MCP agree alliance with UTM, Chakwera as torchbearer

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) national executive committee meeting in Lilongwe on Friday night agreed to have talks with UTM Party team on a possible electoral alliance for the forthcoming first ever Malawi fresh elections but with a condition that MCP presidential hopeful  Lazarus Chakwera be torch bearer.

Chakwera has been given the mandate  by MCP to ascertain such terms of an alliance agreement

MCP executive members pointed out that the party is already in an alliance with People’s Party (PP) of former president Joyce Banda and Freddom Party of former vice-president Khumbo Kachali.

Chakwera is torch bearer of this alliance with Sidik Mia, the MCP first deputy president as his running mate.

MCP members welcomed the move to include UTM Party of State vice-president Saulos Chilima in the alliance to enhance their chances of winning the 50-plus-one majority threshold as required by the law to avoid a run-off.

Spokesperson of MCP, Reverend Maurice Munthali said the party  passed a resolution that gives  Chakwera “ full powers to constitute a qualified team to support his pursuit of an alliance through negotiations with the UTM team designated for that purpose.”

Reads a statement issued by MCP: “Pursuant to Article 3(12) of the Constitution of Malawi Congress Party on the need to work with other political parties with which MCP shares ‘a common vision’, the MCP National Executive Committee (NEC) passed a resolution at its meeting of February 28th, 2020, giving the President, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, full powers to enter negotiations with his UTM counterpart on the prospect of an alliance between the two parties.

“Premised on the same constitutional provision, MCP entered into a mutual working relationship with the People’s Party and Freedom Party prior to, during and beyond the 2019 tripartite elections.”

Munthali explained in the statement that Chakwera has been given the mandate to ascertain such terms of an alliance agreement as will be most beneficial for Malawi and its people.

“The MCP NEC believes that empowering the party president with this mission is the best way to harness the national gains that both parties have cultivated together with all patriotic Malawians over the last eight months in which the whole nation fixed its gaze on the Constitutional Court where the MCP and UTM presidents were both petitioners.

“Knowing that the court case was a fight for justice and the political rights of every voter aggrieved by MEC’s mismanagement of the 2019 presidential election, the MCP NEC is confident that the negotiations with UTM will be conducted in good faith and bear fruit to help galvanize the majority of the electorate towards victory and lasting change in the fresh elections scheduled for Tuesday, 19th May 2020,” reads the statement in part.

Munthali said the  resolution conforms to the MCP’s well-established value of contact and dialogue, its inimitable sensitivity to the aspirations of Malawians, and its quest for a mew Malawi marked by efforts at “Uniting Malawians” as enshrined in the second pillar of the “Chakwera Super Hi-5.”

The MCP leader and Chilima were putting a united front in their court appearances during the presidential election petition case hearing, and they both endorsed the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC)-led protests against the elections’ outcome, sometimes joining in the demonstrations.

Political analyst Henry Chingaipe has said an alliance between MCP and UTM Party should have been done long ago but it did not happen “because of egos”.

Chingaipe added that   unity of purpose among political elites at a certain level has some chance of creating real unity among supporters of the various parties.

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Gule
Gule
8 months ago

Imagine awa a Chakwera kukhala president, nkhope yake imeneyo….iiiiih, koma Malawi. MCP tinaiyesa kale, inakanika. Ino si nthawi ya try and error. Awa kwawo kudzangokhala kubwera ndi pride yokuti atenganso boma. They will think akhalamo mpaka kale kale. Nthawi ya phada pano tilibe pilizi. Sinthawi yopanga chuma cha ana ako ino, ndi nthawi yopanga chuma cha dziko la Malawi.

Atsogo
Atsogo
8 months ago

mukufuna kungompusitsa Chilima

Medson
Medson
8 months ago

who need who. If mcp agrees do utm agrees if not why ur head line says agrees.
I prefer utm mcp go alone.

Ochakwera
Ochakwera
9 months ago

The only solution is to follow the Kenyan model. Parties coming together to form an alliance under a different brand. Having MCP join UTM or the other way round is not an alliance. If they go into an alliance then let’s call, say, “Umodzi Alliance” or “Tiyende limodzi Alliance” Otherwise forget about alliance business.

Mofolo
Mofolo
9 months ago

Chilima or bust zimenezi timati ndale palibe za mgwirizano ndi chipani cha kupha cha magazi ngati MCP

chimalidzeni
9 months ago

Join the discussion… Chilima First Vice President and Mia Second Vice President. problem solved

Matatizo
Matatizo
9 months ago

Koma tikunamizidwa . Waiting for the official announcement otherwise tizidanapo coz of hearsays

Moses
Moses
8 months ago
Reply to  Matatizo

Ineso ndikuona honcho

Botomani
Botomani
9 months ago

Chilima ndi malonda opanda msika. The DPP does not want him and they are fine without him and so is MCP. Two powerful parties that can go again by themselves without UTM and still have a chance to do well. Chilima is the one who needs the others more. He should be content to go as VP wherever they have him, if they can have him at all, otherwise Chilima is wasting time if he thinks he will be torch bearer for DPP or MCP.

eka
eka
8 months ago
Reply to  Botomani

Man think Ubuntu . I am because we are . Don’t have selfish thoughts. We need each other. We live for each we are fighting a common cause. Neither MCP or UTM 🔥💪 are much more superior than the other.

K.kagalu.
K.kagalu.
8 months ago
Reply to  eka

Not in politics, that is why we have many political parties in one Malawi. If we all have one common goal why to have different parties? What they guy on top of you is saying,is very true, Chilima should just be as low is he is so that he should be uplifted by MCP otherwise these big parties they are ok on their own. I can assure you that he will be no where in the politics of he can not join his hands with MCP because,I don’t even think DPP have ever given a thought of him after the… Read more »

BigMan
BigMan
8 months ago
Reply to  Botomani

No one in their right mind would want to join the DPP at this moment in time. Don’t kid yourself, they were caught red handed stealing the election and there is no way in hell that they can win the next election. Not even close.

Buhaha
Buhaha
9 months ago

Apparently the formula is talks now, think about positions later. Mukhapana ndi zikwanje.

Mtete
Mtete
9 months ago

That Chakwera becomes the Torch Bearer while Mia is running mate is a non-starter. Don’t be childish MCP. In the proposed alliance Chilima becomes running mate Full stop. Otherwise forget an alliance and let DPP triumph.You will then see the wrath of Malawians. In fact this could spell the death of one of you.

K.kagalu.
K.kagalu.
8 months ago
Reply to  Mtete

Back to sender!

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