetekani ndi chani?

Soso
Soso
9 months ago

APENGA MACASET. Ena kumalankhula ngati a UTM. Mwagwanayo. Ife a UTM zathu pheee ulendo ilipo. DPP sidzaonekanso. After 5yrs of Mcp then Chilima ntcheeeeee

Pachalo
Pachalo
9 months ago

Dream team! God bless Malawi. Very soon…freedom is coming! Makawians will be free from regionalistic and tribalistic DPP rule and once again all Malawians will be equal…qualifications and merit will be used to employ people rather than where one comes from!

Bwana Wa Ulesi
Bwana Wa Ulesi
9 months ago
Reply to  Pachalo

Kupepela

Betha wa betha
Betha wa betha
9 months ago

Who hates unity, please! God loves unity not division especially on a good cause like rescuing Malawians from dire poverty. Malawians are in need of freedom from all sorts of abuse and hardships. And you come here to fight unity. No! What Chakwera and Chilima have done is to unite Malawians. They have pursued a good cause. Only thieves and murderers are wailing for their backs will be uncovered! and that too soon. We will catch you and condemn you to imprisonment with hard labour. I repeat with hard labour. Malawians have chosen to be led by light and let… Read more »

TRUTH
TRUTH
9 months ago

Thus what happens when you play a game without choice, you just take what is left for you. This is Chilima running mate for convenient. Chakwela choice was Mia and the two could work comfortably. If the alliance wins Malawi will have two presidents for the first time Chakwela and Chilima.

Phuma kachilima.
9 months ago

Koma chepetsani mkwiyo a chakwera. Nobody likes munthu olusa choncho.

As for chilima, it’s bye bye game iyi siyawana osapola pamchombo. We can aswell forget about Arafat Hamdan unless UTM shall part ways with mcp within 5 years.

This is time for APM. No sane person can vote for crocodile conservative party like Mcp

Ngunga
Ngunga
9 months ago

Kupusa uku.. mg back to xul n differentiate between emphasis n mkwiyo. Bvuto macadet ambiri xul simunapite n siinu ophinzira

Bwana Wa Ulesi
Bwana Wa Ulesi
9 months ago
Reply to  Ngunga

Kupepela

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
9 months ago

Inu mkwiyo munawuwona kuti?

kaukonde
kaukonde
9 months ago

Its normal and not regionalism for Chakwera to pick Chilima from Ntcheu of the same central region. If this was APM guns would have been blazing

Bwana Wa Ulesi
Bwana Wa Ulesi
9 months ago
Reply to  kaukonde

U know losers always likes to play BLAME GAME

Bandawe
9 months ago

Aja ankati Chilima for president – tulukani tikuoneni. Wages mayo basi

Mawi
9 months ago

Chilima has humbly accepted he can’t be president
Where is Callista Mutharika.

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