Governance

NAP asks President Chakwera to urgently appoint Vice President

The National Advocacy Platform (NAP) – a grouping of civil society organizations championing good governance in Malawi – has called for urgency in the appointment of Vice President to ensure the departure of Vice President Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima does not create a vaccum in the presidency.

NAP chairperson Benedicto Kondowe emphasized that, while it is imperative to grieve the tragic death of the departed Vice President, the nation also look to the future.

Kondowe: Let us all support President Chakwera as he makes the choice for the Chilima replacement
Kondowe: Let us all support President Chakwera as he makes the choice for the Chilima replacement

Kondowe, who issued a statement on Tuesday evening, stated that under Sections 84(2) and 88 of the Constitution of Malawi, the President is required to appoint a Vice President within seven days from the date the vacancy arose.

“This is a pivotal moment for our nation,” he said, adding: “NAP urges the President to appoint a Vice President who understands and prioritizes the national interest. This leader should embody the vision and values that Dr. Chilima upheld, ensuring continuity and progress for Malawi. Furthermore, the incoming Vice President must be able to unify the nation and lead us through this period of collective healing.”

Kondowe said although President Chakwera faces significant pressures, his decision must transcend political interests, as the future of the country depends on choosing a capable, dedicated leader committed to our collective goals.

He also called upon stakeholders to support the President in making a wise and patriotic choice.

“Let us unite to ensure the incoming Vice President upholds our constitutional values and steers Malawi toward a prosperous future,” stressed Chakwera.

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