DPP’s Chimunthu Banda endorses Tonse Alliance: ‘Chakwera-Chilima good for Malawi’

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator for Nkhotakota North and former Speaker of the National Assembly, Henry Chimunthu Banda, has said he is endorsing Tonse Alliance, for the fresh presidential elections and urged Malawians to vote for it.

Chimunthu Banda: For Tonse

Chimunthu Banda, who in March 2020 turned down a Cabinet post, claiming he was never consulted  by President Peter Mutharika before the announcement was made, told his constituents in Nkhotakota that he is backing Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidate Lazarus Cakwera.

“Change is here in the leadership of Dr Lazarus Chakwera and Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima who will take  Malawi to a next level,” he said.

Chakwera and his UTM Party counterpart Saulos Chilima, who is also the country’s Vice-President, are president and runningmate, respectively, of the Tonse Alliance which has a nine-party membership.

“I have been convinced that Malawians are desiring change of direction and my constituents are endorsing Tonse Alliance. Therefore, I also come along to be party to Tonse,” said Chimunthu Banda, who once served as DPP secretary general.

The former Speaker said he has assessed the political situation before coming up with his decision.

“I have made an assessment of the political situation and the developments in DPP . After taking a huge amount of thought, I feel Tonse Alliance is the way to go,” he said.

Governance commentator Makhumbo Munthali told Nyasa Times that Chimunthu Banda endorsement is “a morale boost” to the Tonse Alliance just a few days before the elections.

“Here is a man who commands the respect of many across political divide, and every political grouping would want to be associated with him,” said Munthali.

He added: “It was apparently clear that Chimunthu’s approach to politics was not in sync with the current DPP under Mutharika. His rejection of a Cabinet post was a clear signal that he was not party to be associated with the DPP way of life.”

Munthali said Chimunthu’s endorsement of Tonse Alliance is a question of protecting his good legacy having successfuly served as a leader of the House and head of the Legislature.

“In other words he doesn’t want to be on the wrong side of history,” he said.

Chimunthu Banda, who had previously served in various ministerial positions, was in March  appointed into Mutharika’s bloated 32-member Cabinet as Minister of Natural Resources and Mining.

He turned down the offer after weighing the packages he is getting as former Speaker which is equivalent to that of an ex-State vice-president.

In 2014, government approved the creation of the Office of the Former Speaker whose benefits are similar to those of a former vice-president.

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Bauleni
3 months ago

MCP yachaninso? za pioneer, one party system lero ? Olo munthu uli othodwa. Munthu sungamakavotele anthu ankhanza. we love our freedoms.

Chancy
Chancy
2 months ago
Reply to  Bauleni

Anthu ankhaza? I can see my friend you are one of those politicians who are hypocrites tgge truth is, Chakwera was not part if one party system he is new, Chilima knows nothing, but most seniors in Dpp were part of one party system let me remind you Bakili Mulizi now endorsed APM is the Former Secretary General of Mcp, Ntaba, Dausi etc were part of anthu ankhaza and Dausi was leader of youth once in Mcp you can see what ma Cadets are doing thats the hand of Dausi so i can see you are the enemy of progress… Read more »

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
3 months ago

Ili ndi lezala lotheratu,Tikumana kuma vote week yamawayiii!!Pitani ku ang’ona kwanuko kkk.We wondered to learn that yu have never attended any DPP rally in the North nor Nkhotakota.Is Nkhotakota for DPP or MCP, Ohh its 50-50 basi.

Namachende Chakwera auponda kkk.Tonse is not sailing this time though the Courts have sided

chinkwamawa Tembo
3 months ago

I join and support MWANA ALI NDI NZERU. at first, Chimunthu Banda contested at DPP convention in 2014 with financial support from joyce ntila cashgate banda. but he failed miserably.
Later he said he has retured from politics. Now in the Tripatite Elections, he contested on DPP ticket and won as MP. Now what chimunthu banda is forgeting is that those voted for him are DPP supporters and chimunthu supporters. therefore, asanamize a chakwera kuti awapatsa anthu apo ndiye awadyetsa galu.

Imran
Imran
3 months ago

Point of correction, Chimunthu Banda did not contest in 2014. He said has retired from Politics and was not on the ballot.

CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
3 months ago

Makhumbo Munthali nawenso ukuchita
uchitsilutsilu
ngati uja George Phiri
Zina kumakhala ngati siukuzimva
Wufika pauchinyalala, zija zochoka penti
Chimunthu Banda sanali owelengwdwa
ku DPP
Iwe Makhumbo,unamvapo Chimunthu,
wachititsa kapena kumutchula kumene pamnsonkhano wa DPP

Mubvi wa Chilungamo
Mubvi wa Chilungamo
3 months ago

ngati sanali owerengedwa nanga anamusankhilanji unduna?

Ian Gumba
Ian Gumba
3 months ago

Amutchula bwanji ngati DPP ndiyabwino ndiponso samayifuna. Munya ma cdet chaka chake ndichino mkakhala ku ndende ndi gogo wanuyo. Chimunthu ndi munthu wanzeru osati kaka chilumpha ndi ujinga wawo. Maliwa woyeeeeee ndi CHIMUNTHU

Bentby
3 months ago

Phungu wovera wanthu wake uyu. Wanthu akwathu ku dwambazi, kasitu, ngala, chigunda, kaongozi, mutupi, nkhunga, dwangwa. Tinawapempha bwana MP kuti ku dpp achokeko, ulamuliro wa dpp ngwasankho ndipo zathekadi. Am happy our wishes has been met. Chimumthu Henry Foster forever. ..

Mwana ali ndi Nzeru
Mwana ali ndi Nzeru
3 months ago

Akulu awa atinenetsa pambali; Asintha maganizo kangati? ADANGOMERA DAZI LOPANDANALO NZERU; poyamba adatiuza ndasiya ndale- kenaka kubweranso ku DPP; lero apanga endorse munthu winanso opanda nzeru ngati uyo; Kodi chipani atuluka?
Singadabwe nditava kuti akuluwa ali ndi akazi ambiri.

Zofu
Zofu
3 months ago

Chilima BBC yakuwuza za corona umati kulibe mpaka abwana ako apepesa

Milamba
3 months ago

Chimunthu has always been a traitor for DPP. When he was a DPP speaker, he surprisingly used to serve the interests of MCP. And now we are close to elections, he makes a move to discredit DPP. Akagwere uko. After all, kampeninso samatha kuli kukula milomo ndikulemera lilime. Fotseki. He is just opportunistic.

Lawyer Theu
3 months ago

Jayz and Beyonce and almost all BIllionaires endorsed HIllary Clinton including Obama. Voti ndi mumtima. I know who i will vote for bring on 23 july. Only dogs are foolish enoough to run back into the cages they escaped. Malawi is done with MCP and its oppressive regime we cant go back!! We know this.

gwabe
gwabe
3 months ago
Reply to  Lawyer Theu

So as we are done with your stupid udfdpp. get lost!

Tonse tatha
3 months ago

Kutha uku. Kubwera anthu atagawana kale Katundu wamasiye. Kapena muzakhala minister of women .kapena minister of Lake Malawi

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