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A group within the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) calling themselves Progressive Youths have expressed disgust and dismay at the way Peter Muthalika is running the country. The group which aligns itself to a radical reformation of leadership in the DPP and the civil service, has since rallied calls to support Saulos Claus Chilima’s bid for the 2019 Elections.

This comes amidst criticism from the general public on the uncharacteristic display of lack of public relations by the DPP leader during the recent press briefing in which the president appeared confused and was easily angered at simple questions from the media.

“The president should just have concentrated on the key issues coming out of the United Nations General Assembly and how he was to align Malawi Government to benefit from the new Sustainable Development Goals. But he was just very pathetic. He was busy banging tables and shouting Nonsense Nonsense. This guy with fail the DPP and Malawians. We are better off with the VP (meaning Saulos) than madalawa. Akula mwina.” Said a visibly annoyed young cadet, an outspoken member of the progressive youths.

Another member of the DPP hierarchy also expressed displeasure at the president’s tendency to rush and negotiate deals for Malawi when technicians and Chilima could do much better. “He is not conversant in the language of economics and investments/ business for one. He can’t convince even a local chewing gum vendor let alone a multi-million dollar investor. Why does he want to pose as if he can manage to convince anything or anybody to come to Malawi. Saulos is a marketer and better placed to do that. Now he is rushing to go to India, none will be willing to come to Malawi. He cannot articulate anything and he is full of himself for nothing.” Shouted the source

In other development, many of the would be investors that were purported to be coming to invest in Malawi appear to drop hints that they will no longer proceed with such plans as Malawi continues to perform badly on governance, economic fundamentals and also on the other major issues raised by the IMF assessment team.

There are signs in the DPP that Muthalika may face strenuous opposition in Mr. Saulos Claus Chilima as he appears to be the only one pushing the reform agenda and also seems to be the only one who has an idea of where the government is going. We are yet to see where this takes the relationship between the president and his vice or whether this is another Deja vu between Bakili Muluzi and Justin Malewezi or Bingu wa Muthalika or yet between Joyce Banda and Khumbo Kachale or worst still between Bingu wa Muthalika and Joyce Banda. Malawians can only wait and see.

Ellena Moyo.

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