PP on deadbed, claims UDF : Malawi opposition fall-out

United Democratic Front (UDF) spokesman Ken Ndanga has said the People’s Party (PP) led by former president Joyce Banda is on its death bed .

Ndanga: PP is on political death bed

Ndanga: PP is on political death bed

Msonda:  We planned elections protests which were cancelled

Msonda: We planned elections protests which were cancelled

Malawians on Thursday woke up to the news of opposition parties accusing each other on how they were supposed to react together over the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)’s handling of the May 20, tripartite elections.

The Daily Times wrote that UDF)and PP attacked each other over disagreements on how they could have reacted together over the MEC’s handling of the past elections.

PP spokesperson Ken Msonda disclosed that his party, UDF and the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) wanted to take to the streets to show their discontent with how the MEC had handled the election impasse.

He said there was silence from the two parties and accused them of having been swallowed up by ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Msonda claimed that the two opposition parties are working with DPP and that Malawians have lost trust in them.

But Ndanga dismissed Msonda’s allegations as untrue and urged Malawians to treat them as a sign of despair and reminiscent of a political organisation that is grappling with realities of losing election.

Ndanga clarifies that the party president Atupele Muluzi – currentl;y serving in President Peter Mutharika’s cabinet – convened a new conference “to express the party misgivings during the voting process of the May 20 2014 elections. He asked the Electoral Commission to provide results sheets to party monitors as required by law. He went further to ask the Electoral Commission chairperson to resign if the Commission failed to do so.

“Following this press conference the EC started releasing some results sheets which were discovered to have massive mathematical errors. One would wonder if this is the same as organising chaos as is being alleged by the Peoples Party.”

Ndanga said  Malawians should treat allegations by PP “ as a sign of despair and reminiscent of a political organisation that is grappling with the realities of losing an election.”

He added: “It would do the party good and concentrate on conducting a postmortem of the elections and accept that they lost the elections. UDF as a party is not prepared to wage unnecessary war against a political party that is already on its death bed because that is not in the interest of its membership.”

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