Chilima says UTM, MCP talks continuing: ‘DPP-UDF alliance part of democracy’

State vice-president and UTM leader Saulos Chilima says talks with the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) are in progress, saying there is a team working on the alliance options.

Chilima: We will make our position and communicate to Malawians in a few week’s time

The UTM president said this on Tuesday as political analysts have proposed an electoral alliance between Chilima and MCP presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera as a combined presidential ticket.

“Yes, MCP and UTM are talking for a possible alliance. There is a team exclusively working on that. The team will report back.  We will make our position and communicate to Malawians in a few week’s time,” Chilima said in interview on Zodiak TV that streamed live online as well live updates on Chilima’s Twitter handle.

He said the UTM party would get into an alliance with anybody.

However, throughout the interview hosted by Joab Chakhaza, Chilima maintained that the issue of leadership should not dominate the discussion but rather what to do with the alliance.

“The first step is to find the kind of a desired state that we want and achieve. Then from there we say who should be in the driving seat for the alliance. I am not desperate for a position. My motivation is to ensure that the mission to rescue Malawi is accomplished,” he said .

Chilima continued: “This entails an alliance that has a tangible plan with capable leaders to implement. Whether it is me or someone else, the job must be done. I will be a happy man. It is not about positions but knowing what to do.”

He said UTM want to engage on what would be a good alliance, saying there was need to think about the  desired state of the country.

“There has to be a semblance of convergence of our manifestos. If not, the alliance will collapse,” Chilima said.

He said if UTM fail to get into meaningful alliance, the party will go it alone.

“We are giving alliances a chance. But if nothing comes up we will go it alone.

“As UTM we stand a chance if we work very well. We are a good organization well represented across the country,” Chilima said.

He said the party will agree to on alliance on the basis of national unity.

Chilima  said UTM and MCP need to engage very deeply about how they want to move.

“I am not looking for perfect situation. But we don’t want to get into a situation where an alliance creates voter apathy.

“Leadership is not a determining factor as we explore alliances. I want to go into an alliance with motivation to address issues affecting Malawians. It is not so much about me. It is about how we deliver change. If the alliance decides that moving forward should mean I take the lead, so be it. If not, that’s also fine,” he said.

He said UTM will have to advise whether he takes a position in an alliance or not.

Commenting on the alliance between the ruling  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the United Democratic Front (UDF), Chilima said it is a welcome development as it is the expression of freedom of association.

“It is part of democracy. It is their right to associate,” he said.

Chilima said he had chatted informally with the UDF president Atupele Muluzi on the possibility of UTM/UDF alliance formation but said the talks were not formal.

Electoral alliances or coalition have become the buzz words in the run-up to the country’s fist ever fresh presidential elections proposed for May 19 2020 in line with February 3 Constitutional Court order following the nullification of last year’s polls.

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Prophet
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Prophet

MCP rule this Country 31yrs .After the court ruling it come to my mind that now MCP will be in opposition for another 31yrs .Now we can say that the equation now balances 31yrs ruling =31yrs in opposition this must be done i prophecies

Tonde
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Tonde

MCP simaluza masakho kuyibela too much tikusosolani pa 19 may,2020

BigMan
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BigMan

Dear MCP, we can work together as long as i am at the top of the ticket. Mukakana, i will team up with DPP. Lol!

POLITICAL PROPER GANDA
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POLITICAL PROPER GANDA

MCP kuli osaopa mulungu Chakwela,ndi ku campony yama bus ya UT M,tambwali weniwenii Chilima,sangathane Chilima Bingu anamugwilitsa ntchito 2009,kubela mavoti anachitanso chimodzmodzi kwa APM 2014 Chilima ndiwoipitsitsa

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This alliance has no choice but too be formed. That is not the hard bit it’s easy for everyone to see clearly. The problem is ironing out the details. These details will either make or break this alliance. As for UDF & DPP alliance it was very easy to form Atupele can’t win an election so is happy with being a vice or deputy to even the Vice President. As for MCP & UTM the alliance can even rock the parties or can unite. If United the country will benefit but politicians or members who are in the party generally… Read more »

Kukaya
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Kukaya

Mcp went into alliance with aford 1999 and lost, again formed alliance with udf in 2009 and lost. In 2019 formed alliance with peoples party and saved from defeat by judiciary. Problem with mcp, is its history of which no alliance can erase. Some Malawians do not even realise that mcp has candidate on the ballot paper.

