Writing on Facebook Maneno Chimulala an educator and Freelance reporter said APM is already a popular brand. So all what he wanted was a person of good character, high sense of integrity to partner him. He was not looking for a popular politician because we know pretty well that some are popular in politics because of cashgate money. #Everton Chimulirenji is the best choice.
Indeed this was a brilliant choice. Peter Mutharika and the DPP are more popular than any party in the country. He did not need to burden himself with Characters with baggage and scandals that were going to distract from the campaign.
In introducing his running mate Peter Mutharika wrote the following on twitter “I have chosen Honourable Everton Chimulirenji to be my Running mate towards the 2019 Elections. I have chosen a member of my Cabinet, a man of integrity, maturity, and a long serving dedicated member of the Party”.
According to those in the know. The runners up to the Vice Presidency were, Local Government Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa, former agriculture minister Chaponda and former speaker Henry Chimunthu Banda and Education Minister Bright Msaka.
While the above list had accomplished politician and civil servants. They all had baggage that was going to weigh on the campaign. Opposition is now trying to see what they can use against Everton Chimulirenji.
Only time will tell however for now once the dust settles down and disbelief dissipates many will see this was ingenious move by APM.
Elwin Mandowa is the Founder Managing Editor of The Maravi Post