BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President and Tonse Alliance torchbearer, Lazarus Chakwera, has denied allegations that he would serve for only five years if voted into power, arguing the alliance will be reviewing the contents of their partnership if he wins the fresh election slated for this month.
Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima, who is also Chakwera’s running mate, said terms of the Tonse Alliance agreement include a provision that he will be the presidential candidate in future elections.
Chilima made the remarks during a Tonse Alliance rally at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre on Sunday.
“We agreed that Dr Lazarus Chakwera will be the torchbearer in the 2020 fresh presidential elections. But in future, I will be the presidential candidate so that we should develop the country,” said Chilima.
But speaking to Brian Banda on Times TV monitored by Maravi Post, Chakwera said it is undecided whether he will be a one-term or two-term president if he wins the fresh election this month.
Chakwera said while his running mate and UTM leader Saulos Chilima said he would succeed him after his term expires in 2025, assuming he wins the election, it has not been decided when he would step down.
“What is a problem serving one term and what is a problem not serving one term,” said chakwera.
“We must focus on making sure that Malawians get served,” he added.
He said the priority is to focus on creating a synergy between Chilima and himself to fix the maladministration in the current DPP led government.
“We form a synergy that will truly serve Malawi,” he said.
Chakwera also denied speculations that the nine-party Tonse Alliance have already shared posts particularly the cabinet positions and that it will be a power-sharing government with Chilima.
Put to him that Chilima already disclosed during the public rally that besides being Vice President, he will also serve as Minister of Findance, Chakwera said the UTM leader was merely expressing his interest and it’s not a done deal.
“Dr. Chilima and I will sit down and work out tings when time comes. He has a right to express his interest,” Chakwera said.
The UTM leader dumped Mutharika’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ahead of the 2019 elections and launched his bid for the presidency in 2018.
Following the nullification of the 2019 presidential elections, Chilima and Chakwera joined forces as they look to oust Mutharika in the 2020 elections.