Chilima touts UTM-MCP alliance as sure victory: ‘A well thought through decision’

UTM Party president Saulos Chilima has assured that the ‘grand alliance’ that the party is going into with Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and other parties is a well thought through decision and they should believe in it, saying ‘ wind of change has come’ as the country prepares fresh presidential elections.

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Chilima, 46, who is also the county’s Vice President was speaking to thousands upon thousands  of his supporters during a political rally at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre  on Sunday which was televised by private broadcasters, Times, Zodiak, Mibawa and social media users streaming in live.

He said the alliance that UTM has entered into with MCP and other parties is a formidable force that will give Malawians a new era with outright victory against the 80-year-old President Peter Mutharika of the governing Democratic Porgressive Party (DPP).

“Others are very sceptical about our alliance with MCP. Let me tell you that ‘inetu ndimaganiza boo and izizi ndinaganiza boo heavy’,” said Chilima in quoloqial slung to resonate well with mostly of his youthful supporters.

SKC, as he is fondly called by his flowers, said even when he was leaving DPP to form UTM, he had a well thought out plan and so too now when UTM is entering into an electoral alliance with MCP.

“We will have a signing ceremony this week and then we will announce who the leaders of this alliance will be. But do not worry UTM will be there forever,” said Chilima to the cheering cloud.

He also said the alliance has been necessitated with the recent court interpretation of the electoral majority law of  50 percent plus one vote departing from electing the President through First-Past-the-Post

The 50-plus-one system means that a winning candidate should amass more than 50 percent of the votes to be crowned president while the  First-Past-the-Post  allows whoever gets more votes than other candidates to be crowned president irrespective of whether the margin is minimal or large..

“It will not make sense to go it alone and then later hold a run off election because we have failed to secure the 50 plus 1 majority vote. It is better to join hands now so that we win with a 60 plus 12 percent majority vote [Malawians should be governed by a president elected by a majority of voters],” said Chilima.

Cools off alliance fears

Chilima dismmissed fears that UTM will be swallowed up due to the alliance with MCP.

” UTM is here to stay and will remain intact, so will MCP and the other parties. This country needs fixing and we are going into the alliance after careful consideration. The alliance is meant to pull our separate strengths together ,” said Chilima.

He said by going into the alliance, UTM is not doubting is capacity to win the fresh elections alone but upon realising that there is strength in unity.

Chilima  assured Malawians that the alliance is a vehicle for outright victory and redeem the country from further destruction.

“With this alliance Malawians from all concerns of the country will be united and pull their strength and aspirations together,” he said.

He said looking at the “tippexed election” results of the 2019 polls,  it is clear that the combination of himself and Dr Lazarous Chakwera of MCP is a formidable force that DPP/UDF alliance can not beat.

Chilima also announced that going forward the alliance partners will hold joint rallies across the country.

He then urged Malawians to register enmasse, get ready to vote and safequard their vote from being stolen again.

During the rally, Umodzi Party President Professor John Chisi who has been a staunch supporter of DPP joined UTM while George Mnensa of Mafunde party and Davis Katsonga announced their support of the allaince with MCP.

Some members of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Peoples Party (PP), Freedom Party (FP) also attended the Njamba rally while awaiting signing ceremony of the alliance on Thursday in Lilongwe.

Chilima was reinstated as Vice President by the Constitutional Court after nullifying the May 2019 elections.

He arrived at the venue with Police vehicle sirens and his vehicle bearing the number plate MG 2 designated for the second-in-command of the country.

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Mike
Mike
7 months ago

United we stand, divided we fall. This grand coalition is a ticking time bomb. Too many masters to please if at all they win. When all is said and done, it is the MCP that will be victorious with roaring chants and distant obscure echoes of UTM, PP in the background.

