Mutharika’s succession choice of Chimulirenji causes uproar in Mulhakho wa Alhomwe

Muhlakho wa a Lhomwe members and some chiefs from the southern region are not pleased with President Peter Mutharika’s choice of Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development and Parliamentarian for Ntcheu North East, Everton Herbert Chimulirenji as his successor.

President Mutharika and his choice of vice president if re-elected, Everton Chimulirenji
Power behind the throne: Bodyguard Chisale with President Mutharika all wearing same shoes

Mutharika picked Chimulirenji as his running mate for his re-election bid in the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

Nyasa Times understands that Mulhakho wa Alhomwe top brass has been having underground meetings to discuss the President’s choice of his successor as the party loyalist  were ambushed  as they only learnt about it  at Comesa Hall in Blantyre when Mutharika presented his presidential nomination forms to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) officials and  were heard murmuring in disapproval.

According sources in Mulhakho wa Alhomwe, the members expressed their anger on First Lady Gertrude Mutharika and President Mutharika’s Security aide Norman Paulos Chisale accusing them of misleading the President to pick their preferred successor Chimulirenji.

Many people especially from the Lhomwe belt had hope that Mutharika would ensure a proper succession plan with the blessing of the party top brass.

With the appointment of Chimulirenji as Mutharika’s running mate and in the event that DPP wins the May watershed elections, Chimulirenji will be Vice President, the   Lhomwe people believe they are losing grip of the party.

“People are very angry with the First Lady and Chisale because they believe that it is them who influenced Mutharika to pick Chimulirenji. Even the chiefs wondered why Mutharika acted this way,” said a source who attended the meeting.

“They have agreed to send a delegation to meet Mutharika and demand answers for his action before deciding what to do next,” added the source.

Inside sources at State House said the Chimulirenji deal was done a few weeks ago after Mutharika rejected the name of Bright Msaka as his running mate.

“It was after the Msaka issue that the First Lady and Chisale pushed for the name of Chimulirenji because he comes from Ntcheu and would protect them than other Mulhakho people. But they convinced Mutharika that Chimulirenji will counter the Saulos Chilima vote in Ntcheu and the boss was convinced,” said the source.

Strongman Chisale comes from Ntcheu and the First Lady comes from Balaka.

It is not known if Mutharika will grant the group an audience as it is Chisale and the First Lady who controls the diary of the President.

Mutharika has already defended his preferred choice, saying he had settled for Chimulirenji because of his integrity, educational qualifications, outstanding performance and a team player who would effectively help him run government for the next five years.

“He understands the difference between a vice-president and deputy president and that a vice-president is always delegated and the vice-president will never be a co-president,” said Mutharika.

Commentators say lack of succession plans and intra-party democracy are the source of chaos for handing over the leadership mantle.

Malawi political parties have been advised to embrace intra-party democracy, tolerance and devise proper succession plans as “good leaders do not leave a vacuum or chaos”.

Chimulirenji, 56, is also part of Mutharika’s Cabinet, served as deputy minister for Defence before the latest Cabinet reshuffle took him to his present portfolio as Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development.

He is also the party’s deputy national director of elections, a position he was elected to at the party’s national convention in 2018.

Chimulirenji studied business administration and once worked with the then Ministry of Works. He was running a construction company when he joined newly formed DPP in 2005 under the stewardship of former president, the late Bingu wa Mutharika.

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kachepakamwana
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kachepakamwana

I think we have this mistaken notion about who a leader should be. Being a good leader can simply mean having a good eye for identifying talent in other people basi! All this downgrading of Chimulirenji because of his purported lack of education, popularity, eloquence and what not is unfortunate and must stop. If Muntharika had picked from the shortlist the formal and informal media had made for him, he would have still incurred some form of wrath.

Shack
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Shack

By the looks, the bodyguard should be the running mate wa DPP. This is fun. Mulakho wa ALhomwe has been cancelled!

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

The truth of the matter is that according to culture, Peter Mutharika is from Ntcheu. It is believed that is where his mother came from. The appointment of two running mates from Ntcheu is to try to reward his kinsmen.

Achiswe
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There will be no real and sustainable development in Malawi until tribalism disappears from politics and public life. Malawi should be a nation of people united under one flag, not an amalgamation of tribes. Forget tribalism and realise that we are all one people living in a country called Malawi. Let this concept guide us in choosing who will run our country for the next five years.

Ebo
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Ebo

Spot the difference…..Norman’s and Peter’s shoes are not the same….they just look similar.

NotWakanda4Ever
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NotWakanda4Ever

they are same brand just different colors actually blue and black! APM shoelace are tight while the other guy’s its loosen a bit!!

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba Kuba K145 million
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The talking point is the age and poor health of Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba who is already above life expectancy age of human beings. Most people know that the old man would not finish his term should he win. Winning is already a tall order after sideling people like Atupele, Ntaba, Goodall, Charles Mhango, Tembenu, notorious Uladi Mussa, George Malemia aka Nankhumwa, Francis Kasaila, Bintoni Kutsaila and George Chaponda. This Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba lacks political maturity. There are no people left to campaign for him except his MBC which many people don’t listen to. Stupid APM.

braveheart
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Succession or Vice president?DPP will do convention right?and issue of the same shoes what’s the matter?Chimulireji is a Malawian,DPP executive member&Campaign director right?..its you people who are tribalist not DPP & with ur tribalist mentality u thot vice president will be Lomwe ?Shame! DPP is a National party…or by the way was Chilima Lomwe? Keep ur hatred and brace for defeat&Muheya keep reporting ur half baked fake news.Sold out reporter.If Chilima humbled himself wouldn’t he still be the DPP running mate? Shame shame shame!

No to DPP
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No to DPP

Similar not same shoes. Pair each

Mangochi kabwafu
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Mangochi kabwafu

Kikikikikiiiii

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

I as a Lomwe of Amakuwa, Mihavani and Nyamwero am very angry indeed and I will vote for UTM.

Shack
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Shack

Or you can vote MCP kuti usabetse vote.

Tuvitwana
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Tuvitwana

WE TALK ABOUT HIM BEING SUCCESSOR BECAUSE IN CASE AMP DIES, HE BECOMES THE PRESIDENT. JUST LOOKING AT HIM he can’t be a president no no no!
THE GUY LOOKS VERY DULL, THE TYPE AMP WANTS. BUT LUCKILY FOR MALAWIANS, NO SANE PERSON WOULD VOTE FOR THIS PAIR NOT EVEN NGOLONGOLIWA.