Nnensa to lead Tisintha Alliance, chooses Chabuka as running-mate

Six political parties, which have teamed up to form Tisintha Alliance have endorsed George Nnensa to be its presidential candidate for the May 20th tripartite elections.

According to alliance’s publicity office, Nnensa, president for Malawi Forum for Unity and Development (Mafunde), will be partnered by Sylvester Chabuka as his running-mate.

The grouping has since appointed Martin Chilupsya as its Publicist.

Nnesa and Tisintha alliance members

Nnesa and Tisintha alliance members

However, Malawi Electoral Commission is yet to allocate a date and time when it will present its nomination papers as its earlier allocated date was given to Friday  Jumbe’s New Labour Party.

Seven parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday last week but one of them, New Labour Party (NLP) owned by former Minister of Finance, Friday Jumbe pulled out of the coalition due to  what it claimed was pressure from party supporters.

Initially, the parties were supposed to be eight, but the Alliance for Democracy (Aford)  which had  internal problems left the group.

Parties remaining in the alliance are New Republican Party (NRP), Republican Party (RP), Congress for National Unity (Conu), Malawi Democratic Party (MDP) and National Unity Party (NUP) as well as Mafunde.

Despite political commentators doubting the impact of Tisintha Alliance, Nnensa told the media recently the grouping was hopeful to beat the just over 30 percent votes the winning president got in the 2004 elections.

Nnensa dismissed suggestions that the alliance is a grouping of small parties, arguing there is nothing like small or big parties in politics.

The alliance is based on a union started by 14 opposition parties in 2011 but others, including the now governing People’s Party (PP) of President Joyce Banda, pulled out.

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