Malawians have applauded the State Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima for dumping the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) under President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika.
On Wednesday Chilima dropped a choker in the capital Lilongwe when he openly said he will soon leaving the ruling DPP.
Chilima also declared that he will not challenge President Mutharika at the party’s convention scheduled for this month.
The decision taken by Chilima attracted mixed reactions with many applauding him for quitting the party which embroiled with corruption scandals.
Writing on facebook one of the concerned citizen identified as Blessings Ben Ngaunje said: “We are in a democratic country so leaving DPP is his choice to make and it’s a right one. With the condition in the party one has to step down and watch from a far what’s next move rather than forcing things/membership for selfish reasons as many are doing in the party. That shows how ready he is to make decisions on his own as a leader.”
Another citizen identified as Douglas Khofi wrote: “What do you expect from a man who has been sidelined for a long time. His political future remains intact and I propose that in the future, those appointed as VPs should sign a memorandum of understanding with their presidents. We are tired of this nosense of being used and dumped!
“This man had a good job and was happy but was coaxed to join politics only to be abused. He is a man of vision and worth a leader but he lacks a good chance to prove it. Wa pakaliyala saimba belu. He has a future if he plays his cards well.”
On his part Jack Kavala said: “He’s done well because he doesn’t like corruption and dpp is the most corrupt party. According to his speech, i guess his future plans are to form his own party or to go ahead with the CHILIMA MOVEMENT.”
Concurring with Kavala’s remarks Mwana Wa Catherine Ngalande said: “What a brave step Dr Chilima has made, we need leaders like him in malawi, let him join and support a party he feels has leaders like him, but for him to form a new party i feel its too late now.”
Meanwhile Chilima is yet to take next move in politics.