POLITICAL analyst has warned the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, DPP, that it will face hurdles to win the 2019 presidential elections without Vice President, Saulos Chilima.
Chilima has disclosed that he will not contest on any position at the party’s convention.
Reacting to the development, political analyst, Wonderful Mkhutche, has warned the party that without Chilima, its probability of winning elections are minimal.
The analyst has advised DPP members to consider life after President Peter Mutharika if they love the party.
“It will be a great challenge for DPP to make it in May 2019 without Saulos Chilima that is if President Mutharika decides not to pick him again as a running mate. President Mutharika’s candidacy will be filled with a trail of failures,”
“Chilima’s presence at the ballot with him could have saved the candidacy and give it an edge over DPP’s main challenger, opposition MCP. As it stands now, DPP has compromised its May 2019 chances and also its future,” he told The Express.
Mkhutche added that when the VP said DPP has owners, he meant that the party has been sidelining him for the past four years.
“Chilima meant the character DPP has shown over the past four years, is clear now that the party was sidelining him when he was working as Vice President. The party as well did not incorporate him in the National Governing Council. Probably, that is what he meant,” he explained .
According to Mkhutche, it is a straight no if Chilima decides to contest on his own because he cannot win.
“Time is not on his side for him to make a political campaign that can take him into power,”
“For his future, Chilima has taken a good path opting out of DPP’s contest. He has a very bright political career ahead. There is politics outside DPP and as he said, he is a man of courage,” said Mkhutche.