MCP-UTM electoral combination doubtful, other  alliances likely – Analysts  

There is great possibility of  electoral partnerships in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections but analysts have doubted  the possibility of  opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP)  and and the newly registered party, UTM led by Vice-President Saulos Chilima, working together.

Talking but unlikely to partner: Vice President Saulosi Chilima and by Leader of the opposition in Parliament.Dr. Lazarous Chakwera

The analysts were commenting on reports  confirmed by MCP publicity secretary the Reverend Maurice Munthali of  meetings between MCP president Lazarus Chakwera—who is also leader of opposition in Parliament—and leaders of PP and UTM, respectively.

Governance expert and commentators Makhumbo Munthali told Nyasa Times that a recent survey conducted by the Zomba-based Institute of Public Opinion and Research (Ipor) between August and September this year  which showed that DPP would have a slender edge over MCP if elections were held now while UTM—which was weeks old at the time of the survey—was rated third most popular ahead of next year’s elections wwill certainly ignite the debate within the inner circles of MCP, DPP and UTM on the possibility of entering into political alliances.

“ It is clear that none of the three based on the survey findings would be certain of a clear victory in the next election. In order to maximise their chances of winning the elections we are likely to see the idea of political alliances being given serious attention than ever before amongst the three political parties.

“ Already there have been indications of the DPP and UDF getting into an alliance, and now that it is seemingly very clear that UDF cannot come any closer to winning an election it is very likely to ‘donate’ its 6% to DPP. However, it is the PP which seems not decided whom it would enter into an alliance with but it is likely that this would be with either MCP or UTM,” said Munthali.

He pointed that the UTM and MCP alliance – is likely an impossibility – because MCP seems to have already concluded that Chakwera and  Sidik Mia will be the president and runningmate.

“ I don’t see Mia accepting to be dropped out as a runningmate in order to put  Saulos Chilima  of UTM as runningmate for the possible MCP-UTM alliance. Even in a situation where Chilima becomes the presidential candidate and Chakwera accepts to be the runningmate I don’t see Mia accepting to be dropped.

“ Worse still, even if Mia were to agree to be dropped as runningmate, the very question of who becomes the presidential candidate and runningmate between Chakwera and Chilima may not be an easy one as each one of them – and their respective supporters- would want to be the Presidential candidate,” Munthali observed.

A political scientist Ernest Thindwa, who is based at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, also doubted the possibility of MCP and UTM working together.

“I can say that the potential of winning the election is big if MCP, PP and UTM work together in an alliance because their partnership can stop vote fragmentation if they decide to field one presidential candidate.

“However, this cannot be achieved easily on the part of MCP and UTM who, in my view, may have ego problems to surrender the presidential berth to each other. Those battles might even go all the way to ministerial positions. That would work to the advantage of the Democratic Progressive Party whose fortunes lie in the failure of a formidable opposition electoral alliance,” Thindwa said in quotes reported by The Nation newspaper.

However,  political analyst Humphrey Mvula, said the three parties “have a chance of their lives to take over government if they work together” and could strike a partnership based on people’s expectations and common agenda.

He said: “The biggest advantage is that all of them seem to be driving a common agenda of trying to recover the economy, end corruption, job creation, improvement of farming and electricity, among others.

“The difference with the past elections is that currently the political discourse is that of change which all these parties are propagating. But I can say that what only stands in the way of this convergence of opinion is greed.”

UTM has also been in contact with Assembly for Democracy and Development (ADD), People’s Progressive Movement (PPM), Malawi Forum for Unity and Development (Mafunde), People’s Transformation Party (Petra), Aford, Malawi Democratic Party (MDP) Republican Party (RP) and the New Labour Party (NLP).

