Dzuka Malawi: The joke of opposition alliance, one man band on the march

Edwin Banda, a legal mind who once was Nkhotakota Central MP has reappeared at the political table as a member of the United Independence Party formed by the departed “mbatata” coiner late Hellen Singh. Well I never heard of the defection. But here we are, we have him sitting at opposition table.

Then add bwana Nnesa of Mafunde, another former MP for Balaka somewhere in Utale, after loosing spectacularly in 2014, he took a sabbatical and returned to his business. Now he is back at the table as a member of opposition alliance.

Angoni Sam Mpasu, one of my favourate writers of all time, but one of the most biased Speakers only beaten to the record by Davies Katsonga’s reign, is still in charge of New Labour Party, a party, he, Dr. Cassim Chilumpha and Friday Jumbe engineered out of the UDF when “baby” Atupele Muluzi upstaged them after acting for sometime. Mpasu also appeared at the table of opposition alliance.

Of course, businessman and PPM President Mark Katsonga s about to do what he does every four years, dip into his ailing businesses finances and sponsor his self gratification ambition- dreaming in colour as being more popular enough to become a President. PPM ended with the retirement of Aleke Banda. But here we are, after concentrating business, we have President Mark back at the summit of opposition alliance.

Add longtime lawyer, former MP for Karonga South West and who tested Cabinet position- Bazuka Mhango. I thought he had retired after the party- not sure whether it was MGODE or DPP or Republican or Aford had not backed him at polls. Anyway that’s of yesterday, the former legal wizard Bazuka is back, of course as a member of opposition alliance.

I can imagine soon we will see Alliance for Democracy’s Enock Chihana and his potential rival to Aford’s presidency- Frank Mwenefumbo at the table. I can add the usual suspects- Kamuzu Chibambo, John Chisi and someone else we cant pin point now.

I have added a little bit of history on each. I will not say much on Sidik Mia’s interview with Times TV this week, where unnamed people told him Malawians were missing “wise and dynamic” leadership in Malawi politics. I am sure that’s the new code word for his “generous handouts.” That’s a story for another day.

Then we have the Peoples Party- a former ruling party (backdoor entry) for two years, which lost classically and has no leadership. Uladi Mussa is hoping to become a player in 2019 elections. He has always dreamed big since Dr. Bakili Muluzi in 2002 promised him to become a running mate before the Muslim Association of Malawi pressured Muluzi to pick Cassim Chilumpha to partner late Bingu wa Mutharika. Him too, just like Sidik Mia wrongly believe Muslims will follow them. Again, cut my middle finger if Mangochi, Machinga and Balaka would follow Malawi Congress Party.

So Peoples Party would want to bargain a big position in any alliance, so rule them out for now joining “smaller parties” at the summit unless their position is clear. That’s reality of opposition alliance.

But wait a minute- Aford will be rocked in usual leadership wrangles as Frank Mwenefumbo wants the top seat to bargain for his next political move. Khumbo Kachali and his Freedom Party will want to shock and awe the same region, I am sure Loveness Gondwe’s Rainbow Party will be up again and then we have Chris Daza’s DEPECO with its mysterious financiers.

Of course I am aware where Enock Chihana collected his equivalent of 45 million kwacha to boost his ailing Aford. Yes, suddenly he has enough money to put up road show.

The problem with the opposition alliance and the problem with Reverend Lazarus Chakwera will be the opposition alliance. Most of its members have been tried and tested and rejected in their constituencies. They have failed to build party structures.

The Peoples Party has bled a lot, even its core members dumping it. The opportunists who came left much earlier and its former Vice Presidents Brown Mpinganjira, Cassim Chilumpha, Sidik Mia and Khumbo Kachali now wearing various party colours. The ground does not hold for PP. Next election would spell its natural death.

The two Aford MP’s will loose their seats- that I can bet my black foot toe. They have nothing new to offer. The rest of alliance members will not even add votes to Chakwera, actually for those in the south, the mere association of having them will see Chakwera loose in some constituencies where these people were rejecting.

I still don’t believe anyone can read politics in Malawi more than someone I know. The truth is the opposition alliance that is slowly emerging is “nafenso tikadye” and want to ride on social media popularity of Chakwera and his MCP.

