‘Pave way for Chilima or lose in 2019’
PRESIDENT Peter Mutharika is facing a stark choice over next year’s presidential election: make way for his Vice President, Saulos Chilima and ensure victory for his Democratic Progressive Party, DPP, or stand again, lose and see his Democratic Progressive Party, DPP splitting.
So far, he has declared that he will be standing. And that, according to several political analysts who called The Express, will lead to a serious split in the DPP.
“Signs of the split are already there”, said one. “Those who remain with him will do so only out of blind loyalty and that will be disastrous for both Mutharika and the DPP.”
This warning comes close on the heels of a warning by the DPP’s national youth director, Louis Ngalande who told the press that Mutharika and the DPP were sitting on “a ticking time bomb” if the subject of the DPP’s representation in the elections which are scheduled for next May is not discussed in the open.
Several party officials, who The Express spoke with, complained that there was no forum in the DPP on which its officials could freely discuss and debate such subjects.
The subject of the DPP’s presidential candidate was first raised by former First Lady, Callista Mutharika who is widow of Bingu wa Mutharika, who was Peter’s brother and who died while in office in April 2012.
She warned Peter, her brother in law not to listen to “beasts” who were calling on him to stand again out of their selfish interests and to make way instead for Chilima.
Mutharika would be 79 years old by the time he would contest in next year’s general elections.
Chilima on the other hand, is now 45 and apparently highly popular, especially with the generation of younger persons who, according to estimates, will make up the majority of voters in the scheduled presidential, parliamentary and local government elections.