Presidential running mates debate to take place ahead of Malawi May polls

By public demand the presidential running mates debate will take place starting  from next week ahead of the May 21 watershed elections, the organiser Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) has announced.

The debates will start on March 7 at Bingu International Conference Cente in Lilongwe from 6.30pm and will be live on Zodiak TV.

The panellists  will be runningmates from ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  Everton Chimulirenji, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Sidik Mia, People’s Party (PP) Dr Jerry Jana,  United Democratic Front (UDF)  Frank Tumpale Mwenifumbo and UTP Party Dr Micheal Usi.

The second debate will take place on March 14 at Comesa Hall in Blantyre from 6:30pm.

Mwenifumbo, who is Atupele Muluzi’s running mate,  said he was ready to face off with all the running mates.

The running mates debate comes at a time when Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Chapter will, from March 29 2019 to 5 April 2019, convene presidential debates to give citizens an opportunity to examine candidates eyeing the top office.

MISA Malawi chairperson Teresa Ndanga told journalists in the capital, Lilongwe, that the debates are a platform for the candidates to outline their developmental agendas if they are to be elected into office.

“We believe that the debates will promote and [push the] focus [of] the election [towards] issues rather than personalities…” Ndanga stated.

The debates are therefore expected to provide Malawians with an opportunity to scrutinise the candidates and elect those that have the skills and competence to lead the country.

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mtetr
mtetr
2 years ago

Anyone of the lot who will articulate issues that the common person understands and appreciates will win votes for his party. I know Usi will entertain, Mwenifumbo will confuse, Jerry will talk about what he’s done for himself and not the country, Chimulirenji will spend the allocated time praising APM. The person to watch and listen to is Mia. He’s got what it takes.

Tizanka
Tizanka
2 years ago

Malawi is the poorest country on earth because of mental slavery. Acting like subjects of the queen of England and living her values have led to Malawians not being patriotic or start looking for solutions from within. Chinese don’t care about your English, some speak Portuguese and no English, some speak Kiswahili and no English. Some speak Arabic and no English, some speak Zulu and no English but they don’t look down on themselves. Elitists in Malawi will screw you ndithu.

Mind you one of the greatest leaders ever in Africa Thomas Sankara used to speak French

Bystander
Bystander
2 years ago
Reply to  Tizanka

When a Chinese speaks no English that does not mean he didn’t go to school. Chinese are educated in Chinese. French are educated in French, Arabs in Arabic and do on. In Malawi we are educated in English. If you can’t speak English and yet your education is in English then that determines whether you are backward or otherwise. So your comparison above, Ms Tidzamka is irrelevant.

Chilungamo
Chilungamo
2 years ago

Wa JCE kukhala Deputy Minister of defence, Minister of civic education and culture! Ma Dr mkumakhala ma clerk. This is so because ma degree amasiku ano bolani kukhala ndi ndalama! JCE yakale is more powerful than ma degree operekedwa masiku anowa!. Wins amva pain cause he is going all the way to rule the country!

Charlie Hebdo
Charlie Hebdo
2 years ago

For me, being eloquent in English or not, is not an issue but being able to articulate how issues being asked at the debate will be handled to solve a myriad of problems Malawians are facing, be it in English or whatever language one prefers. Having said that, I see communication challenges with this Chimulirenji guy. Not only in English but in his vernacular language as well. Let us brest for njuchi zokoma za June.

Toka
Toka
2 years ago

I can see the DPP running mate being assigned to foreign duties by apulofesa during the debate period so that dziko lisamve the broken English.

Njuchi za mu Juni
Njuchi za mu Juni
2 years ago

Mayo ine a Dzonzi

Sure
Sure
2 years ago

Having good eloquence does not mean they can lead people. JC man can help well than wa degree be careful that’s why we are missing the track with professor.

Secondly some people there ndi ma yes bwana they cant help us they are stupid, driver ndi president.

Malawi ikufunica munthu wa kulikonse kaya mtonga mtumbuka mchewa msena mngulu kaya wa JC koma who can bring our glory back

VOTERS PRIDE..
VOTERS PRIDE..
2 years ago

Debate or no debate…the CHAKWERA Hi5 AGENDA IS THE WAY TO GO….

BOTH CHILIMA and MUNTHARIKA HAVE MISERABLY FAILED US

Ngongoliwa
Ngongoliwa
2 years ago

Its a game of inteligence, wisdom, exposure and experience. He who have all will carry the day.

OTSAMUNDA
OTSAMUNDA
2 years ago

ANAY WAY…from 1994 to date we have tried everything… The so called educated people have miserably failed us…..The professors ( Like Muntharika) , the Dr ( Like Chilima ) …have miserably failed us…Dr Bakili Muluzi was even worse than the above two..

Educated people have miserably failed us and they don’t even matter in our society….. WE NO LONGER NEED CLASSROOM KNOWLEDGE TO BULD A BETTER MALAWI..

TO MOVE MALAWI FORWRD WE JUST NEED A PATRIOT WITH CLEAR VISION..

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