Mutharika, Chilima meeting dominates Malawi press as details emerge on succession stand-off
The meeting between President Peter Mutharika and Vice-President Saulos Chilima at Sanjika Palace on Monday has dominated Malawi media after details have emerged that Chilima has refused to discuss the widening rift within the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) with a presidential delegation of three Cabinet ministers.
The Nation, under the headline “Why Chilima, APM met’ with subheadlines ‘VP rebuffed presidential delegation’ and ‘3 Cabinet ministers requested for meeting’’ reported on the three Cabinet ministers – Goodall Gondwe (Finance, Economic Planning and Development), Samuel Tembenu (Justice and Constitutional Affairs) and Bright Msaka (Education, Science and Technology) – were delegated by the President Mutharika to persuade Chilima to dismiss the so-called Chilima Movement drumming up support for his presidential bid in May 2019 elections.
Malawi’s flagship Daily Times also reports on the same angle with a headline, ‘APM, Chilima meet’.
The press quoting sources, said the delegation which met Chilima last week Tuesday at his official residence in Lilongwe’s Area 12 reported back to Mutharika that the Vice-President refused to act on any of the issues they put on the table.
The presidential delegation reportedly guaranteed Chilima that he will be Mutharika’s Runningmate on DPP tickets in 2019 as it were in 2014.
But Chilima is said to have asked the three ministers to arrange a meeting between him and the President to map the way forward.
Privately-owned Zodiak Broadcasting Corporation also has been running the story also quoting government insiders about the meeting.
Minister of Information Nicholas Dausi, who is government spokesperson, downplayed the meeting as normal for the Presidency to meet and hold discussions, stressing “the two meet time and again.”
Presidential spokesman Mgeme Kalilani also said the VP has been visiting State House “every time he wants to see the President”, therefore there was nothing peculiar about the Monday meeting to discuss government business.
Nyasa Times reported first about the Presidency meeting on Tuesday quoting highly-placed sources that the VP was not “summoned” but he requested to meet the Head of State on his own accord.
“He asked for an audience with President Mutharika. The President accepted to meet him and they met behind closed doors for two hours from two o’clock in the afternoon. No one knows what they discussed because they were only the two of them in that meeting,” said a State House source.
Two camps have emerged in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) with one rooting for the 79-year-old President, while another is saying current Vice-President Chilima, 45 should take over.
Mutharika is eligible for a second and mandatory final five year term up to 2024 as per the Malawi constitution.bJe has declared he will be DPP torchbearer in the polls while Chilima has not committed himself on the calls for him to run for the presidency.
Catholic bishops, in their latest pastoral latter titled ‘A call for a new era’, appealed to political parties to embrace intra-party democracy.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
Mpira wavuta ku DPP. Nkhalamba kuopa Mwana Chilima
Candidly,let Malawians be far sighted.S.Chilima is very qualified for the Presidency of our nation whether someone likes or not,Chilima is our God-Given gift.Firstly,he is young,articulate and loved by the masses of our people from the Southern tip-to the Northern tip,from Eastern Islands-to the Western tip.Candidly speaking,A.Muthalika has used his time and now it is his time to abandon the throne for young and able people.A.Muthalika and his late brother Bingu came into Malawi not to help its citizens rebuild their gorgeous land,but to lay-waste our beautiful land and indeed,they have done just that.I recall Masauko Chipembere’s words when I visited… Read more »
chilima should not be underrated ,pple plzźzz remember hon Joyce Banda ,she once refused to resign siting
hacking in the electronic votes from polling stations to the tally centre,do you know or do you perhaps sniff who masterminded such a wicked plan?pleeaasee pple let us all love our country ,that’s the only property we have,enafe olo nyumba tilibe,tikati tili ndi chum ndiye dziko lathe malawi
Game down. DPP gule kwawo
Actually APM & Chilima are all thieves, Chakwera will carry the day in 2019 elections.
DPP team azigogo is afraid of calling for a convention because they know if Chilima contest against APM, Chilima will be the voctor
Ubanda , why asking him not to go ahead with his ambitions of competing with APM if DPP is not afraid with Chilima , pali bii pali munga ?
I agree with your observation.
Anthu awiriwa akudziwana. Chilipo chimenea anapangana promise.
Chilima shold face reality – he can’t make it outside DPP. Let him try, he will be toast.
Mukunamatu a Braz
That’s true, the party he will form as well as DPP will loose miserably as they will divide their votes & MCP shall carry the day with a landslide victory. Remember Mpinganjira formed NDA which lost dispite hapving city support. Chilima has city support but unfortunately he doesn’t have rural support where most voters are. At the end both Chilima & Munthalika sides have personal interests if they form the next government, it’s all about selfish gains!
does it really matter?