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Lazarus Chakwera dares Peter Mutharika to political debate

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Malawi Congress Party leader Lazarus Chakwera, who is also Tonse Alliance presidential candidate in the forthcoming presidential election, has challenged President Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party and United Democratic Front Alliance to a political debate.

Speaking during a political rally he held at Kapiri in Mchinji Sunday, Chakwera said the issue-based debate would help Malawians choose a better leader in the fresh election.

The June 23 presidential poll will pit Mutharika against Chakwera and Peter Kuwani of the Mbakuwaku Movement for Development.

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“By the way where is Mutharika? How I wish a political debate was organised for us to express our development agenda to Malawians,” Chakwera charged.

He also said Tonse Alliance will unlock jobs for the youth and also promised zero tax for all employees earning less than K100,000 per month.

Mutharika was last seen in public some two weeks ago when he presented his nomination papers to Malawi Electoral Commission in Blantyre.

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Since then, only his running mate, Atupele Muluzi, has been doing the campaign for the alliance. Last week, Mutharika’s wife Getrude was seen on the campaign trail in Zomba and Balaka districts.

Last year, Mutharika did not show up during a presidential debate organised by Media Institute of Southern Africa Malawi Chapter.

Presidential spokesperson, Mgeme Kalilani, was not immediately available for comment Sunday.

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