APM dismisses Chilima's influence in 2014 poll win

Written by  Erah Pinifolo - Kasungu MEC Stringer

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has dismissed claims that he won 2014 elections due to the influence of Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima.

People in Kasungu welcome President Mutharika People in Kasungu welcome President Mutharika

Chilima made the claim at a recent political rally in Dedza where he claimed that President Mutharika won the elections due to his presence on a ballot paper.

Speaking during a whistle stop tour in Kasungu on his way to Mzuzu, Professor Mutharika said Chilima only came into fold two months to the elections and only participated in the campaign in two districts of Mchinji and Lilongwe.

President Mutharika said the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won because of the strong and proper laid structured on the ground ahead of the 2014 polls.

“There was a committee that was chosen and 15 people were shortlisted for the Vice Presidency post and we decided to pick someone from the private sector and Chilima joined us 60 days before the polls so what kind of influence is he referring to in those 60 days?” wondered President Mutharika.

President Mutharika thanked the people of Kasungu for taking their time to come and greet him while he made a brief stop on his way to Mzuzu.

"Other political parties warned me about making this stop saying that they own Kasungu and that no one will welcome me but am really impressed as you still have trust in me and DPP," said Mutharika.

President Mutharika then assured people of his commitment to develop the country and ending poverty through programmes such as Social Cash Transfer and the Malata-Cement subsidy initiative.

Senior Chief Kaomba, in his remarks commended, Mutharika for developing the district but urged the President to assist households affected by hunger which has struck Kasungu.

"As a district, Kasungu is facing water shortages due to poor rains and we hope government is going to address the problem as soon as possible," said Kaomba.

President Professor Peter Mutharika is in the Nothern region of Malawi on official duty and among other duties, the Malawi leader is expected to attend a graduation ceremony of the University of Livingstonia on Saturday at Mzuzu Stadium.

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