Malawi: Zikhale Ng’oma Trashes Eiu Report, Says Chakwera Will Scoop 71 Percent in 2025

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Director of Research, Ken Zikhale Ng’oma, has projected that President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera will scoop 71 percent of the total votes to be cast in 2025, trashing a forecast by a United Kingdom (UK)-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

In its latest report, EIU predicted that Chakwera would face a tough ride to retain his seat because of the food and fuel shortages, low foreign exchange reserves, corruption and unemployment.

It adds that the Malawi leader will continue to lead a minority government, with limited support from other members of the governing Tonse Alliance [such as the UTM Party of Vice-President Saulos Chilima and the People’s Party of former president Joyce Banda], owing to infighting about succession issues.

“Joint parliamentary and presidential elections are due in September 2025. At the next polls, Mr. Chakwera and the MCP face probable defeat, as the Tonse Alliance is disintegrating, owing to internal strife,” reads the report in part.

But Zikhale Ng’oma has trashed the report, challenging that Chakwera will win the polls with landslide.

The Homeland Security minister made the sentiments during the Hot Current programme beamed live on Times Television on Sunday, June 2 2023.

He told programme hosts Brian Banda and Jonah Pankuku that the economic problems EIU is citing in its report are a result of the rot and mis-reporting the former governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) made to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“This country was rotten under the DPP. I wonder why you, journalists, are not telling Malawians that our economy is struggling because of that rot, which the DPP government made. And it’s the Chakwera administration that is fixing those problems,” he said.