Chilima given ‘take it or leave it deal’: Chakwera presidential candidate in MCP-UTM alliance

UTM Party president Saulos Chilima  has been offered a “take it or leave it” deal by Malawi Congress Party (MCP)  in an attempt to form a an electoral alliance by the end of the week which MCP presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera will be the torchbearer as presidential candidate while Chilima  will get the running mate position.

Chakwera and Chilima: UTM-MCP alliance may make it if Chilima agrees to be a running mate for Chakwera

The UTM Party leader, who is the country’s vice-president, is expected to take a stand before sealing the deal.

Chilima and Chakwera—the duo that secured the landmark judgement by the five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court that nullified the May 21 2019 presidential election on February 3 2020— have been having discussions on the alliance and are expected to meet again for dinner on Monday to finalise finer details.

Nyasa Times understands that the alliance deal also gives UTM to control 50 percent Cabinet and other public appointments.

As vice-president, Chilima will be tasked to run day-to-day government activities with more powers to be enshrined in the Constitution through an amendment than just being delegated.

The deal also says MCP will get 30 percent Cabinet positions and other coalition partners will get 20 percent.

In the run-up to the annulled presidential election, Chakwera partnered former president Joyce Banda and her People’s Party (PP) as well as the country’s former vice-president Khumbo Kachali and his Freedom Party. The partnership between MCP and the two is still intact.

MCP has said it will take the presidency because of   its numerical strength in Parliament (55 legislators against UTM’s measly four) to claim that it is bigger than UTM and a Head of State should not have a hang parliament.

Chilima is yet to confirm is he is to settle for number two in an MCP-UTM alliance as he  is already vice-president and has been one for five years—a position that comes with a life-long pension.

He is short of getting the most prized position of Presidency, which he has been making it openly.

Political analysts say from  the two previous results, the probability is that Chilima will most certainly still come third in the fresh elections should he go solo but can be  a highly prized and sought-after partner in the ensuing run-off if no candidate  reaches the 50%+1 threshold.

MCP Publicity Secretary, Maurice Munthali, told Times Radio that a news conference will be held to announce details of the alliance.

“MCP gave powers to the president who came up with a committee to discuss with UTM for a possible alliance. The two committees have been meeting and what we can tell Malawians is that let us pray for these talks and for our leaders so that something good can come out of these talks. At an appropriate time, Malawians will be told the outcome of the talks,” Munthali said.

UTM spokesman Joseph Chidanti Malunga said “information” will be released when they finish their talks.

Both MCP and UTM Party developed their manifestos which they touted as geared towards bailing Malawians out of abject poverty, drive away deep-rooted corruption and create job opportunities for the youths, among other issues.

The UTM manifesto clearly indicates how it will deal with corrupt leadership, saying that the party shall empower the National Construction Industry Council (NCIC) in the enforcement of the Construction Industry Act and the code of ethics.

The manifesto further hints that the party supports civil society initiatives such as those under the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) in working with State enforcement agencies such as the Anti–Corruption Bureau (ACB), the Auditor General and the Office of the Director of Public Procurement (ODPP) to ensure accountability and transparency in awarding contracts.

UTM also promises that the sitting president shall be stripped of immunity so that he or she should be prosecuted whenever found to be involved in corrupt practices while still serving as the State president.

On agriculture, UTM promises a universal fertiliser subsidy with a 50 kilogramme bag pegged at K4 500. The party also promises to introduce mega farms to ensure mass production of crops such as maize, cotton and rice as well as employment.

Further, Chilima passionately pledged to create one million jobs within the first 12 months in office.

In its manifesto which party officials described as a “diagnosis of the problems Malawians are facing and a prescription to the economic and human development ailments Malawians are going through”, MCP focuses on challenges facing the agricultural sector.

Specifically on agriculture, MCP promises farmers a universal subsidy programme which according to officials will see all Malawians regardless of their status having access to cheaper prices of farm inputs.

Both MCP and UTM, through their manifestos, fault the design and implementation of the targeted Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) which for the past 15 years has been providing subsidised inputs to ultra-poor Malawians.

The two parties speak a similar language, particularly on agriculture and anti-corruption fight drive.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Sharing is caring!

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Follow us in Twitter
86 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Bob joshua
Bob joshua
8 months ago

I do not see any good future in UTM MCP government and its my prayer that this does not work out after the elections

Sea bird
Sea bird
8 months ago

This was a knock out patch that needs to be taken seriously to correct the rotten economy from 19 May, 2020. Bravo UTM-MCP leaders. Be intact, fit, and vigilant to get there.

Mtete
Mtete
8 months ago

We are anxiously waiting for a Joint Rally at Njamba in Blantyre where language spoken will be conciliatory and about a unified Malawi regardless of Region, Tribe; where National Resources, including tax, will be sacred and and used only for intended purposes; a rally where people will freely flock to without being ferried from distant places and paid K50-00 inducement.

