Malawi opposition DPP, UDF plan merger — Mpinganjira

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) are planning a merger in which former president Peter Mutharika will lead and deputised by UDF’s Atupele Muluzi until a national convention is held, according to DPP spokesman Brown Mpinganjira.

UDF ‘s Andrew Nkhana 

This is confirmed in a recent audio recording where Mpinganjira and a senior UDF official, Andrew Nkhana are discussing an intended merger.

In the audio, Mpinganjira informs Nkhana that it is only “KN” (Kondwani Nankhumwa) and Bright Msaka who are against the merger” because of fear of competition from Muluzi of UDF at the convention.

He emphasizes “the top (DPP) leadership are for it (merger)”.

Recently, Muluzi  —who was running mate for former president Peter Mutharika in the court-ordered June 23 Fresh Presidential Election—disclosed that his party will maintain its alliance with DPP up to the next general election.

Muluzi, who is son to former president Bakili Muluzi, said the two parties’ alliance was important to ensure a strong opposition in the country.

Ernest Thindwa, a political science lecturer at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, said UDF is being pragmatic, realising winning an election with 50-percent-plus-one vote is a toll order if the party were to go it alone.

He said: “The absolute majority requirement to claim victory in the presidential race will tend to incentivise parties to seek electoral alliances.”

The DPP and UDF working partnership goes back to Mutharika’s five-year term from May 2014. The two parties went into a working arrangement to guarantee votes in the National Assembly and support the government’s legislative agenda.

In that period, Muluzi held numerous ministerial positions. But in their arrangement pertaining to the fresh presidential election, Mutharika appointed three UDF members into various Cabinet positions, including Muluzi himself.

Currently, Mutharika is facing calls for an early convention to elect his successor after his defeat in the June 23 election. However, the former president has not taken lightly the calls and the party’s central committee has since summoned secretary general Grezelder Jeffrey and others to disciplinary hearings.

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Nyekhwest .
Nyekhwest .
1 month ago

nde mwati nyekhwe ikapola odzatulaamulira adzakhale atupele?
dikirani mpaka 2084 Wooo!

FEDERALISM SUPPORTER
1 month ago

The DPP and UDF will never quit politics of regionalism—it is in their blood and will never stop at nothing. If Chakwera and Chilima want to unite Malawi must consider FEDERALISM as the only good political system to thwart these two political parties’s regionalism and tribalism politics. This is a clear and present danger for Malawi. Give each region a bigger say in electing the president of Malawi. We have three regions and not four that all of them need to be given a bigger say in electing the president of Malawi. Each region must be allocated points according to… Read more »

mascot
mascot
1 month ago

is there a more regional part in Malawi than MCP. Anakana multiparty anthu amenewa

Mpakateni
1 month ago

UDF boma, UDF boma. It is Muluzi who is smiling at this decision and his payers have been heard. IF you merger what name will be the new party. UDF will be the name of the new party. You can’t beat amangwetu. Mpinganjira will be more pleased to name the the new party UDF because he is still habouring the ambition of becoming the president of Malawi. He will use all the tactics to throw away the young Muluzi.Sorry Mulli and Mchacha you will have no party to support.

Camp Chiponda
Camp Chiponda
1 month ago

What is going to change??? aren’t we bedmates already???

Herb
Herb
1 month ago

with the 50+1 alliances and mergers will be the order of the day. The reason the MCP is in power today is because the centre is united and NEVER splits a vote. The reason the north fails to be a formidable force in politics is because they have failed to stand behind one voice. Aford tried but everyone wants to be in control. Now the south is largely split between these 2 parties. However a merger may be a good idea to also have a block. Divided you will fall. That said all the blocks should be willing to support… Read more »

Herb
Herb
1 month ago

unite the parties and consolidate the vote basi. Come 2025 you will be a force to reckon with. A united southern vote is a force to reckon with. You will be better placed to form an alliance with whoever. Kaya UTM kaya MCP. No problem ife sitidya nawo

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
1 month ago
Reply to  Herb

Kodi mu vernacular merger ndi coalition kusiyana kwake ndi cha? Anthu awa ndikuyetsa anali kale pa mugwilizano? Kuthadi ma pulani uku, kkkkk

josolo
josolo
1 month ago
Reply to  Fake Petros

coalition is mgwirizano. Merger chipani chimodzi. You my friend are just afraid

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 month ago

Dzinalo dzinalo. United Progressive Party (UPP)???, just a thought, kikikikiiiiiiii. Koma kutha ma pulani kwakee.

mtete
mtete
1 month ago

Correction: 1) There is no way Nankhumwa can fear Atupele on leadership role should DPP and UDF decide to merge.
2) It’s good to hear the two parties want to officiate their marriage. This will ensure they die together just like Romeo and Juliet
Their life expectancy is now less than a year. They are beyond redemption.

Gule Wankulu
Gule Wankulu
1 month ago

Tinakuuzani kale kuti Brown Mpinganjira’s middle name is Chipasupasu

SANITIZE.
SANITIZE.
1 month ago

Kalimeni nandolo basi chatha chipani…..mwamva eeeeeeeeeeh kumeneko chatha eeeeee, iiiiiiyaaaaa,UDF X DPP kutha ngati makatani.

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