Dzuka Malawi, by 2019, we should be voting people with concrete programmes not ultimatums which do not make sense. How can you give 2 years- when you know the DPP has 21 months to finish its term? Two years is 24 months, meaning the opposition alliance has already given up and expect to task DPP somewhere in July, 2019.

Dzuka Malawi, the opposition alliance are briefcase parties and Malawi Congress Party which has failed to win the 66 seats in Central Region. It has not penetrated Ntcheu, the whole Salima south area and parts of Nkhotakota and Kasungu. Even Lilongwe city constituencies, Dowa Central and Ntchisi. This is the biggest challenge for Chakwera- he needs to win all the constituencies in the Centre, get 20 in the North and claim at least 20 in the south for him to win Presidency. There are 93 seats in Southern Region (that includes Eastern region).

DPP to the contrast needs to maintain its current seats and increase seats in central region by 10 and five more in the North, then it is home and dry. These are facts and figures. Until someone shows me constituencies in the North and South and Ntcheu where Chakwera’s new found buddies can emphatically win, I would still consider the opposition alliance as a joke of one man bands on the march. Dzuka Malawi- we might need to stand on our own and form independents alliance!

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Psyuta
Guest

These are brutal facts, Let’s embrace them . No hard feelings. More fire Rudo !!!

Lamsy
Guest

Yes, the analysis could be sensible considering the fact that Bingu defeated the alliance of John Tembo and Dr. Bakili Muluzi in 2009 election. We should be able to draw the difference between wishes, predictions, analysis & God’s will / reality.

Mahera
Guest

Rudo, I thought you are in Malawi. But it seems you were writing this article while asleep, or you are still in 2014.

mathews malata
Guest

mukutha nthawi ndi kuwawata wawata inu a Rudo, enawa ndimantha chabe ,lets wait 2019 and see what will happen,, sipazakhala chisoni pamenepo,,u will see this person also moving from Malawi to else where

I love Malawi
Guest

Fair analysis, tamva ndipo nzoona kuti DPP itenganso boma in 2019.MCP will lose some of its seats to the Dpp, pp will also lose most of its seats to the Dpp,giving no chance to the opposition parties to claim victory

martin
Guest

Rudo, i used to think you’re one of Malawi ‘ s think tanks but you are as useless as the politicians themselves -maybe even worse. As a writer, you shouldn’t be feeding us your rubbish- rather use realities and facts than pretending -while all of us can see which side you belong. What percentage DPP won with against MCP in 2014 and you have the balls to call them brief case opposition – stupid brainless bustard.

Nostradamas
Guest

Walemba nkhaniyi ndi wa DPP and zikuonekelatu kuti simukugona tulo ndi MCP Mukhaula come 2019 .

Lt. Fraser Chakhaza
Guest
Rudo Tariro, you are the most joker of all jokers. You think you know all Malawians better than anyone else. You think you know Malawian politics than anyone else in Malawi. You think you are a political scientist…no, not all. You are living behind times and you are not in touch with reality. Your articles indeed leaves a lot to be desired and your identity in terms of which political party you are campaigning for was already revealed time immemorial. You are basing your argument on history not facts. Malawians have changed and cannot be fooled anymore. May be because… Read more »
Kaitano
Guest
Sorry you have missed one thing, lets see together you and me, MCP is a biggest Opposition party in Malawi that much you should know, MCP without Alliance can do it and you know that as well, lets talk the past elections, i don’t know if i should call you brother or sister because your name can be for both,you pretty know what happened and your heart is a witness here. Chakwera took the day but forces and darkness had to push him a way so that many things should be revealed in this country, According to your thoughts just… Read more »
Awize
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No single party in Malawi can defeat DPP come May,2019. Take it or not but form alliances otherwise DPP will have no mercy on all so-called political parties in Malawi. Their presidents can not even secure a parliamentary seat in the National Assembly. It is right and wise to call some parties “briefcase parties” for the simple reason “they represent nobody in the Legislative Assembly” and they only make a lot of noise for nothing. DPP idzawanyenya-nyenya, mugwirizane mupange “human wall” chire pano otherwise, all these parties big and small will face a disastrous downfall in 2019. Make my word.… Read more »

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