Mutharika sidelining  VP Chilima? Muluzi’s Zambia trip triggers probing comments on Nyasa Times

Some Malawians have questioned the motive behind President Peter Mutharika’s gesture to delegate the former leader  Bakili Muluzi to represent him at Zambia’s 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations in Lusaka next week.

President Mutharika and his  vice president Chilima: Power-play?

President Mutharika and his vice president Chilima: Power-play?

Commenting on a Nyasa Times story in a discussion section,  the readers  wondered why  sending former leader to such an important function when the state Vice President Saulos Chilima is just sitting in office waiting to be delegated by the same President.

“Is this gesture trying to confirm what we are hearing that there is bad blood between Mutharika and his Vice President Chilima,” asked one commentator on Nyasa Times comment section before one posting under the name Nyangwani concurred with him saying, “Where is the State Vice President Saulos Chilima? Is it part of UDF-DPP Pact to sideline Chilima? Muluzi has a corruption case. He should not be sent on government business.”

On a different note, another one posting a comment under the name of Wachitaganya said:  “This is a huge Diplomatic gaffe. While it may seem correct on the domestic political scene I do not think it’s something that Lusaka will highly cherish. Bear in mind that Sata and the Mutharikas are miles apart all because of Sata’s deportation when he came to visit Muluzi. So what message is Lusaka getting from this? The President has lost an opportunity to improve relations with this good neighbor of ours. His own attendance or that of Chilima would have been much better.”

On another note, some comments wondered if Muluzi is fit and well after he had been ailing during his court cases.

Muluzi, who was recently appointed Malawi’s Special Commonwealth envoy to Swaziland, met President Mutharika at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre where the former head of state briefed the incumbent on the progress of mediation talks on the democratic process taking place in Swaziland.

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Judge Kamisah>chitipa
Judge Kamisah>chitipa

Its oky to send Muluzi to that function because it shows that peter isnt selfish….every Malawian is equal to each other.

Keen Observer

Personally I don’t see anything wrong here cos as we all know that Sata is Muluzi’s best friend then if there is anyone who can put a good word to Sata for Mutharika then it’s Muluzi simple equation here


kikikikikikikikiki ukayenda ndi mu lomwe dziwa kuti wayenda wekha tiyenazoni amalawi. DPP WOYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Glyvin maunde

Peter mutharika promiced that he will cut foreign trips with his vice so representative can atleast reduce tax monies expendture


Blame Peter coz Muluzi iz not vice president:should we say peter appointed Chilima & Muluzi!!!nanga ntchito za Chilima ndizo ziti,chaka sichinakwane mkomwe ndikumachitika zautsilu ngati izi? abale where iz our country going???!!!!!


ndi nthawi yao


Mumati bingo ndiopanga zayekha.

Gona Mkulawe

All in all is good.


Sometimes the media trigger conflicts with such statements as “what we are hearing”. Bwanji osanena kumene mwamva? Let me break it down for you: Muluzi ushered in King Mutharika I (who didn’t have the rhetorical acumen to campaign for himself then) and King Mutharika II is standing on the shoulders of his late brother; therefore, Mutharika II owes Muluzi matumbo a nkhuku! It’s “thank-you” time. It’s a replica of ancient “arranged marriages” between warring clans.


IWE NO. 90 Chitosi chako! mbuli yeniyeni ntchito utenant basi ! manoso ulibe mkamwa mwakomo , kupanda atumbuka ungakhale munthun iwe ? Galu weniweni , ubwerezenso kunyoza atumbuka uwone chomwe chidagulula mano akowo ! chitsiru tonde iwe.

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