Mike
Mike
7 months ago

United we stand divided we fall

Chiombagaga
Chiombagaga
7 months ago

Komatu Tambala kumuika pamodzi ndi Kendulo yoyaka zinthu ziwiri zichitika; Tambalayo kupsa kapena Kendulo kuzima. Koma Chimanga kuchiphatikiza ndi Manja ogwilana ndiye kuti Chimangacho chikhazikika sichitayika. Pa alliance ya Tambala ndi Candle, chimodzi mwa izi chichitika, TAMBALA KUPSA KAPENA CANDLE IZIMA. DZUKANI ATAMBALA INU….MUKUTI KWACHA KOMA INU MULIMTULO…, TAMBALA WANJI WOGONA KUNJA KUTACHA KALE…….MUONA NYEKHWE

Nyekhwe 3
7 months ago

Maloto a chumba. UTMCP is going nowhere. Any party that partners MCP shall never win an election. Worse still, MCP has shown nkhanza to southerners by beating and chasing them from Lilongwe and central region during demonstrations and that gesture has reminded all southerners of who to vote for come May 2020. MCP has actually campaigned for the victory of DPP, courtesy of the HRDC demos. MCP has not changed. And those that were born after 1993 have seen for themselves the MCP’s philosophy of nkhanza, murder and tribalism. You should have been in Lilongwe over the past 10 months… Read more »

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
7 months ago
Reply to  Nyekhwe 3

NO WONDER YOU CALL YOURSELF NYEKHWE 3, MBUZI YA MUNTHU, A COPLETE IDIOT. TRIBALISM HAS BEEN NICKNAMED LHOMWELISM, MURDER IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE KILLING OF PEOPLE WITH ALBINISM AND BOTH THESE ARE ORDER OF THE DAY IN DPP.

chataika
chataika
7 months ago

Dont be fooled you fellow malawians. History has it that no opposition parties formed alliances and take over power go to mozambique, zambia, south africa, kenya, namibia, mauritius, you name it. Hwy is that so? the answer is very simple. The agreements are made administratively and not politically so voters think it wise to vote for the incumbent president so that all candidates in opposition should cry foul! And this is what gona happne ndawamva ambiri achinyamata a utm’wo akuti chilima watipusitsa kwabasi and angalore u runningmate this time we wanted him to be the utm torchbearer and they say… Read more »

SAUNDERS
SAUNDERS
7 months ago
Reply to  chataika

Gwape iwe, all those Countries you have mentioned here is not Malawi, idiot!

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
7 months ago
Reply to  chataika

Keep on sleeping on the past events. Tikukamba za pano baba, shine your eyes, kumawona patali komanso patsogolo osati zambwerera brother. Kumaganiza bhooo heavy, tulo basi awaaaa

Gome
Gome
7 months ago

DPP IS NO LONGER A POPULAR PARTY

Citizen Number 1
Citizen Number 1
7 months ago

RECENTS And Zio Ine, Even you toothless old fool is more pompus than Chilima!

Revolution
7 months ago

The problem with utm is that it is like a refuse collection vehicle that goes around cities and municipalities collecting any waste kaya ndi galu wakufa. Mpaka mwatola Yunus Mussa? This guy is just a disgruntled guy. I would not be surprised to see Uladi Mussa joining the party. Malawians these are the same people who are responsible for our miserable lives. They started with Muluzi, went to dpp, went to PP and now afika ku ntaya ku UTM. Izi ndiye za umve tikukanazi. Iwe Chilima that is why you got 4 MPs.

Bwenzi lokonda
Bwenzi lokonda
7 months ago

This alliance is good for chilima because it helps him save his face. After being dumped by adad he’s is very bitter and keen on revenge. Let’s wait and see, Dr laz will dump him again that is when he will realise that he always takes the wrong approach to power. Apa zaka zina wapakaliyala

Omex70
Omex70
7 months ago
Reply to  Bwenzi lokonda

Ukunama iwe, cadet. Dr Laza can not dump Chilima at all after winning the elections. Ukumva kuwawa kuti ukadet uja watha chak chino.

chataika
chataika
7 months ago
Reply to  Omex70

UUUhhhhhh baba anamusiya bwanji Msowoya, lero amusiya bwanji Mia, konga konga amayi JB ndiye basi awatayiratu and za Khumbo ndiye iiiiiiii ndikasambe mmanja kaye kkkkkkkkkk

RECENTS
7 months ago

Chilima is a loser. Slow thinker. Time will teach him the laws of life. Too pompous for nothing.

SAUNDERS
SAUNDERS
7 months ago
Reply to  RECENTS

He is the vice President of the Republic of Malawi, what type of a loser are you talking about? Musova kikkkkk!

If you think about it
If you think about it
7 months ago
Reply to  RECENTS

True thats why he has been able to attain the level of success he has. We need such losers and slow thinkers maybe the nation can elevate itself in due course

Mulopwana
7 months ago

lol hahahahahaha what a nice response

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
7 months ago
Reply to  RECENTS

NTCHONA is packing for real this time.

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