Chilima says UTM-MCP alliance not done deal, talks underway: ‘We will communicate the outcome’
Malawian Vice President Salous Chilima has publicly confirmed that UTM Party is in talks with Malawi Congress Party (MCP) for a possible electoral alliance for the forthcoming fresh presidential elections.
Earlier this week UTM Publicity Secretary Joseph Chidanti Malungu told the media that UTM has set up a committee to hold alliance talks with MCP.
And on Sturday, MCP released a statement that the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has mandated its president Lazarous Chakwera to enter into alliance talks with his counterpart Chilima and also set up an MCP committee for the same.
Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd at upper Mzuzu Stadium on Sunday, Chilima said UTM and MCP are still discussing the alliance and that once a decision is made the nation will be informed.
” We are talking with our friends in MCP. The nation will be informed about the outcome of the talks and the decision to be on the alliance,” said Chilima.
He assured the people that the decision that will be made will be meant to help the UTM will the fresh elections.
Also UTM Secretary General Patricia Kaliati spoke on the alliance issue, assuring the nation that the discussions are going on and that the nation will be informed of the outcome.
Kaliati urged the youth to register enmasse when registration opens so as to enable UTM amass enough votes in the fresh elections.
Earlier, Chilima spend much of his time reminding the gathering and the nation about the UTM manifesto.
He said UTM was formed to give hope to all Malawians, regardless of age , region or party affiliation.
” We must constantly be reminded that the UTM came to ensure that people in Malawi are happy regardless of their political persuasion,” he stated.
Chilima said UTM manifesto is the best as it outlines transformational policies such as cheap fertilizer, fixing agriculture and health sectors as well as uplifting the welfare of the youth, women and the elderly.
” We still maintain that it is imperative that we fix agriculture in Malawi. We must start reducing the price of fertilizer from over K20,000 to K4,500 to allow more poor Malawians access the commodity,” he said.
Chilima said there is a critical need to reform the public sector to ensure that public services are given to Malawians at the required standard.
This was the second rally Chilima has held since the Constitutional Court on February 3, 2020 nullfied the May 21, 2019 elections and ordered fresh elections within 150 days.
The first rally was held at Masintha ground in Lilongwe and was also attended by a multitude of people.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
Chilima is just too power hungry, He is like late Sani Abacha of Nigeria, once in Government he will change certain rules to suit his tastes. He is intolerant and he seems to be a man who hates to be corrected. He may sound sweet today but give him the power
you will see
I’m not politicians and will never be ….wisest quote *a man dominate a man to his injury * mean no matter what good heart a leader may be cant completely solve all ( but some) human problem…… whoever leader may wish to to rockets malawi forward s/he must national birth control ( 2 children per a woman & ban abortions) then flashlight the current project in a decade amalawi can upflag herself coz currently malawi has resources ; electricity ,food and etc that can accomodate 11 millions through out 24/7 but current we have indigenous 19 millions plus 5 millions… Read more »
What is this Bwana Dzalanyama. What you have written is incomprehensible…
We need a coalition for sure, to have a majority of forces who can change…! I would say the coalition partner who comes first will appoint the president, the second will have the vice presidency! Even a rotation during the tenor of office could be possible! I do not know if our constitution will allow this? In general a coalition is good as long it can find consensus during decision making on cabinet level! We have to have checks and balance also in the cabinet and not like it is now, the president got an plan or not and still… Read more »
Kikkkkkk ma comment ambiri amene ndikuwaona Pano, zikundikumbutsa mawu oti,,,, Mapanga awiri avumbwitsa,,,zikuoneka kuti anthu ambiri pomafika June,akapezeka ku Mental Hospital. Chifukwa lero ava izi mawa avaso iziso,munthu mmodzi pano akuika comment ya maganizo ya anthu ambiri,mwachitsanzo, MCP ndi UTM alliance? Ife basi sitikavota Chifukwa MCP ndiyokupha,,,mau iti,,,,Ife,,,, akuimila gulu la anthu, forgetting kuti tsiku lovota,aliyese amakolowa yekha ndikusankha yekha. So I don’t think it is making sense at all by saying,,we will not vote for you. Kupanda Ku votela MCP and UTM as ana alliance it is a Certificate of Marriage iweyo ndi DPP,ndiye kuitelo DPP idzakufinyani pa ulamulilo… Read more »
As Jesus Christ said, Am the way the truth and the life, we believe the truth will set our beloved country free. Malawi is not supposed to be as poor as it is today and there is no way Malawians of good will can allow to live like this for ever. What MEC did is a very serious crime. MCP and UTM alliance is the only hope for true Malawians. Those who are not on my side quote my words ” Malawians are piece loving people and God fearing ” The truth will prosper our country
The hope of Malawi. Chilima should lead the alliance if it happens, other wise going alone is also good idea.Malawians should vote to end poverty and bring prosperity.If fertilizer is cheaper it will allow more Malawians to join farming, hence increases production of more food, surplus food can be exported to other countries, farming is the backbone of every country’s economy.This is the second chance given to choose the right person to lead Malawi for better,we are tired of poverty policies by DPP.They DPP they play with people’s lives.Taking Malawians for granted.For Malawians who love poverty will continue to vote… Read more »
Lead which alliance? MCP UTM? Why?
