President Mutharika said Chimlirenji is a man of integrity who could help run government affairs in the next five years once given a fresh mandate for the leadership mantle.
“Chimulirenji is an educated person and has served various portfolios such as the Deputy Minister of Defence and now Minister of Civic Education. He is very loyal to the DPP. He has been with the party through thick and thin. That is why I have considered him as my running mate,” he said.
Mutharika, therefore, assured Malawians that he would continue to move the nation from poverty to prosperity for the betterment of its citizenry.
“Prosperity is determined by choices we will make during the elections. It is a time in which we will take Malawi backward or forward, build it or destroy it,” he said.
He added that he would continue with various development programs such as the social cash transfer scheme and public works program to uplift the welfare of ordinary Malawians.
“Besides, I will also make Malawi a prosperous nation by opening new companies, creating jobs for the youth, build more schools and hospitals as well as construct better roads,” Mutharika assured.
The Malawi leader, therefore, appealed to all Malawians to engage in civilized campaign to maintain peace and prosperity in the country.
MEC Chairperson, Justice Dr. Jane Ansah urged political parties including the DPP to promote issue-based campaign, observing that Malawians were tired of politics of castigations.
Ansah added that MEC would continue conducting free, fair and credible elections to the satisfaction of every electoral stakeholder.
Meanwhile, ten presidential candidates have since presented their nomination papers to MEC since the start of the submission of nomination papers by presidential candidates on Monday, February 04 which ended Friday.