MCP, UTM agree power-sharing deal: VP Chilima to double as Malawi purse keeper

Tonse Alliance presidential ticket pair of torchbearer Lazarus Chakwera and his running mate Saulos Chilima on Wednesday held a meeting with top brass of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party to cement their partnership with a deal of power-sharing Cabinet  if they  form the next government after the June 23  fresh presidential elections, Nyasa Times understands.

Done deal: Chakwera and Chilima with their deputies Usi and Mia

Part of the deal include that for the first time the country should have an empowered Vice-President and that Chilima—widely known by his initials SKC— would double as minister of Finance as well as heading the public sector reforms.

Chilima will be the country’s purse keeper in order to oversee the implementation of the nine-party Tonse Alliance manifesto which includes reducing fertiliser from the current K22 000 to K4 495 per 50 kg bag, creating one million jobs within a year and  champion the public sector reforms and the economic reconstruction.

Nyasa Times understands that the highlights of the agreement are a 50-50 sharing of Cabinet and Civil Service positions in a government with MCP looking after its partners People’s Party (PP) of former president Joyce Banda and Freedom Party led by former vice-president Khumbo Kachali.

UTM will take care of its alliance partners Alliance for Democracy (Aford), Progressive People’s Movement (PPM), Mafunde and Petra.

They agreed on a 21-person Cabinet, with Chakwera keeping hold of most of the key ministerial posts for his MCP, including agriculture, health, defence, internal security, foreign affairs and Minister of State.

UTM was given the Finance, ministerial posts of lands, transport, education and sports, among others.

There will be two deputy ministers from each MCP and UTM making it four.

The power-sharing cabinet was the key component of alliance agreement.

MCP and UTM will also accommodate party bigwigs on both sides in other government positions including diplomatic posts.

Most of the country’s diplomats have their contracts expired and need replacement.

The rotational leadership arrangement was not part of the agreement.

But both Chakwera and Chilima assured their executive members who included deputy presidents, secretary generals and campaign directors of both parties that their pre-election agreement   is solid.

One of the official who attended the meeting said the deal has offered them a “realistic chance” of forming the next government.

The country is scheduled to hold the court-ordered fresh presidential election within 150 days from February 3 2020.

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Zabvuta
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Zabvuta

Koma boma ili likazangolowa pa mpando dziko lidzaonongeka koopsa plus ndarama zizaonongedwa kuposa cashgate ija ndipo chiwembu chidzakura m’malawi muno, makaradi mtundu opanda kwao ndi anthu akuba,kupha mopanda chisoni mix ngongole zimene osutsa alinazo akupangira kampenizi plus adapangira kampeni 2019 zikufunika kubwezedwa,anga ndi mantha kuti Malawi akupita ku chionongeko cha chipani cha ma criminals,kalanga ine,AMBUYE pulumutsani MW mu matsiku omalizawa pakuti otumikira inu akusiyani ndikukakwera chombo cha m’dyerekezi kufuna kusakaza ife a malawi.

BAKALI
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MALONDA A MPHAKA.

SAULOS: Man chakwera mphaka tikumufuna heavy tu.Zingati? Last time Ada ena adatigulitsa Mphaka koma analiwokalamba
CHAKWERA: Ankolo mphaka alipo mugondipatsilatu dollar, fast fast osachedwanso man.
SAULOS: Man timuwone nanga
CHAKWERA: Man,Sindingamutuluse ali mu katoni,amakala. iweyo ungondipatsa dolar ukatsegule katoni ukafika pa deni wamva Saulosi?
SAULOS: Eyadi eti? eni dollar Man. *gives money without seeing the Cat*

Zeze
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Kutha kwa TONSE alliance. Chilima mndi UTM kugwa nayo. Chima is trying to re-assure his UTM members but damage has already been done because it is clear this is a raw deal. Ife tinamva mawu a Chakwera.

Kay
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Kay

Kkkk how can it be 50-50 when there are 9 parties involved Kkkk. What stops Chakwera from reshuffling cabinet. Chicken brains

Nyekhwest .
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Nyekhwest .

Taonani bwino bwino pa hithunzi ichi
Akaladi awiri patsogolo
kenako anthu akuda awiri cha kumapeto kwakeko

do you know what that mean?

Bwana Wa Ulesi
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Bwana Wa Ulesi

Hahahahaha Tikufelanji part 50:50….. omalizila kwa akudawo atchena jekete yamuyikufelanji XXL

Kremlin
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Kremlin

It means it’s now time for us coloureds to be in government. We are also are Malawians. Remember Daud is coloured, so is Halima Daud and Mr Kaliati. Amene zikumuwawa aziphe

Super Duper
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Super Duper

Ma colored ndiwo sweka blonzi bad. Apaseni mipando yogulisa chamba

Shonai
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A barracks without a leader.Ngakhale Ku primary school kumakhala headmaster,.The headmaster decides on positions failing which ndi masewera Basi.

JONES
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JONES

Masikunso atha kale

JONES
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JONES

‘Nanyekwe’ that is part of managing change!

Nanyekwe
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Nanyekwe

Cracks can easily be seen right away from the beginning. Where did Chilima get the information that their leadership will be on rotational basis? Can Malawians trust a person who just wakes up in the morning and fabricate stories without consultations? Chilima lied to Malawians and am saying he lied because the deal does not stipulate such an agreement at all. Contracts should be legally binding. Chakwera said it openly that they have never talked about rotational leadership and this has been proved beyond reasonable doubt. This alliance has the capacity to win the next forthcoming presidential elections but unfortunately… Read more »

Mofolo
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Mofolo

Nkhani ndi yogawana ma udindo not kutukula a Malawi

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