LILONGWE (Muchanakhwaye Khwepeya, Malawi NewsNow ) –Outspoken Mulanje West legislator Mrs Patricia Kaliati, who is also Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) national director of women, has warned the party officials who have resorted to politics of insults that they should brace for more political hurricane when Vice-President Dr Saulos Kalus Chilima starts addressing Malawians on his presidential candidature.
Kaliati said the DPP should up their game on personal attacks because Chilima will shake them up
She said if DPP are afraid of her, a member of the Chilima Movement, “what if Chilima starts addressing Malawians on his candidature?”
Kaliati on Thursday led the so-called Chilima Movement, a faction of DPP national governing council (NGC) members and legislators pushing forward Chilima’s name for the party’s presidency. She described Mutharika as a clueless leader.
Mutharika is facing an unprecedented resistance for an incumbent—eligible for a second term as per the Malawi Constitution—from some DPP members canvassing for Chilima’s candidacy.
Former first lady Callista Mutharika—widow of Bingu who was the incumbent President’s elder brother—sparked the succession debate weeks ago when she said her in-law, 79, should pave the way for the comparatively youthful and energetic Chilima, 45.