Ntcheu reacts to Chilima-for-President crusade: Malawi VP mobbed at Dodma warehouse

Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima was on Tuesday mobbed by thousands of chanting supporters of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Ntcheu when he presided over the handover ceremony of parboiled rice by the Chinese government to Malawi government.

Chilima with the Chinese envoy

Chilima in Ntcheu official handover of Rice donated by the Government of the Peoples Republic of China

DPP supporters chanting for Chilima-for Presudency

Chilima at the official handover of Rice donated by the Government of the Peoples Republic of China

Chilima at the official handover of Rice donated by the Government of the Peoples Republic of China

The DPP supporters chanted in reaction to a Chilima-for-President crusade that is gaining support and possibly turn into a movement.

“Adadi abwera! Kuti wawawa! Adadi abwera! Kuti wawawa! Zivute zitani tiri pambuyo pa Chilima (Our father  has come! Come rain or sunshine  we are behind Chilima.)”

The Ntcheu incident happened a day after some DPP  members stormed Chilima’s residence in the capital city to ask him to stand as member of Parliament (MP) for Lilongwe City Centre.

Chilima has recently come under spotlight following remarks by former First Lady Callista Mutharika that the Vice President should be DPP’s presidential candidate in 2019 polls.

The Vice President has not commented on the matter.

In his remarks at Ntcheu, he said government is making all efforts to ensure that no one dies of hunger in the country.

The Vice President, who is also Minister responsible for Disaster Affairs,  said government is aware that some quarters in the country are facing food deficit this year, hence engaging into various efforts to ensure that all those in need have something to eat.

“The 2017 food security assessment report by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee projected about one million people as requiring relief food assistance during the lean season, from December 2017 to March 2018.

“Following the report, government through DoDMA developed the 2017/ 2018 Lean Season Food Insecurity Response Plan to mobilize resources and coordinate the implementation of humanitarian response. MVAC recommended the humanitarian response to be implemented through cash transfer to enable household to purchase the food package at their local markets starting from December, 2017 to March 2018 depending on severity,” the Vice President explained.

Chilima observed that the donated rice would partly contribute towards addressing the food shortage resulting from the infestation of the fall army worm, natural disasters among other factors, which contributed to low production of maize in 2017 and consequent food insecurity.

He pointed out that some parts of Malawi have experienced chronic food insecurity for the past three consecutive years, a development he said forced government to make tremendous efforts to graduate the country from chronic food insecurity.

The Vice President added that government was step up interventions that would make the country pro-active in managing and dealing with various disasters.

“To this extent, government has developed a National Resilience Strategy to harmonize implementation and coordination of resilience building initiatives and programmes by various stakeholders in the country,” he said.

Chilima commended the Chinese government for the rice donation, which he said will complement government’s efforts in the 2017/2018 Food Insecurity Response Programme that rolled out in December, 2017.

He said it was pleasing to note that this was not the first time for the Chinese Government to assist Malawi with food supplies.

“China also assisted us with over 6,500 metric tonnes during the 2016/2017 consumption year when over 6.7 million people were food insecure. Just recently, at the start of the 2017/2018 rain season, the Chinese Government also donated two hi-tech drones to DoDMA to assist with disaster assessments and response in the country,” he said.

Apart from the food items, the Chinese Government also facilitated implementation of community based disaster management projects through the small grants scheme.

Chilima called upon officials that will be involved in the distribution of the rice to uphold principles of transparency and accountability when distributing the rice.

Chinese Ambassador Shi-Ting Wang said his country is always ready to support the country with emergency food items in times of disasters.

“Malawi is a disaster prone country and as a friend, our government is always ready to support in times of need, hence this donation today,” he stated.

China donated 3,270 metric tonnes of parboiled rice for distribution to food insecure households in the ten districts so as to cushion the suffering of the people in the affected areas.

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If Malawi was a proper functioning democracy, Chilima should have been supported by the entire DPP including APM to take over government come next elections. The guy is brilliant and seems to understand the woes of the country better and has what it takes to offer lasting solutions. Whatever Chilima touches turns to gold. Remember the success story of the reforms until Seodi took over and flushed them in toilet? What about his performance at Airtel co? With Chilima as the State President, Malawi stands to benefit more than with APM. CHILIMA COULD BE THE BEST PRESIDENT MALAWI WOULD NEVER… Read more »
Lover of Malawi
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You are very right, boss! We Malawians are really pathetic. Those that have followed Chilima carefully KNOW for SURE that he can change this country! The majority of people that seem to try and discourage the talk of Chilima taking the leadership mantle either have personal interest, are uneducated/unknowledgeable and so misled by party politics, or so unobjective in their analysis as to give views in bad faith. The reasons people have given for attacking the Chilima campaign among others include the bad reputation of Callista and her likely bad and vengeful motives. Some silly ones have even suggested that… Read more »
chikoti
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VP chilima is performing because his boss is in total support of his efforts. Ma VP ambuyomu sanaonetse ntchito zawo coz ma boss awo sanaapatse support..so mukamaona zabwino mwa a VP.onaninso behind the VP.(, boss)…let him enjoy this support now and build his next move fro. There..a Malawi phu.a..kufuna kuchita zinthu mwa phu.a kumaononga…

#DzukaniAmalawi
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Hear me out chikoti…..if Dr Saulos Chilima doesn’t stand up now for DPP’s torch bearer position then that is it for him. There’s no way any of the party members would elevate him to head DPP to the 2024 general elections. Once Peter’s term ends in 2024 (if DPP wins the next years tripartite elections), then that will be the end of Chilima unless he experts his the leadership position now.

