Aford-UTM electoral courtship intact — Chihana

Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) says its electoral working alliance with UTM ahead of the May 21 tripartite polls is still intact despite their counterparts—People’s Party (PP) and Tikonze Alliance—pulling out of the same.

Vice President Saulos Chilima being treated by Aford legislator Frank Mwenifumbo

PP’s president Joyce Banda announced to have withdrawn from the UTM-PP alliance citing that UTM “failed to comply with the terms of agreement and the spirit of solidarity”, according to a statement signed by the party’s national publicist Ackson Kalaile Banda.

Hours later former state vice president and Tikonze Alliance leader, Cassim Chilumpha, also announced not being part of the alliance—also citing flaws in the manner the discussions were being conducted.

According to Chilumpha,  one of the issues that became contentious was that of running-mate.

“That is why I did not sign the agreement,” said Chilumpha, who also said the Tikonze Alliance will be presenting their nomination papers on Thursday.

But AFORD president, Enoch Chihana, told Nyasa Times  Monday evening that his party was proceeding with the alliance.

“We are proceeding. AFORD is an independent party; and, therefore does not have to go the way other parties go. We are still in an alliance with UTM,” said Chihana.

He said the party’s national executive council (NEC) has given him the mandate to proceed with the alliance and that he would not go against NEC resolutions.

“It does not mean that we have dissolved AFORD; rather, we have endorsed [Saulos] Chilima as our presidential candidate on the ballot come May 21,” he said.

Meanwhile, all the major competing parties, including the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), are still mum on the subject of a running-mate.

 

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JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
2 years ago

Kuphatikizana ndi AFORD ndiye ungodziwa kuti kotsutsa komwe ukakhalenso ndi mipando inayi yokha ndi komwe ukakhale after chisankho.

Kelly Norman
Kelly Norman
2 years ago

Mhhh ankadziwa nndani kuti UTM ingafike apa abale.

Flora Chawinga
Flora Chawinga
2 years ago
Reply to  Kelly Norman

kkkkk zayambapo kodi amasesa mnyumba alendo atafika kale? Nthawi yonse amatani osapezeratu odzaima naye. UTM tsegukani mmaso

JOB
JOB
2 years ago

good move Aford,,,,

Mwinzaweka
Mwinzaweka
2 years ago
Reply to  JOB

Goood

POOR MAN FEEL IT
POOR MAN FEEL IT
2 years ago

INUNSO A CHILIMA NOKHA PZDENT KOMANSO CHIPANICHOMWE MUIKEKONSO VICE AAAAAAAA AMATELO ZIYAMBILATU KUZIKONDA

Mtenzi Mzungu
Mtenzi Mzungu
2 years ago

Will you add any impact braza? Katungwe ndi kukankhans

APM
APM
2 years ago

It’s good that these “very small parties” come together and mould themselves into a Burger so the MCP should swallow them with ease. The LORD is disturbing the enemy deliberately for the benefit of His servant, Lazarous Chakwera, the only hope for a better Malawi.

chimanga
2 years ago

Typical of Chihana…….hoping for u laning’í meti. Ukhaula uona

BigMan
BigMan
2 years ago

Let the games begin. This election will be won by the leader that can win independent voters. The days of party ‘owners’ wanting to impose their children on the Malawi nation regardless of capacity of those children is over.

Put country first.

Truth Pains
2 years ago

Thats maturity Chihana, avoid imposing yourself to any position in an alliance like mama JB did.
You might have followers but lacking leadership style thats why a leader with Vision like SKC does not fall on your followers when he want to put you in position but he looks at your capacity to lead and the quality you possess.

SKC is the type of a leader we want in Malawi now. Choose the right people in key positions and don’t be pushed. U got my Vote Youngman for your leadership character you have just demonstrated.

Mateyu salijeni
2 years ago

Dont vote for selfish leaders with selfish motives please !!

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