Chilima talks on torchbearer for MCP-UTM alliance: ‘It’s either me or Chakwera’

Vice President Saulos Chilima has said UTM and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) are set to present presidential nomination papers to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) saying the torchbearer will be either him or MCP’s leader Lazarus Chakwera.

Chilima: It’s either me or Chakwera

Chilima said at a news conference that the two opposition parties, which have formed an electoral alliance alongside six other parties, remain poised to contest the fresh presidential elections salted for July 2.

MCP and UTM are yet to unveil their coalition’s torch bearer, but Chilima said: “We will have one leader. It’s either me or Dr Chakwera. There is no third person.”

He added: “The MCP-UTM alliance is designed to promote unity among Malawians.”

The Vice-President said the presidential candidate will be known on Wednesday when presenting nomination papers.

“The alliance torch bearer will be known on Wednesday when presenting nomination papers. So remain calm because Wednesday is not far,” said Chilima  while responding to a question from  a journalist  at UTM headquarters at Area 10.

“Let us be ready to accept whosoever is going to lead the alliance. Our most important duty will be to go and vote,” he said.

He said the alliance was formed to meet aspirations of majority of Malawians and to unite the country which is heavily divided at the moment.

“The nomination papers to presented on Wednesday will be for the alliance only.  There are others who are trying to destroy the alliance that it should fail, they will not succeed,” said Chilima.

Chilima  urged Malawians to remain calm, to go and register in their large numbers.

He also said people should take opinions or reports against alliance with a pinch of a salt, saying communication comes from the leaders openly they way they did by announcing it.

“Opinions are free of charge. There are people who are generating fake news daily against alliance on social media.  They are paid to do so. That’s how they earn their living. But correct information from alliance you will hear from us the leaders,” he said.

He urged Malawians to think beyond the leadership issue.

Chilima said time has come for Malawians to stop politics of nepotism and tribalism, saying UTM has no specific area or tribe which it calls a stronghold, saying UTM has Malawi as a stronghold.

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is scheduled to receive nomination papers from presidential candaidates for the fresh elections scheduled for July 2, 2020;

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Hudson Chuku
Hudson Chuku
9 months ago

Ife okonda MCP are getting worried that our leaders have narrowed the party from a regional party to a district party. Both Chakwera and Chilima are from Lilongwe, as if other districts or regions have no able leaders. Please rethink this arrangement. This anomaly will seriously compromise support for the mighty party.

Wiske Yoyu
Wiske Yoyu
9 months ago

Thus why u damped chimulirenji.

Wiske Yoyu
Wiske Yoyu
9 months ago

Muzingowombera mmanja gogo bububu wanuyo, ife ndi chilma basi. Tikuliritsani muona.

Kuswa Kuswa
9 months ago

Zeze in denial kuti mapesi aja walowa nawo mmimba mwang’ona kkkkkkkk either Lezala or myself ndekuti chani? Take it or leave it. Suuyimba belu uli pakaliyala. Phokoso lonseli? Blind followers a UTM pilot Ali mmimba mwang’onatu…. kkkkkkkkkk

Mapwiya
Mapwiya
9 months ago

kkkkkkkk wapakaliyala kumphunzira kuimba belu eti kkkkkk

Malawi belong to the citizens

The end of DPP and UDF alliance is coming soon no doubt about that.Dpp leaders Kuba ndi nthawi ya coronavirus,chepetsani mabedwe, ,zilombo zowopya kwambiri kuposa coronavirus.

William Chirwa
9 months ago

Rt. Hon. Your alliance partner MCP is a shamelessly regional party even at their last convention they had to reserve some posts to cater for other regions when it turned out that all positions were tale up by the Central region only. Maurice Munthalis position is an appointed not elected one. Therefore be careful when talking about nepotism and tribalism MCP is a chewa gathering end of story. Look at how the last election went tribal lines even your own party only did a bit better north because the anganyas thought you were their own having been fooled by your… Read more »

yaya mfiti
9 months ago

kkkkkkkkkk mwana opusa dikira uone kuti zimbano si zinthu sungakhale president iwe ngati unalephera kukhala tsogoleri wa dziko just a stonethrow away chifukwa cha matama ndiye ukuona ngati ku zinyauko ukakhalakkkkk mwana opusa

The Dangerous Protocol.
The Dangerous Protocol.
9 months ago
Reply to  yaya mfiti

I feel sad for this type of comment.

Forgive them
Forgive them
9 months ago

Ife omwe tikulifunira dziko lathu zabwino,
Komanso omwe timawakonda ana anthu tikavotera mtsogoleri aliyense yemwe atayimire alliance ya MCP/UTM,ife simakape oti bola zathu zikuyenda ayi,tili ndi ana omwe tikufuna adzakhale ndi tsogolo labwino osati mbava zogulitsa ndi phiri lomwe,tione zina,
Chakwera and Chilima you have my vote and that of my family

Peloma Pepe
Peloma Pepe
9 months ago

So, it was a lie when you said you would announce who will lead the alliance! Why should people wait until presentation of the nomination papers?

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