United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi has embarked on a political crusade to engage the grassroots in the Eastern Region on electoral partnership with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ahead of the presidential fresh elections due May 19 2020.
UDF and DPP have formed an electoral alliance to back the presidential candidature of incumbent Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika as torchbearer.
On Saturday, Muluzi who remains hugely popular in the Eastern Region among the Yao tribesmen and Muslims, invited chiefs in Machinga district led by Paramount Chief Kawinga at his Kapoloma Village home to brief them about the alliance.
UDF party supporters also converged after they got wind of the meeting.
In his remarks, Muluzi said the alliance has been formed to benefit Malawi and help President Mutharika spur development.
He said the two parties ventured into an electoral alliance because they have common goals and values that will benefit Malawians more, especially women and the youth.
Muluzi stressed that the alliance is founded on the citizens’ common good and that it was needed to unite Malawians who face tension and sometimes bitter disagreements.
Chiefs unanimously said they welcome the alliance .
The DPP-UDF alliance is poised to lock votes from the Eastern and Southern political regions as the two groupings complement voter bases in a country that largely votes along regional and ethnic lines.