Mutharika absence in campaign trail a blow -Analysts

Political experts say the continued absence of President Peter Mutharika in the heated campaign ahead of the Constitutional Court sanctioned fresh presidential election on July 2 might affect his re-election bid.

Mutharika: Yet to hit on the campaign trail

Mutharika has been on self-imposed lockdown at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre amidst the coronavirus pandemic fears as he has not held any political rally since campaign was officially rolled out.

The President’s running mate Atupele Muluzi is the one hitting the road on campaign trail as Mutharika’s absence during the campaign is conspicuous.

One of the political commentators, Vincent Kondowe said visibility matters most during campaign which he said is a period for candidates to market themselves to the people before they go to the ballot box.

“People out there are wondering as to what is happening to the candidate. It is surprising that it is only Atupele, who will not be on the ballot paper, is the only one campaigning,” said Kondowe.

Another political commentator Sherif Kaisi said people would vote for a candidate they have seen, not they have heard of.

But presidential spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani said this is not an issue worth worrying about.

“It is very interesting that some people would want to raise an issue which is not an issue at all. President Mutharika is busy working in his office,” he said.

 

Mutharika, 80, filed his nomination papers for the July 2 rerun alongside running mate Atupele, the 41-year old son of former President Bakili Muluzi, who ruled Malawi from 1994 to 1999.

The energetic Atupele, who is serving as Energy minister in Mutharika’s Cabinet, is a president of United Democratic Front (UDF) which is in alliance with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Mutharika said during nomination of papers to the electoral body that with Atupele, they will be “the bridge to the future.”

He confidently said “together we will win this election.”

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chataika
chataika
9 months ago

Kkkkk ma analyst a ganyo a ku malawi woseketsa kwabasi. Kodi many claimed that APM is dead where were you to refute such allegations to justify your analytical skills and competency? Busy blaming MEC za incompetency and yet inunso ndinu ndiye oooooo ngozi. APM is a GIANT in politics. Akufuna ana pandale athamangethamange kaye iye abwera mumuwona posachedwapa adad athu. Iwo mtima uli mmalo since anawina so there is no way he should stress himself. Pali mawu akuti wosauka satopa in other words UTM/MCP ali wosauka since they are campaigning tirelessly for presidency kkkkkkk. Ndiye APM akatuluka mpamene mudziwe kuti… Read more »

Nyekhwest .
Nyekhwest .
9 months ago

it is pointless to put in a fight in a loosing battle. Let the old man

Have these people lost their sanity? chosing Atupele Muluzi as their lead campaigner. can he campaign for presidency
he lost a parliamentary race
honestly his speeches are not captivating
his family has a dented name in Malawi politics because of his father
he got only 4% votes from the previous election
he is spending much time in the south where DPP already has massive support (poor strategy)
his looks are awful

Maurice
Maurice
9 months ago
Reply to  Nyekhwest .

Kkk Chaka chino samaka ….ndi nthawi yamafana

BigMan
BigMan
9 months ago

APM is too old for the campaign trail, just as he is too old for the Presidency. At almost 90, half the time he is taking a nap and the other half he is worrying about controlling his bladder.

As Sa
As Sa
9 months ago
Reply to  BigMan

He is 79 how is that almost 90

Maurice Kampangoh
Maurice Kampangoh
9 months ago
Reply to  BigMan

Indeed

Vilhomwe Ndivimbuli
9 months ago

APM is stupid, apapa a kuiwonera patali game. Why should he campaign mwina azaluza or let him be in doors and look like a hero. Check this out

Ma Underwear
Ma Underwear
9 months ago

Wailowa ganyu Atupele , a Dad Ali chigonele pa mphasa……..kikikikikikikikikikiki

Nzika
Nzika
9 months ago

Do we have political analysts in Malawi? Are you talking about party members? Kuli Corona virus and aliyense ali ndi ufulu to go out or not? Atuluke mukampatse virus? Kampeni anapanga kale 2019 ndipo omuvotera akamuvotera basi. What is new with this campaign apart from kunyozana?

Ndikhetsamwazi Chakwera

Kudzawasowa adada patali paja..kkk Apm ndi amuna.

Neno
Neno
9 months ago

NALIKUKUTI WASOWATU SAKUWONEKA BWANJI.

Aaron Mlale
Aaron Mlale
9 months ago

Aaah we want to see and hear your manifesto Mr president… Pls come out were you are…!

This busturd Muluzi, is Just coming to steal and destroy our party, as revenge, becareful APM

Nzika
Nzika
9 months ago
Reply to  Aaron Mlale

Campaign anapanga kaletu 2019
Manifesto lero?

Mzwanya
9 months ago

People realise voting for the dpp is the whole party not just one man. The whole party and it’s ideas

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