Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima has announced that he will not contest for any position at the forthcoming Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) elective national convention.
Chilima also announced at a press conference at his office at Capitol Hill in Lilongwe on Wednesday that he is leaving the party.
“I will follow the procedure and eventually leave the DPP. My decision has been made so that I don’t want to be seen to be causing confusion in the DPP,” he added.
Chilima has called for action on rampant corruption and nepotism in the DPP administration.
The vice president nonetheless wished the party well while thanking President Peter Mutharika for entrusting him with the position of vice president.
The veep said he will soon announce his next move ahead of the 2019 tripartite elections.
“In few weeks’ time I will announce my political future, whether I will contest on the presidency in the elections,”
He dispelled assertions that the move may disappoint members of the so-called Chilima Movement saying the membership was in a better position to comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, one of the members of the movement Patricia Kaliati has welcomed the decision but she said she will announce later whether she will continue to be a DPP member.
The Democratic Progressive Party is expected to hold its elective national convention this month.