Lover of Malawi
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It is a big shame that there are people who reason like you in this country, boss! Difficult to spend time responding to people who think like this!! I love this country!

Ngulenjemalawi
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Chikoti ulibe mfundo, APM is a failure and has failed this nation and nothing is moving in his time except corruption which has gone beyond recognition in this country, now how can He support Chilima, we all know and have been seeing what DPP has been doing to Chilima. If Chilima is making some strides its because the guy is strong and courageous but otherwise the truth is DPP has always been denying him space.

MAGUFULI
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MALAWI NEEDS EVANGALISATION

MALAWI NEEDS COMPLETE OVERHAUL

MALAWI NEEDS NEW LEADERS

MALAWI NEEDS MEN/WOMEN OF THE PEOPLE/GENERATION

MALAWI NEEDS YOUNG INTELLIGENT/VIBRANT LEADERS

BUSHIRI IS THE MAN !!

Hatton
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MCP yatikitidwa 2 – o in a by election today. This is a barometer for the 2019 general election. In Mulanje two centers gave DPP candidate 1,887 votes against MCPs 214. We are waiting for their voice of the presidential candidate. These are the voters that can propel the party into victory. We are aware the MCP propaganda of taunting an easy prey for themselves. These are the same people who are sending their agents to persuade him to contest as an MP. If they are sure that he can win as a president, why are they propagating a move… Read more »
Mukuphana nokhanokha alomwe
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Mukuphana nokhanokha alomwe

Aggregate ndi bwanji pamenepo. 5 to 2. You are really sweating and use zikwanje to get those votes. Make staged them for you to make a point. kkkkkk.
Wait for general elections now. You are still trailing behind 5-2 without an MP for by elections.

Kaitano
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Za zii paliso zodzitukumura apa

Thenga
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DPP inatikitidwa 6-1 kkkkkkk who is ruling here, Hatton? Your asshole president you call mathanyula is too old to dance to the election music of 2019. Save the old goat from embarrassment in 2019 because Cardica-arrest looms for him

Kasumbadedza
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Kkkkkkkkk amwene mwandimvetsa kukoma kwabasi.

Omex70
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Iwe Hatton ndi chimodzi mwa zilombo zomwe zikusocheretsa bwana president…

Ngulenjemalawi
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Hatton iwenso ndiwe ayinso kumachemelela chisankho chomwe chinaonekelathu kuti sichikhala chokomera aliyense. Masapota a MCP amamenyedwa kuwapanga kuti asazavote akhale ndi mantha. kuopa kuti a DPP angazaone zomwe anaona pa dzana sono iwe kumanyadila. yembekezani pa mawa muzaone sono mukanati mwawinner MP mukativuta bwa. Uchite manyazi chilichonse chomwe kulemba anthu akukususa ndiye kuti ulibe support.

Apao Kugola
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Once Chilima gets the nod of DPP to stand as torch bearer in the next elections ine ndi mbumba yanga yonse timutsatira. Apo bii tili nga nga nga ku MCP. ZISINTHE BASI TIONE ZINA. Now it’s Chilima or Chakwera otherwise none.

The Fearless Samurai
(Jwampiriu)

BANDAWE
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Opposition propaganda at its best. Chilima needs to tread carefully because he will end up being misled. Ukakhala pabwino, choipa chimakuitana.

Pimbisa Ambwiye
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Ntcheu supports him because of the homeboy syndrome, nothing more. That is Malawi politics. After all did they had to wait for Callista?

BANDABANDA
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It’s homeboy syndrome. Why didn’t they say Chilima for President before APM picked him as runningmate in 2014. Even Callista never said anything.

Kasumbadedza
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Njoka saweta

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

At least DPP Ntcheu has come in open to support Chilima. Can you all do likewise? Mutharika you have nothing to lose if you can just make up your mind to support this young man.

Neutral man
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Who ever has better reason remember that we chose these leaders by voting. Therefore lets change leadership by voting as well. Whether we like it or not. We all know that maximum terms for a president is 2 therefore we all carry the responsibility of choosing these leaders. In democracy the majority rules. Who ever wins lets accept it for the sake of peace. We all know that in politics is a game of taking advantage over someone’s mistakes. Chilima should wait his turn will come. These ntcheu people are just expressing their view though not discussed to weigh between… Read more »

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