Misa Malawi schedule two presidential debates: March 29 and April 5

Presidential candidates: (L to R) Chakwera, Chisi, Kuwani, Banda. Chilima, Muluzi, Chilumpha, Kaliya and Mutharika

Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter, has announced they are organising presidential television live debate for a large field of nine presidential candidates in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Misa Malawi is one of the key organisers for the debate which includes key electoral stakeholders and the media houses to beam live the public debates.

The first debate will take place on March 29 at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe, nine days into official campaign period.

The second round of the debate will be held on April 5.

The candidate will have an opportunity to articulate how they will tackle challenges bedevilling the nation if voted into power by Malawi’s 6.8 million registered voters.

The debates will be live on national broadcaster MBC, privately owned Times TV and Zodiak TV.

Political commentators say they want the topics that are important to the Malawian people.

They have also asked organisers to ensure all presidential aspirants take part in the debate to give Malawians a chance to assess them fairly.

All parties have said their leaders were set to take part in the debate while Presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani said President Mutharika is waiting for formal invitation

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) confirmed nine presidential candidates, including incumbent President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Vice-President Saulos Chilima of newly formed UTM Party.

Besides political allies-turned-rivals, Mutharika and Chilima, other candidates in the presidential race are Lazarus Chakwera (Malawi Congress Party-MCP), John Chisi (Umodzi Party-UP), Peter Kuwani (Mbakuwaku Movement for Development-MMD), Joyce Banda (People’s Party-PP), Atupele Muluzi (United Democratic Front-UDF), Cassim Chilumpha (Tikonze People’s Movement) and Revelend Kaliya (independent).

Joyce Banda is the sole female presidential candidate whereas Chilumpha’s ticket partner, Zione Matumba, is the only female running mate.

Muluzi’s running mate, Frank Mwenifumbo, is the only Northernor appearing on presidential ticket.

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MEJB
MEJB
3 years ago

I would like to be part of the audience during both debates

True Malawian
True Malawian
3 years ago

How come awo apereka ndalama ku Misa kuti awonele mayeso.Kumbukilani Hardtalk you underestimated madala he came on top and now he will do the same

Mzeee
3 years ago

Ayambe ndi ma runningmate

BONGANI
BONGANI
3 years ago

I see God is Favoring Chakwera for Malawi President.

Tentative Nomenclature
Tentative Nomenclature
3 years ago
Reply to  BONGANI

Why do you think He did not do that in 2014? And what did you see then?

Klaus
Klaus
3 years ago

Because Saulo Chilima anabela mavote for DPP. And now the battle is in the family atalephera kukwaniritsa xomwe adapangana.
Dr Laz is the only one who has been consitent and who has vision for the new Malwi.

Nyadaufe
3 years ago

One of the issues should be if ected into power what will the winner do about 50+1?

Zamba
Zamba
3 years ago

Two bububu’s, Maliseche and Chimu. Debate iyi dpp sikaphulapo kanthu

tman
3 years ago

sitipanga za wana,forget us

Fraser Nyakamela
Fraser Nyakamela
3 years ago

Unfortunately Peter and Chimulilenji will be abroad that day

Raph
Raph
3 years ago

Kkkkkkkkkkkk

Clement Gondwe
Clement Gondwe
3 years ago

That’s good MISA for planning to conduct Presidential Debates although the number to me seems to be big, some of them will just waist our time. I think if the debates can be restricted to five Parties only namely DPP, MCP, UTM, UDF & PP. To me these are the serious contenders for 2019 elections.

Tentative Nomenclature
Tentative Nomenclature
3 years ago

They should start with running mates as curtain raisers, after all, they are all potential vice presidents. Dr Michael B. Usi moto kuti buu! When it comes to the presidential aspirants themselves some will say, “Tchuzi kaye!” Fellow Malawians, I love you so much and I am praying that you should see that SKC was prepared for a time such as this one. Long live democracy!

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