Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Peter Mutharika on Wednesday presented his running mate Saulos Chilima to the people of Zomba at a rally held at Songani in President Joyce Banda’s backyard of Zomba Malosa constituency.
Mutharika took time to explain to the huge crowd that attended the rally why he settled for Chilima as his runningmate.
He said there were 40 names which were trimmed to 7 then 3 before settling for Chilima, the former Chief Executive of Airtel Malawi.
“Chilima is a young man who has proved himself in the private sector,” said utharika of his running mate.
“He is capable and I want someone who can run state affairs if am away or if indeed I am sick, this is the confidence that I have in my running mate,” said Mutharika.
He said his government wants to form a good relationship with the private sector because he believes that the private sector is a key driver of economic growth if well supported.
Mutharika also reassured the people of Zomba that the much awaited Zomba-Blantyre road which was started during the reign of the late Bingu Mutharika will be finalized by the DPP government after May 20 and that it will have a dual carriage from 3 miles to Zomba and from Kachere to Limbe.
He also said DPP will implement programmes that will help women and youth in the country.
Mutharika announced that the much awaited DPP Manifesto will be unveiled before the official campaign period which starts in March 21.
In his remarks, Chilima encouraged the youth to be involved in developmental work to create a positive impact in the communities they live in.