DPP-UDF ‘gentleman’s agreement’ broken in by-elections

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has broken the agreed modality with its political ally United Democratic Front (UDF) on how to feature candidates in the August 25 Local Government by-elections.

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The by-elections are taking place in five wards of Khwawa in Karonga, Chibanja in Mzuzu, Msikisi in Mangochi, Zomba Central in Zomba City and Luchenza in Thyolo.

Initially, two bedfellows have agreed that DPP will not feature a candidate in Mangochi and will instead support the UDF candidate, while in Zomba; DPP will feature a candidate who the UDF will support.

As a result DPP reportedly withdrew its candidates from Msikisi Ward in Mangochi the same way UDF did in Zomba, Luchenza and other areas.

DPP director of elections, Kondwani Nankhumwa is on record saying the arrangement was “gentlemen’s agreement.”

During presentation of nomination papers on Tuesday, UDF supporters were shocked to see a DPP candidate who had reportedly declared withdrawal earlier in respect of party alliance agreement submitting papers to MEC.

The candidate was escorted by some few party loyalists but after submitting the nomination papers the candidate wore a DPP T-shirt and a scarf. He was cheered by DPP supporters singing pro-DPP songs and taunting UDF.

DPP Secretary General Ekileni Kudontoni insisted the party is not backing any candidate in Mangochi.

“DPP is out of Mangochi race. It’s a UDF candidate contesting there,” said Kudontoni.

But out to him of the candidate who has presented his nomination papers, Kudontoni said “Not under DPP ticket. We will look into that.”

UDF Spokesperson Ken Ndanga expressed disappointment with the development saying DPP  honoured the agreement as it were  but that they party cannot control its members who has decided to go as an independent.

“When we looked at the election pattern, the DPP and UDF had discussion on how the two parties are going to approach these elections and through the discussions we agreed that the DPP will not be fielding candidates in Mangochi and that UDF will also not field a candidate in a ward in Zomba”, said Ndanga.

There are reports about cracks emerging in the DPP-UDF alliance with some DPP top brass working to frustrate the alliance with a feeling that political positions and opportunities may be snatched by their alliance rivals in UDF.

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31 thoughts on “DPP-UDF ‘gentleman’s agreement’ broken in by-elections”

  1. David Dinala ku Bt says:

    simunati a udf akuseweretsani heavy mumasewera ndi ma mafia mbava zenizeni musova

  2. Mercy k says:

    This what we call politics

  3. jabulani says:

    Achawa sadzadzuka mpaka Yesu adzawapeza ali mtulo tofa nato. Vuto ndikusaphunzira ndiye kuganiza kumakhala koperewera. Dolo ndi Lucius basi ena onse phala lodya baby….a dooooo, kuzolowela kuwedza nsomba.

  4. Moya weniweni says:

    I was there when this independent candidate presented his nomination papers and he was indeed the man of that day coz he had thousands of supporters who escorted him than any other candidate including that UDF candidate. Koma sindinamuwone atavala DPP t-shirt but black suit mwina mukati za scalf he really waved blue scalf to his supporters koma he has the right to stand as an independent. Inunso a DPP mukangoluza candidate ameneyu ndiye kuti mwatayanso gold ya ndale pa Mangochi chifukwa he seems to be loved my many osati UDF candidate.

  5. nkasimunguya chinankasanganye says:

    We yaos are not mbuli Atupele and his Dadie are. They dont want to relearnt on what bingu did to UDF some time back. Uyisova- mchiyambi chabe.

  6. Muwalo says:

    Kodi nkhani yavutapo ndiyakuyima kwa Wellington Mangulenje? Kodi mmayesa iye wayima as an independent so why is it that UDF seems to be under panic to the extent of calling Atupele to come fight this young lad. Mumayenda mmbali muziziwa ndale za DPP achawa inu mukuwona ngati Professor ndi Chilima ndi opusa eti. Bolani tisamvepo zoti Wellington yu wanyongedwa like Late Kalonga Stambuli paja UDF siyichedwesapo zikafika potelopa. Kaya tiyeni nazoni ife tili phe kuwonera.

  7. angoni apaphata says:

    Tulo midyomba

  8. Jelbin mk says:

    If the governance pact is being ignored in only five or less wards what will happen in a national elections? Atupele watch out these dpp guys can not be trusted, don’t tomorrow say say I didn’t warn you when things go wrong.

