MCP rejects electoral partnership:  Chakwera upbeat to be next Malawi leader

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) the biggest opposition to President Peter Mutharika’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has  said there are no discussions for a possible electoral partnership with  the former governing People’s Party (PP) and the new party UTM ahead of May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Chakwera:  MCP torch bearer

Rev Munthali: MCP is not in any formal alliance talks

MCP publicity secretary the Reverend Maurice Munthali said his party Mpresident Lazarus Chakwera—who is also leader of opposition in Parliament— has been having meeting with leaders of PP and UTM, respectively, saying that did not amount to alliance talks.

“There is nothing on the table in terms of alliance. There is nothing being discussed along the lines.

Suffice  to say that our president is not restricted from talking and intereacting  with other party leaders and that should not be taken as party-to-party courtship. An alliance cannot be discussed by the  party president but the party machinery,” said Munthali on Times Radio.

He ruled out Chakwera paving way for another  person to be torch bearer of an opposition grand coalition in the 2019 Tripartite Elections, a  move he says would be just as “appalling” .

“There are no alliance discussion withing the MCP at all,” stressed Munthali.

Political analysts have pointed out ythat  a possible coalition could prove a formidable force in the elections if the parties involved do proper ground work.

But MCP spokesman said they have done their ground work and are confident to have the political voter arithmetic to win the next elections.

“We are so confident to remove DPP on our own as MCP and form the next government. Chakwera has the capacity to win and indeed he will win,” he said.

Munthali said MCP was “united and ready to bring change in 2019”.

“The message we are getting from Malawians is that we are the only party that can reddem them from all the agonies they are facing. In that vein, we are very confident that, if we go solo, we would make it,” he added.

MCP president has been trying to broaden the appeal of a party that traditionally relied on the support of Central Region since he replaced John Zenus Ungapake Tembo.

The  MCP has steadily grown and broadened its support base and making in roads in populous  Southern Region since it welcomed Sidik Mia, now the party vice president.

Mutharika , 79, will be hoping to win back the support of DPP voters who switched to the UTM aftera breakaway of some of its key members. He is tipped as front runner for a second  and final term as per the Constitution.

During the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections, President Mutharika—standing on the DPP ticket with Saulos Chilima as his running mate on the ballot paper—won with 1 904 99 votes, representing 36.4 percent while Chakwera polled 27.8 percent, having amassed 1 455 880. Joyce Banda (PP), then an incumbent who had ascended to the presidency in line with constitutional order in April 2012, finished a distant third with 1 056 236 votes or 20.2 percent.

In terms of parliamentary representation, during the 2014 elections DPP won 50 seats, MCP 48, PP 26 and independents 52. Erstwhile governing UDF won 14 seats with Aford and the now-defunct Chipani Cha Pfuko getting one seat each.

But a recent survey conducted by the Zomba-based Institute of Public Opinion and Research (Ipor) between August and September this year has showed that DPP would have a slender edge over MCP if elections were held now while  Chilima’s UTM—which was weeks old at the time of the survey—was rated third most popular ahead of next year’s elections.

Respondents to the study gave DPP 33 percent of the vote, MCP 31 percent and UTM 17 percent while PP got six percent rating.

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Wamasiye
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Wamasiye

I never met my Grandfather because he was brutally murderded by the ruthless MCP, I will never forgve you

William Hague
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William Hague

The biggest challenge in African politics is disregard for alliances after elections win. There’s no guarantee the winning president will honour alliance principles. Malawi constitution does not recognise alliances. This is why no one wants to be running mate.

Ndatopa
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Ndatopa

YOU ARE ALL SILLY !

Chipani cha kupha
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Chipani cha kupha

Chakwera is a very weak leader, he can’t govern his own party which is do divided right now!

Chipani cha kupha
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Chipani cha kupha

who is the leader of MCP? Mia or Chakwera?

Mudzi
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Mudzi

why would anyone form an alliance with MCP with its history of serious human rights abuse, MYP, kupha anthu osalakwa kuoponya mu shire River, quota system, and we dont know who the leader is is it Chakwera or Mia

SUPER NATURAL MIRACLES
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SUPER NATURAL MIRACLES

TOGETHER WE STAND DEVIDED WE FALL —

SUPER NATURAL MIRACLES
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SUPER NATURAL MIRACLES

IT SEEMS WE HAVE SELFISH + STURBON LEADERS —NOW IS THE RIGHT TIME TO COME UP WITH WORKABLE ALLIANCE’S —NOBODY WILL ENTERTAIN YOUR GRIEVANCES AFTER LOSING ELECTIONS ON STAND ALONE TICKET —SELFISH LEADERS !!

mtete
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mtete

I think an alliance will do MCP more damage than the other parties. So, yes, there should not be any talk of alliances. My appeal is to Malawians. of good intentions to seriously reflect and vote wisely to dismember DPP and reduce it to mince meat come May2019

Tiwone zina
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Tiwone zina

I don’t think anyone wants to form an alliance with MCP, it is a deeply divided party, has the weakest leader and has the worst human rights record ever! Chipani cha nkhanza, chakupha,

Nameless
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Nameless

All u have is phone only, u have nothing not even brain in head, I doubt if this words u utter are frm the mouth.!? Coz is as good as shit…! Leave MCP alone we don’t need ur vote ldiot.

Mudzi
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Mudzi

A nameless, The truth hurts, based on your reaction

Josia
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Josia

Bodza

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