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VP snubs pro-Chilima movement: DPP responds

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Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima has distanced himself from the so called Chilima Movement saying he did not sanction their operations.

Chilima: They were speaking on their own Chilima: They were speaking on their own

The group, comprising of some notable Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members such as Callista Mutharika, Patricia Kaliati, Noel Masangwi, Allan Ngumuya and Bon Kalindo, has been calling for Chilima to be the party's presidential candidate in 2019.


But briefing the media at his Capital Hill office in Lilongwe on Wednesday, Chilima said the group has been calling for his candidature on its own without consulting him.

"I was never part of their movement," said Chilima.

The Vice President has since announced that he is not contesting on any position in the forth coming DPP convention.

Meanwhile, Chilima has hailed President Arthur Peter Mutharika, describing him as an abled leader.

He said since 2014, his working relationship with President Mutharika has been cordial and hoped to remain so in the remaining months

On its part, DPP feels vindicated that Chilima himself has not been part of the movement to challenge Mutharika for the presidential candidacy.

DPP Spokesperson Francis Kasaila told a local newspaper on Thursday that that those involved in the Chilima Movement were voicing their personal opinions.

“We respect his decision not to contest. We have always argued that the person involved [Chilima] had never made any decision over the calls to contest. The people that were spreading this issue were voicing their personal wishes,” he said.

Kasaila added that Chilima’s decision was an indication that there were no divisions in the party.

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