Vice President Saulos Chilima might be in a relationship with Peter Mutharika like the one that Joyce Banda had with Bingu wa Mutharika in their last days.
A social commentator has said that the signs are clear that the Vice President does not fit in the set-up of the ruling party and was only used as a bait for votes in the 2019 elections.
“There is nowhere where you see him in the DPP set-up,” said Felix Unyolo, the commentator.
Unyolo’s remarks came after the Vice President was absent at a political rally that Mutharika addressed in Mulanje on Saturday.
“Chilima might have been busy or might not have been busy but it is clear that he is not a part of the party. His place has been filled by George Chaponda,” said Unyolo.
At the rally, Chaponda rose to address the crowd. His remarks were usually off the mark with him spending time to tell the crowd that gathered and Malawians watching at home or listening that the President was a Professor and therefore not supposed to be ridiculed by newspapers.
“Many people do not know the President. So, I am here to let you know the President. Do you know the President is a Professor? He is a real Professor not a bogus one,” said Chaponda.
Chaponda then thanked the President for giving him a ministerial position.
Unyolo says all the appearance of Chaponda at the rally and being given a special slot to address the crowd is a message from Mutharika to his Deputy that he does not see him as one of the blue party.
“That is a strong statement, in normal cases Chilima had to be there and be tasked with calling upon the President to address the crowd but here he is nowhere to be seen. I do not see his political career with the DPP after 2019 elections unless something happens,” said Unyolo.
The Vice President has been quoted in the media dismissing claims that the relationship between him and the President were bad.
“The relationship might be good as he claims but the issue is that the Party has not welcomed him, that says a lot than his claims that the relationship is good,” said Unyolo.