The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is seeking an alliance with former ruling People’s Party (PP) of Joyce Banda in an effort to lock out southern region for the 2019 elections, Nyasa Times understands.
DPP director of elections Kondwani Nankhumwa has been courting fired PP acting leader Uladi Mussa to bring on fold his support base in the former ruling party for a alliance.
Apparently, some PP member of parliament are warming up to the idea and secretary general Ibrahim Matola is also party.
However, the alliance will exclude PP’s founder Joyce Banda.
PP spokesman Noah Chimpeni said he could not immediately comment on the matter because he had “no idea”.
Nankhumwa also kept his comment close to the chest but hinted that in politics “there are no permanent enemies” and that “anything can happen.”
A latest report by London-based influential intelligence publication the Africa Confidential painted a grim picture for DPP in the run up to 2019 elections, saying its administration is riddled with widespread corruption, nepotism and infighting.
Africa Confidential is one of the longest-established specialist publications on Africa, with a considerable reputation for being first with in-depth news and analysis on significant political, economic and security developments across the continent.
But government spokesman and Minister of Information and Communications, Nicolas Dausi, s rejected the report titled ‘Mutharika’s uncertain future’ as “unfair and baseless.”