Chilima open to DPP talks on alliance: ‘Malawi has to be the agenda’

UTM Party president Saulos Chilima, who is also the State vice-president, has said he is open to have “a conversation” with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which has entered into electoral alliance with United Democratic Front (UDF) to form  a grand coalition in the run up to proposed May 19 2020 first ever fresh presidential elections.

Chilima: We can talk with DPP and take it from there

Chilima said this on Tuesday evening  in an exclusive television interview with privately-owned Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS).

Common cause

“I will get into an alliance with anybody, as long as, we are fighting a common cause,” said Chilima in apparent reference to a barren talks he had with UDF on electoral  alliance.

Asked by the maverick TV journalist, Joab Frank Chakhaza, if in the “same spirit” he could get into an alliance with DPP “because they are also anybody”, Chilima said the  stand-offs never solve problems.

“Well, we can get into a discussion with them and see whether an alliance is possible or not,” said Chilima.

Pressed if that would be an ideal situation considering that he dumped DPP in 2018 to form UTM, Chilima said: “Have a conversation, see what they have to say and you decide.”

Chilima clarified that he only parted ways with DPP and not dumped, saying “we don’t know who dumped who”.

He said: “The mistake we make is to think that you want to paint everybody with the same brush.”

Chilima continued: “What has happened in the past has happened in the past, we must move on. We will never get to the past; we must be planning the future based on what we have learnt in the past.”

Malawi first

The UTM leader also struck a tone of an olive branch.

“Remember first and foremost we are human beings. We are Malawians. We relate. And the fact that there are people that would be friends and some of them indeed people that I have known for so many years that are still DPP. The fact that they are still DPP it doesn’t mean that they are my enemies. We differ in our thinking and we should respect that.

“But if there was need for a conversation, let’s understand what the conversation is about and what sorts of decisions are being asked to be made. At that point we then say look ladies and gentlemen I agree with this or I don’t agree with this and thank you very much we will continue as we are,” said Chilima.

Chilima said there has not been any conversation with DPP on alliance.

The vice-president said he has not met President Mutharika “even to discuss anything of national interest.”

But Chiima said UTM would want to engage on what would be a good alliance.

“We need to think about the  desired state of the country, how do we get there and who leads us there.  There has to be a semblance of convergence of our manifestos.

“If not, the alliance will collapse . If we fail to get into meaningful alliance, we will go it alone. We are giving alliances a chance. But if nothing comes up we will go it alone,” said Chilima.

Collective agenda

Commentators have backed the idea for parties to enter into electoral alliances or coalition to enhance national unity, especially where parties going into them have similar philosophies, ideologies and focus.

But they caution that such electoral political combinations can be toxic and compromise democracy where the parties go in with self-serving interests.

In its editorial comment, Malawi’s daily newspaper, The Nation, stated that for a healthy democracy, electoral alliances should not be mooted merely to win an election.

“Rather, they should be supported by followers of the respective parties and promote a collective agenda that is in sync with helping in economic growth and development,” reads the editorial comment.

The paper states that alliances should serve the best interests of Malawians and ensure a better nation.

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lere
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l don’t understand how this can work out. Chilima is been accusing his boss that he is corrupted and other things. Should we say that he was power hungry? APM is not bad as he campaigned against DPP? he is confusing his followers Chilima. Grow up when making decisions

Honestly
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Honestly

I better vote for MCP

Malawians, lets unite . We dont want dpp in this country. UTM was my hope and hope for many. This talk is of joining with dpp has left me and others who have been behind utm disappointed therefore am out. No need for fresh elections let APM continue then we have fresh elections 2024

Nsuleni
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Nsuleni

Apa nde Chilima waonetserAtu kuti naye ali ngati Atupele opanda nzeru. Like for real!? Uluza ma vote a youth and your career will not go up at all. So ku dpp akupangani promise u president anthu angati? ATUPELE vice inuso Vice. Saulosi Khala serious. You are above this bullshit. If so my vote you are loosing. Bolaso MCP alliance. Mind you the lomwe dpp gurus are also waiting for same leadership

bembelezi
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bembelezi

chilima knows DPP very well,its all hide n sik game.n the other thing ,achilimawa undine ,ndine,ndine ndineyo ,unawachulukira .

K.kagalu.
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K.kagalu.

I don’t see anything wrong Chilima making alliance with DPP after all he is the son. MCP without any Alliance is going to take it this time. Some one tried to reveal the secret of MCP on other comment, and I quote,, it looks like Chakwera can win this time because he once go to Israel pray for the Case and here we have the results of his prayers, now it can also happen that he will win this Election. If really God want Malawi to change, he will make it regardless ma alliance akhalapo or ayi, I can tell… Read more »

wa Nyau
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wa Nyau

musamampangile zochita mulungu pliz.Nanga zomwe mukufunazo zitakanika muzizati MULUNGU walephera?
osaiwala mulungu amakonda aliyesetu even omwe inu mumawaona kuti ndi oipa

Chihana
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Chihana

Kodi Mulungu pano akusapota MCP?….shame of thinking

Hope
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Hope

Mulungu wake Yehovah kapena Allah poti ku MCP aliko awiri

Pumbwa
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Pumbwa

Hey this is what I have consistently say on this page that Chilima is there just to hold the break away. He should be making tactics to Betray MCP, fortunately MCP realised this. I understand he will be a president in DPP. Which ever way he takes, whether to DPP, to MCP or stand alone will add valves to MCP. Dzanja lalemba odziwa kuwerenga wawona.

Lucius
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Lucius

I also listened to the interview myself. What has been reported is what Chilima said. Those is doubt watch again and slowly be pausing the interview and check word by word of the quotes and see that this is very very correct reporting

Thengo Liweta
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Thengo Liweta

Why Alliance with another Political Party. Enter in Alliance with the Malawian Electorate by presenting Your Development Manifesto. If you are interested in Alliance , the motive is not The Welfare of Mother Malawi but positions in the curropted government to be formed from that Alliance.

Lego
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Let him make alliance with DPP and give a free ride for MCP.

Lego
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This guy is too arrogant and ambitious.He is like Atupele Muluzi.How can you go to alliance with a party that has brought more divisions in Malawi.The party that denied the will of Malawians.What a waste of time on such person to think that he can govern us.

Ben Maliseche Phiri
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Ben Maliseche Phiri

Is it wrong to be ambitious? Mavi yako!

Funi
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Funi

It is MCP and UTM that has denied the will of the people. These two parties failed to change the constitution and then used underhand methods to change the President and Parliamentary Elections Act. The two will not have PEACE. Malawians have realised how dictatorial these two parties are. The corrupt ConCourt judges helped them to overturn the presidential results. MCO and UTM alira sanati.