Is Atupele Muluzi thinking properly on Malawi’s Second Vice President appointment?

By Frank Kamanga
That the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is in some kind of arrangement with the United Democratic Front (UDF) is well documented.
That President Peter Mutharika can choose to appoint any one to the position of Second Vice President is also well known.
What is surprising is why Mutharika should decide to elevate Atupele Muluzi now after all these years and when there are only just seven months to go before we go to the polls.
Obviously there is a huge and compelling reason why the DPP should take such a drastic decision. Yes, drastic because if appointed, Atupele will be only the second person in the history of multiparty politics in this country since his father, Bakili, appointed Chakufwa Chihana to the same position.
The position has largely been vacant owing to its tricky political relevance and cost implications.
Simply: it is not necessary in the current political and economic context in Malawi to have someone occupy that position.
The political deal which Atupele and his father made with Mutharika has always raised eyebrows and courted controversy (particularly among UDF supports) from the onset because it is bad deal which does not necessarily benefit the UDF as a party.
In fact it has killed UDF because it is largely a personal deal for the Muluzi’s for reasons best known to themselves.
Elevating Atupele now to Second Vice President would not suddenly create benefits to the UDF as a party.
It would actually mean Mutharika has only added a bigger piece in the Muluzi’s plate at the ‘eating’ table as an incentive to hammer the final nail on the UDF’s coffin.
I hope Atupele knows that the deal also means the running-mate position to Mutharika next year is not available to him; it means DPP does not consider him worth of the running-mate position, which may make him Malawi’s Vice President.
It means they think of him as not good enough for a bigger position but a lesser position where he can be fired at the whim of the President.
The DPP is currently under so much political pressure, particularly with the emergence of UTM, and it is fighting in a corner.
It cannot make Atupele running-mate to Mutharika (the position will likely go to Chimunthu Banda from the central region) but it also does not want to watch him go and make any deal with MCP or UTM because that would be its worst nightmare.
But why should Atupele accept a lesser position? Ordinarily, he could simply refuse and demand a higher positing or discharge himself from the political arrangement, but things that look ordinary to a naked eye may not necessarily be ordinary.
Atchetya has always been the main negotiator for this deal and he is the man with the heaviest ton of political baggage which the DPP is exploring or using as a bargaining chip. He is the main albatross around Atupele’s neck.

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Is Atupele Muluzi thinking properly on Malawi’s Second Vice President appointment?

By Frank Kamanga
That the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is in some kind of arrangement with the United Democratic Front (UDF) is well documented.
That President Peter Mutharika can choose to appoint any one to the position of Second Vice President is also well known.
What is surprising is why Mutharika should decide to elevate Atupele Muluzi now after all these years and when there are only just seven months to go before we go to the polls.
Obviously there is a huge and compelling reason why the DPP should take such a drastic decision. Yes, drastic because if appointed, Atupele will be only the second person in the history of multiparty politics in this country since his father, Bakili, appointed Chakufwa Chihana to the same position.
The position has largely been vacant owing to its tricky political relevance and cost implications.
Simply: it is not necessary in the current political and economic context in Malawi to have someone occupy that position.
The political deal which Atupele and his father made with Mutharika has always raised eyebrows and courted controversy (particularly among UDF supports) from the onset because it is bad deal which does not necessarily benefit the UDF as a party.
In fact it has killed UDF because it is largely a personal deal for the Muluzi’s for reasons best known to themselves.
Elevating Atupele now to Second Vice President would not suddenly create benefits to the UDF as a party.
It would actually mean Mutharika has only added a bigger piece in the Muluzi’s plate at the ‘eating’ table as an incentive to hammer the final nail on the UDF’s coffin.
I hope Atupele knows that the deal also means the running-mate position to Mutharika next year is not available to him; it means DPP does not consider him worth of the running-mate position, which may make him Malawi’s Vice President.
It means they think of him as not good enough for a bigger position but a lesser position where he can be fired at the whim of the President.
The DPP is currently under so much political pressure, particularly with the emergence of UTM, and it is fighting in a corner.
It cannot make Atupele running-mate to Mutharika (the position will likely go to Chimunthu Banda from the central region) but it also does not want to watch him go and make any deal with MCP or UTM because that would be its worst nightmare.
But why should Atupele accept a lesser position? Ordinarily, he could simply refuse and demand a higher positing or discharge himself from the political arrangement, but things that look ordinary to a naked eye may not necessarily be ordinary.
Atchetya has always been the main negotiator for this deal and he is the man with the heaviest ton of political baggage which the DPP is exploring or using as a bargaining chip. He is the main albatross around Atupele’s neck.

