President Peter Mutharika and Atupele Muluzi

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—President Peter Mutharika, who is the torchbearer of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the forthcoming fresh presidential poll, has discarded Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera’s call to a political debate before the election.

At a political rally he held at Kapiri in Mchinji on Sunday, Chakwera said the issue-based debate would help Malawians to choose a better leader in the fresh presidential election.

“By the way, where is Mutharika? How I wish a political debate was organised for us to express our development agenda to Malawians,” Chakwera said.

But responding through his spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani, Mutharika said he has nothing to prove in political debates.

“Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has nothing to prove to Chakwera. He has already beaten him twice at the ballot. He is going to beat him again for the third time, debate or no debate,” Kalilani said as quoted in Times.

Last year, a series of presidential debates were organised by Misa Malawi. Mutharika did not participate in the debates.

Misa Malawi Chairperson, Teresa Ndanga, said Monday presidential debates are crucial in helping the electorate appreciate the quality of leaders they would be voting for.

Ndanga said Malawians could only make informed choices during the election when they hear ideas and arguments from all sides involved.

“This year, looking at the time and resource constraints, we will not be able to organise the presidential debates. But we will still engage the various presidential candidates on a number of issues, including media freedom, the Access to Information Act and others,” Ndanga said.

Malawians will vote in a fresh presidential poll on June 23 after the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Constitutional Court to nullify the May 21 2019 presidential election due to massive irregularities.

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