Members of the Chilima movement are shunning the 1st July, 2018 Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) elective convention saying they no longer belong to the party.
Saulos Chilima, who is Malawi’s Vice President, also announced at a press conference in Lilongwe recently that he will not contest in any position.
This was in response to calls for him to challenge his boss President Mutharika at the DPP convention.
Speaking to Capital FM, a member of the movement Bon Kalindo says they are focusing on campaigning and putting up structures on the ground so that Chilima wins the 2019 tripartite elections.
Kalindo has since wished the DPP well in its convention, declaring that he and other key members of the ruling DPP who are pro-Chilima are no longer members of the DPP National Governing Council (NGC) because their mandate expired.
Members who were in the DPP NGC and are now pro-Chilima include Kalindo himself, Louis Ngalande, Patricia Kaliati and Noel Masangwi among others.
Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima is expected to finally break his silence on his political ambitions at a press conference set to take place tomorrow.
Chilima is at the centre of a wrangle in the Democratic Progressive Party-DPP, over who should be the party’s torch bearer in next year’s polls.
Some members of the party want him to represent the party next year, while others want the incumbent President Mutharika to seek a second term of office.
Former first lady Callista Mutharika was the one who first brought up the possibility of Chilima being the DPP torch bearer, and several other members have come up to endorse him for the position.
The Vice President himself however, has not commented on the matter.
His spokesperson Pilirani Phiri has told the media that Chilima will address what he calls “recent political developments”, at the conference to be held tomorrow morning in the capital Lilongwe.