Disclaimer: Views expressed in this article are not necessarily the views of the Publisher or the Editor of Maravi Post

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Fabiano says Malawi President Peter Mutharika will leave Friday for UNGA

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Lilongwe, September 19, 2018: President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika leaves Friday for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York in the United States of America.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano, disclosed this at a press briefing Tuesday morning at Capital Hill in Lilongwe.

Fabiano said the President will be accompanied by Six Cabinet Ministers from Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare (Dr. Jean Kalilani); Health and Population (Atupele Muluzi); Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development (Francis Kasaila); Home Affairs and Internal Security (Cecilia Chazama); Defence (Everton Chimulirenji) and himself representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

He said all the six ministers will play a crucial role in attending various meetings together with the President and also in their own right representing Malawi for the benefit of the nation.

UN General Secretary, Antonio Guterres, officially opened the 73rd UNGA on Tuesday. However, the General Debate, a session during which Heads of Delegation present their Governments’ views through National statements on any item before the Assembly, will be held from 25th September to 5th October, 2018.

He said the theme for this year’s General Debate is “Making the United Nations Relevant to all people: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.”

Fabiano described the 73rd UNGA as a very important meeting that is crucial to Malawi’s development aspirations.

“At a time when the country is experiencing rapid economic growth, it is the expectation of the Malawi Government that the trip to New York, USA, will tap the much-needed resources to further move forward the development aspirations for Malawi,” said Fabiano.

He added that this will be achieved through His Excellency the President’s meeting with other world leaders and development partners through a number of meetings. The UNGA 73 will also accord an opportunity to Malawi as a nation to lobby for more investors to come to Malawi and contribute to socio-economic development of the nation.

Apart from the prepared agenda of the UNGA that includes the President’s address of the General Assembly on the afternoon of 25th September, President Mutharika will also attend a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings that include the High Level Meeting on Global Peace (Nelson Mandela Peace Summit), the United Nations Private Sector Forum, Launch of the Young People’s Agenda (UNICEF), HeforShe Impact Summit, High level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Fight Against Tuberculosis, and the High Level Panel on Migration and Structural Transformation in Africa among other meetings.

The minister further disclosed that the President will co-host the UN International Commission on Financial Global Education Opportunity with former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.

According to Fabiano, ‘A Leader’s statement will be issued at the end of the High-Level meeting adding that His Excellency the President as Champion on Education will utilize the opportunity to highlight the Government’s efforts in improving education in the country and seek international support in ensuring that all children are afforded an opportunity to good education and a bright future.’

Fabiano added that “every opportunity will be taken to enhance Malawi’s current international cooperation with various partners in a bid to support the country’s development efforts.

In response to media queries about the cost and full delegation list, the minister said each ministry uses own funds and comes up with their own officers to attend the UNGA depending on requirements, referring the media to respective ministries for more details.

The UNGA is one of the six principal organs of the UN, the only one in which all member nations have equal representation, and the main deliberative, policy-making and representative organ of the UN. Its powers are to oversee the budget of the UN, appoint the non-permanent members to the Security Council, appoint the Secretary-General of the United Nations, receive reports from other parts of the UN and make recommendations in the form of General Assembly Resolutions and meets once every year during this

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Malawi could treat most medical referral cases no need to go to India — High Commissioner

Indian High Commissioner to Malawi, Suresh Kumar Menon said 40 per cent of Malawian patients sent for treatment in India would have been treated in the country  if the public hospitals had adequate medical equipment...

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Mzuzu Central Hospital gets new medical equipement: Muluzi says Malawi govt to develop maintenance plan

Minister of Health and Population, Atupele Muluzi  has said government  will soon develop medical equipment maintenance plan to ensure that the equipment is always up-to date and lasts long, thereby addressing some of the challenges...

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Malawi’s disease burden, govt dealing with a health crisis: Minister Muluzi launches report on NCDI

Minister of Health and Population, Atupele Muluzi said his ministry was aware of the rise in non-communicable diseases in the country when he launched Non-communicable Diseases and Injuries (NCDI) and Poverty report in Lilongwe on...

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Minister Muluzi says K5bn set aside for recruitment of medical personnel: Malawi govt to improve health system

Minister of Health  Atupele Muluzi has said government  has set aside K5 billion for the recruitment of additional medical personnel in public health facilities in the country  this year and that they are determined to...

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