7 August 2016 Last updated at: 3:07 PM

Chiumia declares Mutharika life president

Only two years into his five year term, President Peter Mutharika has been declared life president of Malawi by one of his ministers.

Speaking during a Mulhakho wa Alhomwe fundraising dinner in Lilongwe on Friday, Minister of Sports and Culture Grace Obama Chiumia referred to Mutharika as the life president of Malawi.

Grace Chiumia

Chiumia: Mutharika is life president

Mutharika who was guest of honour at the event seemed to have accepted the tag as he did not dispute it.

The 76 year-old president has always maintained that he will stand for another term during the 2019 elections even though other reports claim that the Malawi leader is repositioning minister of Agriculture George Chaponda as his successor.

In the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Chaponda will likely face competition from other members such as Henry Mussa and Mutharika’s long-time aide Ben Phiri who reportedly also want the presidency.

However, many members of the DPP and other government officials have been urging Mutharika to continue as President, not least his Advisor on National Unity Vuwa Kaunda who said recently that Mutharika will remain president of Malawi since he would win even if elections were to be held today.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Church has condemned Chiumia’s remarks as retrogressive saying such comments create dictatorships.

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