  9. Dumia says:

    Zopusa basi

  10. Ndilibe navo ntchitooo!

  11. midyomba kuputsa heavy dikilani muwadziwa alhomwe ngati anapusitsa tcheya what more Atupele mkachiyani tikambwambwanisanso inu pheeeee

  12. Nancholi says:

    Achawa kupepela

  13. Beast Msonda says:

    Divide and rule strategy. Akuti there are reports about cracks emerging in UDF-DPP alliance. Where are those cracks? We know that this alliance frustrates and beats you twice down and you really wish you could see it breaking. But trust me, it will never happen. You don’t know what is behind this alliance. This alliance will score 10/10 in 2019 while you will score 0/10.

  14. Telling the Truth says:

    The once mighty party of UDF is now just a shadow of its past. It has no voice in Parliament and outside. Is Atupele going to campaign in 2018? What is it that he is going to be telling Malawians? Whenever Atupele speaks now it is just to praise Peter Mutharika. For this country to transform it needs people such as Chilima.

  15. here is a list of words similar to “politics”

  16. ibrahim makwati says:

    kwasala zaka ziwiri kuzakhala kulibe UDF ikumwalira pang’ono ndi pang’ono kenako izasala zinalokha

  17. Kanthu Ako!! says:

    Is it me? Or has the thinking of Malawians gone so low that they contradict themselves all the time?

    The UDF spokes person called Ndanga, clearly says, the person in question registered as an independent. His complaint is,DPP should have controlled him. Really?

    So it is OK for DPP to control people not to stand as independents?

    And the comments on this page, so telling of the calibre of people Malawi has. How can you on one hand cry for freedom of this and freedom of that, and you want at the same time a political party to control someone not to stand.

    Many people in this country use party regalia as their normal clothes, Go into the villages and see how many women have party cloth, some even use them as toilet doors, are all those people supporters?

    We Malawians must admit we are so primitive, we can not think beyond party colours.


  18. vwapalala says:

    ndizo ndale zimenezo, zoloweranani. kkkkkkkkk

  19. Ineyo says:

    Fact of the matter is UDF is being stupid in all this. Agreeing to support DPP in parliament and settling for just one ministerial post, agreeing to withdraw candidates in many wards and bargains for only one ward of which tgey are also being snatched. I call it stupid

  20. Mathanyula Peter says:

    Tiyeni nazo. Zioneka zokha. Mbava zokha zokha kulimbirana timipando ta khansala. za ziiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Christopher says:

    Its not the first time that DPP has cheated on UDF It started with Bingu himself when he snubbed a tcheya. Atupele knows this and he deliberately joined Authur Munthalika thinking he is a different person. Mpheche mpheche mwa njovu sapitamo kawiri m’mbale. Alomwewa amakuwonani kupusa

  22. Che BIKILONI says:

    Izi ndiye zivuta posachedwapa. Band igawana zida.

  23. Nachipanti says:

    Mudasankha nokha kuweta njoka…kkkkkk Mudasankha olakwika

  24. king yello says:

    This is about self interest, how can u expect two parties merged in the assembly after elections could serve a single purpose? Its obvious that there would b conflict of interests as such, more cracks would be evident and possibly lead to the demise of this alliance. Snakes in the eagle shadow, we r there monitoring the progress of the so called DPP-UDF Alliance

  25. mmm says:

    Zoonadi kuti sukulu sichotsa uchitsiru. Kumphunzira konse kuja Atupele is still an imbecile. Pacting with this party of killers, rubbish.
    UDF HAS NO VISION just as his father Eleson had no vision when he picked useless Bingu and brought to the political scene visionless Pitala.
    Bambo ake sanapite ku sukulu, mwana anapita, koma onse alibe nzeru.

  26. Nyama Banda says:

    Achawa tulo angokugwiritsani ntchito ngati Kondomu omwewo adakupherani njaunju tulo achawa watch your move

  27. chigumula says:

    UDF & your baby president dont cry. The nation warned you, but you did not to listen. You made your bed, you must lay on it!
    Chosamva anachiphikira mmsamba!

  28. Aimed at says:

    Njoka saweta! It cannot and will never work…. Muluzi elder cannot lose twice!

  29. anadimba says:

    dyera akuluakuluwa ovutika ndimasapotanu mukapatsidwaka five hunds munthu kudzipenta nkhope kukhala wablue mukazadwala khansa sazakusamalaninso ai. Koma umphawiwu,opanira mphika ali chete tingovutika.

  30. Njoka saweka at work! Kkkkkkkkkk njoka nde Muluziyo kkkkkk

  31. Mbanangwa says:

    This is a trivial matter, sort it out. Councillors will not make any meaningful contributions in the mentioned areas.

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