Minister of Local Government and Rural Development who is also Director of Elections for ruling Democratic Progressive Party Kondwani Nankhumwa has been misquoted saying President Arthur Peter Mutharika must not partner Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima in the coming 2019 elections.This is according to a recording Malawi Voice has in possession from Ministry of Information.
Some publications have deliberately misquoted Nankhumwa, saying the remarks were a veiled dig at State vice-president Saulos Chilima after fevered speculation that DPP top brass from the Lhomwe-belt have persuaded Mutharika not to partner Chilima as his running mate in the 2019 elections, an allegation which the Director of elections in the ruling party has denied.
It is believed that some Malawi Congress Party operatives have been paid to mudslide Nankhumwa so that his relationship with Mutharika and Vice president Mutharika must be sour.
MCP wants to bring confusion in DPP by creating a gap between Mutharika and Chilima despite Mutharika on numerous occasions saying that there no bad blood between him and Chilima and that the VIce President is his son.
Mutharika held the rally at Mankhokwe Primary School ground in Chileka after he presided over a ground breaking ceremony of a dual carriageway to be constructed from Clock Tower in Blantyre Central Business District (CBD) to Chileka Airport.
Mota-Engil will construct the 16km road which will be funded by the Government of Malawi to the tune of K11 billion.
In his speech, Mutharika said his plain is to “totally transform the country.”
Mutharika also promised a community college for the people of Chileka to be named after one of the old musicians from the area.
He was reacting to a request from member of Parliament for the area Peter Kumpalume who asked the President to consider building a community college in Chileka to nurture and boost music talent in the area. Historically, Chileka is known for producing great musicians.
“Your Excellency, this area is a home of many musicians, Daniel Kachamba, Evison Matafale, Likhubula Jazz Band and even Black Missionaries come from this area. The youth of this area are into music. I, therefore, ask you to consider building a community college to nurture such a talent,” he requested.