Why should my uncle matchipisa Munthali spend 27years in prison simply because he was a friend of kanyama chiume who had been exiled? No trial simply sentenced to 6years without parole…… I loved utm but certainly not mcp again

Thats Me
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Thats Me

You should ask Muluzi (the father) who happen to be the founder of UDF or ask Dausi and Ntaba who are in DPP right now. Its dumb to think that a party is a living entity on its own, Its the people behind that party who are responsible for actions taken in the name of the party. So my friend go and ask those people and don’t ask us a dull and imbecile question and expect to get answers.

manof principles
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manof principles

Chomwe ukuyiwala nchoti MCP yakhala ikuberedwa ma elections but this time around zinthu zikukanika mpaka chipani cholamula kupanga ma demo. I thank SKC for his intelligence kuti mbava zizigwidwa zikabera ma presidential elections. This time around palibe kulowa chamutu and obviously MCP is winning. Am also a UTM supporter but i have to be frank here MCP has alot of supporters which cant be compared with DPP+UDF may be SKC coz he is the darling of the youths. The MCP u are dissing here ndiyankhalamba zija nthawi ya one party system pano kulibeko ena ali ku DPP. This MCP is… Read more »

Che nnungu
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Galu iwe MCP has been winning many elections sukudziwa??

Kuswa Kuswa
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Kuswa Kuswa

Without repeating your Galu business, which election did MCP win after we dumped chipani chonukhachi during the 2003 referendum?

Dimba Mhango
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Dimba Mhango

MCP petrol bombed my late uncle Mkwapatira Mhango and his family in Lusaka and slaughtered him. Also jailed Mikeka Mkandawire, abducted amd killed Orton Chirwa…etc the list is endless. MwaBatumbuka banyane mukumanya yayi iyi history for you to start smiling at reverend fake accent?

castelo
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castelo

antu mbuli ndamene amaona ngati chilima is power hungry koma in true sense is a hard working man we will reward him this coming may 2020 asadandaule chisankoso adusa ma cadet onse anva kuwawa ndipo akawina akumangani ameneyi

Mzeedi
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Mzeedi

Talks on alliance shouldnt take that long. So what were you discussing worthwhile when seated on the court bench and smiling into the camera? You form alliance and then discuss agree the details later. Everyday you wait udf is moving changu pa town after seeing such procrastination. Anyway sikuti any of these alliances will solve the problems at all…. Nanu mungofuna mulidyele dziko la ulesi lathuli lomwe cha chikulu timachita ndi ndale komanso kufufuza pa Internet. No manufacturing, no exporting

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

That’s great chilima. Let’s kick out this incompetent old man and his stinking government.

Kuswa Kuswa
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Kuswa Kuswa

It is a shame that after making so much noise, Arafat can consider to be running mate to fake accent ex-reverend Nyolonyo Lezala. Moto kuti buuu….wa mapesi….kkkkkkk Uyooooo wa yufi.

TAMALISHA
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TAMALISHA

kuswakuswa ndiwe galu cadet wodya bibi Chakwera ndi Chilima akuyamba chani? Walandila ku DPP zo kuti usokoneze anthu uzisanza. Ukhaula uwona, galu

Kuswa Kuswa
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Uyooooo wa yufi kutukwana. Choncho ungalowe m’boma kachimbwinda iwe? Anzakotu otukwana anapita. Watsala wekha.

Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche
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Iweeee tamalisha, kuvunda nkanwa kotere nkumatukwana choncho nde ugaluwo. Wakuputa chani Kuswa Kuswa? Uwona nyekhwe.

Hate it or take it but it's a fact
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U used to say DPP can win without alliance, why suddenly u rush to convince UDF to join u?? U have seen that without Alliance u won’t survive that’s why u want the help of UDF but unfortunately u will be kicked out of state house all together .
Amalawi ena ambiri atopa ndi mbwiyache uyu.