APM opts for Chimulirenji, pledges to take Malawi to new heights

Mutharika receives a gift from MEC chair Justice Jane Ansah

The dust has finally settled as President Peter Mutharika has opted for Minister of Civic Education and Culture Everton Chimulirenji, as his running-mate for the May 21 elections.

The selection of the Ntcheu North Member of Parliament puts to rest speculation which went around the rumour mill on other possible candidates who were earmarked to partner with Mutharika.

From Sanjika Palace, Mutharika who was yet to unveil his running mate, made several stops, greeting the cheering supporters who had lined up the streets of Blantyre all the way to Comesa Hall.

He was joined by Chimulirenji along the way.

The event was full of pomp as all the three roundabouts to the venue were decorated with Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) colours of blue and white.

The President had all the right adjectives for his deputy, describing him as well educated, a man of integrity, loyal, mature and a team player.

Mutharika stressed that the former Deputy Minister of Defence understands the difference between being a vice and deputy president.

In an apparent reference to his estranged vice president Saulos Chilima, he schooled the gathering that a deputy sometimes assists whereas a veep is always delegated.

He also pointed out that a vice president can never be a co-president and that there can only be one president at a time.

Among other posts, Chimulirenji has held are that of district governor in Ntcheu and the party’s national director of campaign.

Mutharika applauded Chimulirenji for his star perfomance while serving in a sensitive Ministry of Defence, hence his being promoted to his current position.

In his partner, Mutharika is upbeat they will work together in running the affairs of government for the next five years.

The DPP candidate stated that this year’s election is going to be a watershed in the history of the nation as people will choose between taking Malawi forward or backwards.

He expressed confidence in the people saying despite finding the country in a bad shape, his administration chose to fix the economy.

“When we found this country in a crisis, we chose to regain our national pride and economic confidence to drive forward our country.

“Now we are set to take Malawi to new heights. We have set the stage for making Malawi a prosperous nation,” Mutharika pledged.

Mutharika pledged improved welfare for the citizenry in creating more jobs for the youth, empowering farmers, youth and women, better markets and delivering more decent homes for vulnerable groups.

He reminded people to engage in civilised politics in the spirit of peace, love and unity as elections and campaign will come and go.