Katsonga lures Chilima to opposition electoral block for 2019 Malawi watershed polls

Vice-President Saulos Chilima who is leading a new political sensation, United Transformation Movement(UTM) has been  persuaded to unite with at least nine opposition parties have so far shown interest in the electoral alliance as the 2019 Tripartite Elections are drawing closer.

Mark Katsonga: Opposition plots 2019 alliance

People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) president Mark Katsonga said the  possible alliance will be a force to oust ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and share same vision to deal with challenges the country is facing, especially unemployment.

He commented on reports doing rounds on social media that he has joined UTM, saying there have been talks with the movement to pull in one direction with other parties with DPP as a “common enemy”.

“DPP has failed Malawians and it is high time it was kicked out of government,” said Katsonga.

“Malawians are suffering and the economy is not ticking,” he added.

UTM secretary general Patricia Kaliati said there is hope of forming an alliance ahead of the polls.

She said Malawians need a government of the people, for the people and by the people, “and not the one we are currently have; of the party, for the party and to the party.”

DPP said it is not moved by the opposition’s strategy, saying if anything, it is a sign that the opposition has respect for the President Peter Mutharika and his party.

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi, who is also the government spokesperson, said as government and DPP, they see nothing new in alliances, saying such partnerships have failed in the past.

“Let us wait and see. This means they have respect for DPP as the strongest party in the country. As a party and government, our interest is to develop the country and Malawians are the best judge,” he said.

Since the introduction of multiparty politics in the country, opposition political parties have resorted to forming alliances ahead of elections in a bid to unseat the ruling party.

In the 1999 general elections, MCP made an alliance with Aford, but they lost to the United Democratic Front (UDF) led by Bakili Muluzi.

In 2004, Mgwirizano Coalition comprising MCP, Aford and other smaller parties again failed to dislodge the UDF, whose torchbearer was Bingu wa Mutharika, before he ditched the party to form DPP.

In 2009, MCP and UDF formed an alliance, which also failed to win while, in 2014, Tisintha Alliance, championed by George Nnesa of Mafunde, also worked in vain.

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Duli
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Duli

Tidzipani tating’onoting’ono…kkkkkkkkk

M'Malawi Weniweni
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M'Malawi Weniweni

Any coalition without MCP is non – starter. Other smaller parties will not add any value to the coalition.
In Malawi, coalitions are only possible where tint parties join bigger ones.
PPM, PETRA, MAFUNDE joined Chakuamba’s Republican Party in 2014. But it made hardly any difference other than increase the fortune of the Republica Party. PPM even paid dearly in its base because people also voted for RP MPs

For Malawi, only MCP-led or DPP-led coalitions can succeed, but at major cost to smaller partners.

Kent Y.G. Mphepo
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Kent Y.G. Mphepo

No, MCP was not part of Mgwirizano Coalition. Check your facts again. UDF came first, MCP of John Tembo second and Mgwirizano Coalition of Gwanda Chakwamba third.

Just correction.

Chilungamo Chimawawa
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Chilungamo Chimawawa

LET UTM, MCP AND ALL SMALLER PARTIES COME TOGETHER AND THAT WILL BE THE END OF DPP.

diso
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diso

chilungamo Chimawawa walasaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

moses
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moses

Inu a mcpmunayamba mawinapo, kodi kuwina mumakudziwa zinazi muzichita manyazi mukamayankhula inu ndi a opposition mwina mudikile after twenty years. Pakadali pano muzingothandizila amfumu kuledzela

Kibaki
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Kibaki

Uyunso uyu kamutu pang’ono kamutu sikakugwira. Iye sakuona kuti MCP yawina kale.

Tibamtunganya
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Tibamtunganya

Mwayambano kuiopa DPP kkkkkkk

Manzo
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Manzo

Komatu atumbuka mudzingovutika Ndi opposition,simudzalowa mmboma.inu Ndi aganyu basi kkkkkkkk

santana
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santana

Mr Katsonga, are you not currently with Joyce Banda on political alliances? Anthunu mwazungulira mitu kwambiri.

che nnungu
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Alhomwe okha okha awa. Mbava

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