Ntata’s Uncommon Sense: Turning Malawi veep poison into cake

During the transitional period from dictatorship to a democracy in 1994, framers of our new democratic constitution created the office of the vice president among several other provisionsthat were missing in the previous. The office of vice president was not meant to be the poisoned chalice it has become. It was not meant to be a threat to the president nor was it meant to be a curse to whoever occupies it. The office of the Vice president was necessary and was meant to facilitate the creation and sustainability of a strong and functional democracy in Malawi. That is why the constitution had to protect the vice presidency from the powers of the president.

Chilima is the master of his own fate, which he is carefully orchestrating and which is not yet sealed

Unfortunately, since we adopted the democratic constitution in 1995, all presidents have been very uncomfortable with their vice presidents and found them very threatening.  As a result theyhave always felt insecure and victimized their vice presidents to protect their interests and interests of their cronies and tribesmen. In order to redeem themselves from victimization and to fight for their constitutional right to run for office of president, the vice presidents have always unsuccessfully created factions within the so-called ruling party to maneuver their way through to the top. Eventually, they have always left the ruling party and created their own parties and contested but none has succeeded to win elections.

So far.

It is now quite apparent that none of our previous vice presidents was better and more tactical at redeeming himself from victimization of the president and his cronies to run for the office of president than Dr. Klaus Chilima. Something tells me that Chilima is capable of changing the fate and history of the office of the vice president in Malawi. I am sure many are beginning to see that the potential and determination of the vice president towards leading this country was underestimated and misjudged.

I am persuaded to submit that Chilima is possibly not a victim of the fate of his office as some may suggest, but rather the master of his own fate, which he is carefully orchestrating and whichis not yet sealed.

After it was publicly confirmed that the Vice president had fallen out with the president through public outbursts of president Mutharika and his government and party officials in their castigation of Chilima and his supporters, many doubted his strength to stand up to his political bullies and go after the presidency. In his continued silence on the matter and his later withdrawal from the DPP convention they saw fear and cowardice. In his press statement on 6 June and interview on 4 July which broke the silence about his aspirations to contest in 2019 but did not achieve enough to convince his critics, and those that expected more from him of his level of his determination, they saw indecisiveness and timidity.

They were wrong.

With his performance at the launch of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) last Saturday on 21 July, public opinion and media reports show that Chilima has convinced the country that he is ready and capable of offering this country better leadership. He has also with his a single rally of a launch entirely changed the political landscape towards 2019 making himself a vital force to reckon with and alternative viable option against Mutharika and Chakwera.

Chilima lunched the UTM at Masintha in Lilongwe in a very historical manner. Against all expectations of what would become of the launch of a movement- not even a party, of a victimized youthful vice president who was presumed to be weak and lacking in strategy, the rally was a very huge success. Thousands of people, both young and old with many of them wearing t-shirts, caps and similar attires of UTM movement that displayed the face of Chilima were all over the place. Dozens of vehicles of UTM were everywhere in the city of Lilongwe and at Masintha ground, painting the capital city with in red.

This was not an ordinary launch of a simple movement. Apart from thousands that attended, several members of parliament from major parties like MCP, DPP and UDF had already defected to the movement and confidently took their seats on the podium. Most of them took turns to speak in favor of the movement and the leadership of Chilima to endorse his credibility to the people of Malawi. These MPs were mostly heavy weights that command some reasonable respect across the country and are therefore capable of pulling numbers from their constituencies but swaying the entire public opinion and perception in favor of the movement.  

When he got his turn to speak, as a president of UTM and aspiring leader of our country, media reports and word of mouth, testify that Chilima did not disappoint.  He spoke strongly and boldly against the evils of corruption, nepotism and other evils and malpractices of the DPP administration that are killing our country. The people welcomed his speech and its impact can still be felt beyond the launch as the media continue to debate and discuss it. There is still panic coming in the other political camps, which is clear sign that Chilima drew the battle line and he drew it strongly.

The manner in which Chilima launched the rally, along with the massive patronage, the speakers and the speeches and the movement’s material and everything, reveals excellent planning, organization and exceptional management. This means that while we might have been busy guessing, doubting and wondering about his seriousness and commitment, Chilima was working steps ahead of us, he had his strategies already worked out and only waiting for the moment to set his agenda for 2019 in motion.

This might reveal much about his ability as a leader and someone who can be entrusted with running the affairs of a country.

I can only congratulate him for that massive launch of UTM and wish him the best of luck as he attempts to lift the curse from the office of the vice presidency in Malawi and turn what has so far been many men’s poison into his cake.

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I must admit I was of the people who didn’t have much faith with Chilima and his strategies and tactical moves. I wasn’t convinced that he would be so articulate to resonate with the masses across the spectrum. I don’t even understand why he accepted joining DPP, a crooked party. Now I totally get it. To defeat an enemy, infiltrate his psyche and base to not understand his weaknesses but strengths as well. Having understood thoroughly DPP’s weaknesses, Chilima has come out as a redeemer using the very weaknesses he picked up over 4 years. He has intelligence that PETER… Read more »

Tiyeseni Phiri
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Tiyeseni Phiri

From what I have seen, the VP was never victimized. He planned this all along. No wonder his activities and actions were designed to conflict that of his boss in order to win sympathy and have a proper cause for ‘Band kugawana zida’. He capitalised on any mistake his government made. He engineered the revelation of embarrassing scandals in his government so that he could ride on the wave of disappointment. He tried as much as possible to distance himself from the core workings of government and the party. He uses the party and societal rejects to pump up support… Read more »

Ngongoliwa
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Pumbwa iwe sudzamva ndithu

GonapaDindi
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That’s sense right there

Panganani
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My brother Allan-UTM has not yet started to campaign. You will see what they will do when they start. ANA AMENEWA ANAMENYA NKHONDO NDI KAMUZU AND WATCH THE SPACE

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

Mr Ntata pliz join these & contribute, I know that you, yourself, you’re one of brightest minds our nation has ever had. Help these guys, help Malawians.

Vison
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Vison

Yes, you are right, this man is very bright, please join bwana.

Mthini Mzondi
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Those are yet your foolish regular opinions. No wonder you can run way from a bill of one piece of mtumbwana at Sportsman Bar and you send the whole patronage lughing lungs out!

Meme
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Meme

Ntata, you seem to have forgotten Malawi’s political history – Joyce Banda already lifted the curse of the VP. She was supported by CSOs, the media, churche’s.

ankhwinda
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Zinthu ziwiri zosiyana wina anatenga kudzera infa ya mbuyache wina akuzimenyera yekha nkhando

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