Chakwera, Chilima speak one language on alliance, unmoved by Mutharika’s appeal bid

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and UTM leader Saulos Chilima  have reiterated for political alliance on order to dislodge the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) from power.

Chilima ready for an alliance (C) Govati Nyirenda
Opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera and his supporters have welcomed the court’s decision to annul the election result

The two opposition leaders have also reacted to decision by President Peter Mutharika to contest a Constitution Court ruling that overturned his election last May.

On working relationship, Chilima told a news conference on Wednesday in Lilongwe, that such a political alliance should be to the benefit of ordinary Malawians not power hungry politicians.

“The need to have alliances is there, this is very important. But the question is, why do we need an alliance? We don’t want an alliance gained at just putting some people in power,” said.

Chilima said he is ready to sacrifice his position if the alliance  is for the benefit of ordinary Malawians and to free the country from what he called “dehumanizing grip of acute poverty.”

Said Chilima: “I remain humble in my ambition, but firm in my desire to see a new Malawi.

“I pledge to play any part the people of Malawi give me in this third republic.”

The same view was expressed by the MCP president Chakwera on Tuesday in Lilongwe.

Chakwera said he is ready to step aside to give someone a chance to vie for the presidency in the forthcoming court sanctioned fresh election in five months time.

On Monday, judges annulled the vote, citing irregularities, and ordered a new election within 150 days.

President Mutharika has since said  alongside his legal team he had “serious reservations with the judgement” and will proceed to appeal at the Supreme Court of Malawi.

But both Chilima and Chakwera have said Mutharika has  right to appeal and can exercise it.

“Our legal team stands ready to go and make our case[ at court of appeal],” said Chilima.

Chakwera, through MCP spokesperson Reverend Maurice Munthali, said Mutharika “doesn’t have any satisfactory grounds  to appeal.”

 

Munthali said Mutharika “cannot prove beyond reasonable doubt that he  can be the rightful appellant.”

Constitutional a law expert at University of Malawi Edge Kanyongo has since said the impending appeal  by Mutharika will not stop the process of preparing fresh elections until another  court rules otherwise.

“An appeal does not automatically stop or nullify the effect of the previous judgement,” said Kanyongolo.

This was the first time a court had annulled a presidential election in Malawi.

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Jacob
Jacob
9 months ago

I really like what chakwera said, He is ready to path away for who ever wants to take over to save Malawi. That’s leadership. I like also what chilima said, He is ready to lose his position as president as long the idea is to save Malawians so my example is or ndikupempha kwaanthu awilinu..IF CHAKWERA CAN TAKE OVER AND CHILIMA TO BE VICE MALAWI WILL COME LIKE SOUTH AFRICA BELIEVE ME. BCZ FUNDO ZAANTHU AWA CASH GATE OUT, CORRUPTION OUT. SAME IF UTM CAN BE PRESIDENT AND MCP VICE KOMA ZIJA AMANENA CHILIMA ZOCHOTSA MPHAMVU KWA PRESIDENT IS A… Read more »

The Sage
The Sage
9 months ago

Wait, the public accounts committee is meeting. Her fate will be decided. I just hope it will be implemented too

Piper
Piper
9 months ago

Time for both LC and SKC to swallow pride and work together for the sake of national interest. We just had a ‘get out jail card’ so better make use the opportunity as it won’t happen again. Kenya had the same but they blew it. Only by working together shall we free ourselves from the grip of tribalistic, nepotistic and corrupt ways of governing…

Zofu
Zofu
9 months ago

So you fear DPP to make an alliance??????????

Gongoni Wakuda
Gongoni Wakuda
9 months ago
Reply to  Zofu

not fear, but kuchotsa dzimbalangondo.

Phwisa
Phwisa
9 months ago

Chilima alliance ndi MCP. Only if you don’t know Chilima has no party. Anachita kuitanidwa kuti akatsogolere UTM. A Malawi you have already forgotten what Kalisti used to say during campaigns. If they make an alliance what will be position of Winiko , Kaliati , Chidanti in the alliance

Gome
Gome
9 months ago
Reply to  Phwisa

CADET WOLUSA NDI WAKUBA UYU

Gongoni Wakuda
Gongoni Wakuda
9 months ago
Reply to  Phwisa

kuganiza mombwambwana a chiphwisi

hewe
9 months ago

WITH OR WITHOUT ALLIANCE IT IS DIFFICULT TO DISLODGE DPP. BECAUSE MCP IS APARTY OF DEATH AND DARKNESS

Francisco Madinga
Francisco Madinga
9 months ago
Reply to  hewe

Mmaso mwako gulugufe

ANA ACHEPA
ANA ACHEPA
9 months ago

Powerful……mangani anthu chonde asathawe

Chilipa Thako
9 months ago

Zimenezo ndi zimene ife a DPP timafuna tiyeni mwatsala pangóno timva kkkkkkkk alliance my foot .

BE AWARE OF PETER HITLER MUTHARIKA

We have been calling for a long time to introduce FEDERALISM because the 50% plus 1 it won’t solve the problems of some regions being marginalised. The federal system of a new Malawi must have three regions not what Peter Hitler Mutharika is proposing. The presidency of Malawi must rotated among our three regions. Each region must have its own governor and parliament to pass laws that will benefit the development of their region. These laws must be within the laws of the FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF MALAWI. The governorship of each region must be rotated among the indigenous tribes of… Read more »

hardy
hardy
9 months ago

mwalemba shit. why must the presidency rotate. let people vote for who they want

Mikol
Mikol
9 months ago
Reply to  hardy

It might look shit to you but this is what he thinks will work, learn to respect other people’s views!

Icefloe1
Icefloe1
9 months ago

Alliance ok but,

(1)Between Chakwera and Chilima who will be the presidential candidate.

(2) Will they compromise.

(3) Politics is about number .

(4) Do they have numbers.
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(5) Can MCP capitalize.

Nyoloka
Nyoloka
9 months ago
Reply to  Icefloe1

Read again

Mtaba
9 months ago
Reply to  Icefloe1

Off bounce. Wipe off your tears from the ruling first before looking at what MCP/UTM are doing. Stupid cadet!

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