My brother how can you say that what is it that you are thinking, a leader with only 4 MPs leader a party with 70+ MPs any logic are you day dreaming. Chilima had 20% and Chakwela 35%, who is popular between the 2. in my opinion Chakwela should lead the Alliance and Chilima be the running mate otherwise let MCP go it alone
Are you basing your suggestion on tipexed results? Nobody won the presidency. But we need a leader who can really lead in a good direction.
Your name should read UTM CEO not National CEO.
Mkulu uyu avuta osati masewera.
I think SKC is right, alliance decisions mus be made with critical minds and level-headedness, don’t just jump into a coalition/alliance for the sake of forming an alliance. The objectives, structure, and agreement must be clearly spelt out .It must be regally binding as such i would involve Lawyers who should formulate a contract that should be dully signed by the stakeholders. Osapanga za chibwana za Atupele ndi DPP kungolowa ngati akulowa nyumba mwa Atate ake!
Utm must just stop the hide and seek games and form an alliance with mcp because honestly speaking or may be my own assessment, no party in malawi at the moment can amass more than 50% of the votes, let alone utm as we speak. Utm don’t have a back bone as yet even the 20% they managed in 2019 i suspect the doing of Jane Ansah’s monkey tricks thinking the nation could believe that kind of vote allocation. Africa and malawi in particular, we’re still playing savage politics whereby we vote for someone or a party because the leader… Read more »
Ukazanva kuti Mia has stepped aside to pave way for the alliance, then you can blame UTM for hide and seek game. It is MCP that has a big problem that even if with their hide and seek game, its black behind is still sticking out KKKKKKK
I do not agree with you. Chilima has been fooled before by the DPP and should not be fooled twice. Let them discuss properly and agree on the structure of the alliance and objectives of the alliance. Let it be written down and duly signed by all and a lawyer. If this can’t happen then it’s a lie. Once chakwera is in government he will fortify himself. He will ignore the office of the vice presidency, sack all UTM ministers and that is it. Chilima will be back on the streets. Wishing you the best.
Thinking of a DPP cadet as this is typical their style not MCP for your information MCP nomited a northerner as Speaker in 2014 though the region did not voted for it. and in the end Richard turned against it but in 2019 they have again nominated and voted for northerner for the same position yet nothern region did not vote for more MCP MPs which to me is a proff that the party is very open and inclusive.
A nation can have a president who has no party. We can have an independent president. Bingu ruled without a party for some time, and during that period he ruled very well than when he won with a land slide. So I do not agree with the fact that since SKC has only 4 MPs then he can not be a president.
That tells tippex worked to crush Chilima can’t you see that
There is no winter in Malawi. Unless you are in ‘opposition’ benches.
We are grappling with the same Problem the Democratic Party in America is facing ,Electability vs Excitability…. They have Joe Biden who has a better chance to beat Trump …then there is Bernie Sanders who is exciting the masses but his chances of beating Trump are less than Joe’s …MCP must roll out it’s Strategy because in the end am seeing three Candidates on the Ballot …they must not rely on Chances of an Alliance too Much ….In the end it will be Electability vs Excitability…Malawians will have to make the BIG Decision as to Who has the Greater chance… Read more »
You can not compare Malawianpolitics with of the USA period. Ndizosiyana. Ineyo ndivotera who ever will be on democratic ticket. Then we will beat Trump