Chilima proposes getting rid of running mates

Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima has suggested constitutional changes for presidential candidates to run without a running-mate in an election as a way to address poor relations between the offices of the President and Vice President in the country.

He says living the office of vice president as a delegated office has not helped.

Chilima was speaking in an interview with Voice of America on Monday in the United States of America where he is on a private trip.

Chilima with some Malawians in USA

“You cannot have someone in an office that is waiting to have somebody’s generosity or benevolence for you to do your job.

“In any event, the president and the vice president go on the same ticket at the time of election, so we must not allow a situation where one all of a sudden starts to behave as if they are more important than the other.

“Otherwise we must change the constitution and have no running-mate; everybody must win on their own, appoint the vice and fire them as you wish,” he said.

In June 2018, Chilima dumped the governing Democratic Progressive Party and formed UTM after his relationship with President Peter Mutharika turned sour.

He will compete with his boss at the ballot on May 21 for presidency.

Almost all presidents and their vices in the country have had bad relations especially when elections draw nearer.

Also speaking to Voice of America , Chilima took time to call upon peace in Zimbabwe where violence has erupted to increase in the fuel price