Analysts tip UTM-MCP to harmonise their manifesto: Alliance launches   in Lilongwe

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM are launching the electoral alliance they have formed in preparation for the forthcoming fresh presidential election slated for May 19, 2020  as  governance and political analysts have urged leaders to harmonise their party manifestos.

Before the signing ceremony, MCP and UTM supporters marched from the Civo Stadium to Kamuzu Institute of Sports
Before the signing ceremony, MCP and UTM supporters marched from the Civo Stadium to Kamuzu Institute of Sports
 MCP first deputy president Sidik Mia waves to the crowd gathered at Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe where UTM and MCP are expected to hold signing ceremony for their electoral alliance
Callista Mutharika at the venue of the rally
Sidik Mia look alike Mr Tridad at the venue for the launch

UTM Party president Saulos Chilima and MCP presidential hopeful Lazraus Chakwera together with leaders of six other parties will sign the alliance agreement  and  unveil who will be the torchbearer for the alliance.

Before the signing ceremony, MCP and UTM supporters  have been  marching  from the Civo Stadium to Kamuzu Institute of Sports where political party leaders will address supporters.

MCP and UTM party spokesperson said the  leaders will be making a solemn pledge to Malawians.

After the launch, MCP and UTM will be holding joint rallies to present to the nation their alliance vision and a concrete plan for a developed, progressive and united Malawi  that citizens  can all be proud of, with a firm commitment to all Malawians on how, together, they will build on the solid foundations laid to take Malawi to the next level.

Governance and political analyst Henry Chingaipe has said  it will be  important to get policy and programme coherence in the alliance.

“If this alliance should win, Malawians will want to see one cohesive government not two political parties pulling things in different directions,” Chingaipe said.

Adding his voice, another governance analyst Makhumbo Munthali said failure to harmonise their manifestos is recipe for disaster especially when they are in government.

“I would suggest  they engage an expert to facilitate an honest conversation and review of their two manifesto and then allow them to prioritise what they would collectively do in the first five years. And they produce  a working joint document or manifesto which shoud be used throughout the campaign,” said Munthali.

He pointed out that while UTM and MCP have some similarities they also have some differences on certain issues.

“Otherwise I don’t think the two manifestos should be implemented wholesome,” he said.

Munthali said it is critical that beside  hem simply agreeing to go into alliance to dislodge DPP, they must also be clear on the policy direction they want to take Malawi forward.

“This requires them to soberly review their  2019 manifesto and prioritise the key issues that they want to champion during and beyond fresh election.

“Such a harmonisation would ensure there are no contradictions in the delivery of campaign messages. It would also help in managing expectations by supporters from both parties,” said Munthali.

He said the harmonised 2020 MCP-UTM document would also act as a “social accountability” tool which the citizens would use later – if they win the election – to hold them accountable.

The governance analyst also said the harmonised manifesto should also apply to governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) electoral alliance.

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Patricio Nkombwa
Patricio Nkombwa
8 months ago

Unity has never failed if done for good reasons! What we all witnessed yesterday is a good example. Malawi has stagnated for too long; we need to move forward!!!

Koko
Koko
8 months ago

No announcement on who is to lead alliance. Manifesto not harmonised. Guys, you are not serious.

Malawi belong to the citizens

Munthalika should know China chilichonse chowuluka chimatera.The job for the soldiers is to protect the country from people like Munthalika Who doesn’t know the meaning of democracy and human rights in multiparty country.The job of the police is to keep order not to stop democracy and multipartyism.Munthalika is practicing 1939 politics.Putting fear in malawians,we fear God the one who provide both of you and us oxygen to breathe.Namathanga is there to provide protection of civilians.If Malawians will die, we will judge Namanthanga and the DPP.My prayers to God is that he should be watching you people day and night and… Read more »

KKKK
KKKK
8 months ago

NCP and UTM are not Malawi too. You are just a small component so respect the rights of others too Do what you want others to do for you. You are right ‘ Leaders come and Leaders go. We had a time for MCP Leader and it will never come again. UTM has committed a grave blunder and it will leave to regret. Malawi sangadye masanzi ake. Malawi is smart. GOD BLESS MALAWI.

Machendekhwepe
Machendekhwepe
8 months ago

Mgwirizano wa zigawenga

Chief
Chief
8 months ago
Reply to  Machendekhwepe

Tioneko zigawenga zanyuwani izi zatopetsa

KKKK
KKKK
8 months ago
Reply to  Chief

Zigawenga zanyauzi tidaziona kale kuopsya kwake. We can not do that mistake. Wait and see. You will be surprised

Gongoni Wakuda
Gongoni Wakuda
8 months ago

Wina amva kapena kuona nyekhwe, kenako angomwalira

katayeni chitutu
katayeni chitutu
8 months ago

Matudzi ku DPP

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
8 months ago

This is what all Malawians have been waiting for, apart from the mulahko wa alomwe league offcourse.

APM kukana kusayina the electoral reform bill won’t change anything, the election will still go ahead in May…..let us hope DPP won’t us coronavirus to stop the elections.

What the MCP-UTM and others alliance should do is to conduct a campaign like no other to make sure that they can win the election first time and win it big.

Chigodo
Chigodo
8 months ago

Chithunzi chomalizacho (5th from top) looks ngati chochita photo shop. if you look to the far left kuli pickup ya white ko, both the car and a person standing near the car are not in proportion to the other figures in the picture. Mukutani kodi??

Uli
Uli
8 months ago
Reply to  Chigodo

There were fewer people than anticipated by UTM/MCP phokoso. Even Times has dogged on broadcasting the signing in ceremony.

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