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Lets Make Malawi Great
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Lets Make Malawi Great

Forget about AM Ungonoungono (he is sold out to APM). IF Dr Chilima , Dr Chakwera and Amai are serious about rescuing this Country from the evil corrupt nasty DPP alliance should be considered seriously. If the research gives 33% to DPP The rest of the partys together can surely defeat DPP. Its about Malawi and not power hungry issues. SKC, JB, RC can take this Country forward. We need to see change. DPP should pay and no renience. They should be tried and if found guilty to serve maximum sentence behind bars. Anthu ankhaza awa. People are dying ad… Read more »

Joovido
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Joovido

If a vise president will have regulated and protected job by the constitution and can not be oppressed by the president then I don’t c y an alliance can’t work. let them share positions depending on their vision n popularity

Wase Gauteng
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Wase Gauteng

Political alliances simply dilute party manifestos. What you will have in the end is officials jostling for positions in the new set up and such formations take long to arrive at important decisions for the benefit of a country. Am not for alliances as we will wake up to lies not what the manifestos said. Its a waste of time.

Shithole
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Shithole

Any alliance in politics has specific goal to achieve. In this Case the aim of opposition Parties is to takeover government.
So these parties can agree on who will be a torch bearer , But when it comes to sharing responsibilities and ministrial position , they can do so based on a memorandum of understanding…
I think if Chakwera can be a president , while SKC be a vice President, then Sidik Mia be a prime Minister, then JB can be Chief secritary to the government ..

Heavyduty
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Heavyduty

Inunso ndi a chamba tu inu, ku Malawi kuno kulinso udindo wa Prime Minister? Sindiye dyela ndi kufuna kubera amalawi kumeneko? We can’t even allow them to create a one as it will be a waste of our taxes nor can we allow anyone to increase the number of Ministerial positions. DPP has achieved 20 cabinet Ministers, the next government has to go even below that, may be 16, setting record new low figure, not increasing.

Gulukunyinda
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Gulukunyinda

Kod chifukwa chiyani ma opinion anuwa mumagwilitsacnthchito ma results a rigging a DPP?

CitizenX
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CitizenX

Alot of us left MCP for UTM, for 2 reasons 1) Chakwera is very weak person, too soft in handling hard problems of malawi. 2) Addition of MIA into MCP, most of us dont trust him and his connections, we feel it is liking selling our country to a foreigner. So what ever mia has spent in MCP we will refund him that is not a problem, malawi as a nation we have a bigger problem to solve bigger than a man ok. Let MCP & UTM form an alliance and lets get rid of dpp thugs and throw them… Read more »

Sir FLLOYBETHS
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Sir FLLOYBETHS

Is Mia a foreigner?? From where?? The problem with you is that you are a racists.

CitizenX
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CitizenX

He is malawian, but most malawians dont feel like he is one of us, he is the reason alot of us left MCP, and the indians, pakis etc are also the ones killing this country by stealing from us eg KARIM, and they invest out of malawi just to show that they dont care about us. you can call me racist fine but these people you are defending are bigger racists. MIA also invests his money out side malawi so as far as am concerned he is not one of us. Dont we forget what muluzi and his muslam friends… Read more »

Chameleonesentimentals
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Chameleonesentimentals

Wabodza iwe. Ife we remained in Mcp. Mia is a Mwian

Titfortat
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Titfortat

Yes opinion polls

wakwiba
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The party has that has big STRONGHOLD will hold sway. Mcp=chewa+manganja+tonga;

Wachiona Ndani
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Chakwera, Sauolos and Mia, onsewa ndi a Pumbwa kufuna kudya Papaya mbali yaikulu yekha. None among the three wants to be deputy. You’ll agree with me that even Mia wants the first position. He has accepted to be vice now because he sees that as his entry point. Chakwera should be careful with Mia. That Portuguese man will be there as vice temporarily but he is eyeing the position of presidency. Whether in my presence or absence, you will agree with me in the near future. Just keep your eyes watching. This means mentioning of the MCP, UTM alliance is… Read more »

CitizenX
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CitizenX

This is where GREEDY politicians will be exposed, ALLIANCE is for the benefit of malawi people but knowing these greedy politicains no one will be willing to take a lesser position and in the end dpp will win again.

Chameleonesentimentals
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Chameleonesentimentals

A liar & racist

Vote ndi muntima
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Vote ndi muntima

My vote will depend on who I want to be my First Lady basi………….sindinatchule dzina ndangonena

ndife
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ndife

Its true. Alliance will not work because of power hungry. Intentions of other parties are not known. Our speculations are based on individual leader,s thinking.

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