YOSWA MKONYOFU
YOSWA MKONYOFU
8 months ago

Che Wanimilioni, kodi ma vote mumalengeza ali pa 75% and ma figures ena kumaphatikiza after kulengeza ndiye muziti munthu anawina? Now most ofmyou talk about ambition ya Chilima did he tell you that he has that ambition? He said if it is for the sake of the betterment of Malawi and the people of malawi he will join the alliance.He doesnt want his personal ambition to rule him but what would rather bring peace and development in the country. Why are you worried with him kumanena kuti basi watha? Leave him let the alliance be. Nanga bwanji simukunena za atupele… Read more »

Che Wanimiliyoni
Che Wanimiliyoni
8 months ago
Reply to  YOSWA MKONYOFU

Both SKC & Atupele can sink into political oblivion if they continue making inconsistent and patronage driven decisions. I have been a consistent advocate of Atupele joining DPP but he never listened and got his just punishment when his own constituency dumped him for DPP. But am happy he realised it before it was too late. Similarly I REPEAT: SKC’s political future is in DPP and not MCP. You may be asking why? To some of us due to the regional/tribal pattern of voting in this country we foresaw that Malawi would end up having two major political parties even… Read more »

Thakatzyso
Thakatzyso
8 months ago

Talanda dzikoli basi ,MCP 6 years and UTM for ever akunyha a dpp awona

yoyu
yoyu
8 months ago
Reply to  Thakatzyso

Keep dreaming.

Khima
Khima
8 months ago

Masamu ake ali chonchi, Chakwera needs Saulos more to get into power, Saulos has already been in the vice president position hence his efforts to find his way up but cant afford it alone koma the team that he wants to partner with nacho chikufuna kulowa and stay mmboma..Chilima should the deal go ahead will be the main loser because MCP is bigger than UTM with its own base and wont allow any mistake to get out of power and they will afford to dump UTM and consolidate itself (should it be in power). Unless asainilane power sharing deal kuti… Read more »

Joloza
8 months ago
Reply to  Khima

Making an alliance with MCP is a grave mistake Chilima can make. His political future will be completely choked. Chilima is a prodigal son who was influenced by evil counsel. The only place where Chilimas political future is assured is in DPP. He just needs to humble himself. Otherwise the exreverend just wants to use him as a stepping stone into achieving his political ambitions.

opanda nzeru
opanda nzeru
8 months ago
Reply to  Joloza

I dont understand the reasoning here because history will tell you that all these parties can be traced back to mcp. By the way even before Chilima expressed interest to run for presidency in dpp signs were showing that the dpp people no longer wanted Chilima in the party and would not have been running mate to mutharika during last years elections. The guy simply refused to be used and tramped but chose to stand on his feet and prove to dpp people that he is more than a doormat.

banda
banda
8 months ago

please join and come together as opposition parties. you are fighting for the same cause

akuchikazi
akuchikazi
8 months ago
Reply to  banda

If all we are hearing is true; then this alliance is fake. the percentages are not making sense. This “take it and leave it” was supposed to be given to Chakwera. He is not a leader by all standards; UMBONI- since he ascended to MCP leader; many people left or fired? Chakwera ndi “Nkholokolo” anthu amathawa mchipani. Sangawine masankho. I respect UTM leader because he has the required qualities of the leader for this poor country. UMBONI- To run a campaign within eight months and take third position despite his votes being stolen; “UMBONI” He is the only person in… Read more »

Nalingula
Nalingula
8 months ago

All of a Sudden Neba watosanduka supporter wa UTM ati Mgwirizano ayi….People have been praying for Justice chichitikireni Zisankho kukwera phiri Soche ,Bangwe ….mapemphero atoyankhidwa…Ndipo anthu Ena a Chikhulupiriro ngati mbeu ya Mpiru anapangisa kale ma t shirt a Mgwirizano….Nafe pa Njamba Sunday …..

Omex70
Omex70
8 months ago

I am very excited to see that MCP and UTM have come together. This is the liberation that many meaningful Malawians have been looking for. We very tired with DPP which has caused misery to a lot of people because of its leadership style.
Those who are talking bad of this alliance here are DPP cadets who know that their days in government are numbered. They will try to ridicule either Chilima or Chakwera but that will not work at all. We are more that ready to usher in new leadership in government.

Jamax
Jamax
8 months ago

Please Chilima don’t accept this raw deal alliance with MCP whay you should know is that many Malawians want you to be the next president – take your stand and be courageous and out solo as UTM. You surely have huge support from the youth even those who are in MCP camp they have already indorsed you to be the torch bearer. As for me I wish you ALL the best but stop wishing ADAD a sooner death God can not bless you. You should start respecting the Elders as David did when he was with Saul in the Bible… Read more »

Muhariteniwo
Muhariteniwo
8 months ago
Reply to  Jamax

Then Jamax( not real name) doesnt know the real meaning of Alliance

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
8 months ago
Reply to  Jamax

Comment ya cadet iyi

Jamax
Jamax
8 months ago
Reply to  Mtonga Mwana

Iwe Gang’a wa mutu ngati mable!!!!!! kkkk!!!!

shares
Read previous post:
Commentator say rights activists’ arrests sign of deepening political crisis

A political commentator has said the arrests of two renowned rights activists on Sunday is a sign of deepening political...

Close