As calls for the country’s Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima to represent the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the forthcoming polls continue, the party has said it will not force Chilima to speak on the matter.

The whole issue was started by former first lady Callista Mutharika who publicly rejected President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika’s candidature, saying his in-law is too old to rule the country again.

Callista instead endorsed Chilima as the only hope for Malawi and the ruling DPP.

The calls were backed by DPP’s youth director Louis Ngalande, Mulanje Member of Parliament Bon Kalindo and Blantyre City South MP Allan Ngumuya.

As this was not enough, Malawians took the issue to the social media backing Chilima to be the party’s torchbearer in the forthcoming polls.

Although this was the case, Chilima kept his tongue despite calls for him to say something on the matter.

When pressed as to whether the part will force Chilima to say something on the matter, DPP Spokesperson Francis Kasaila said that will not happen.

“Each and every human being has freedom of speech and as the party which believes in democracy we will not force Chilima to say something on the matter,” said Kasaila.

Meanwhile debate continues on the matter.

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