MCP’s Kawale deletes Facebook post on Chakwera torchbearer: Says ‘taken out of context’

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) chief whip in parliament Sam Kawale deleted a Facebook post which hinted their party president Lazarus Chakwera  will be presidential candidate of the ‘Tonse’ alliance of MCP  and UTM with other parties.

Kawale: Post was taken out of context and I deleted it

MCP and UTM alliance has notannounce their presidential candidate and runningmate between Chakwera and UTM’s leader Saulos Chilima.

Kawale, who is also MCP legislator for Dowa North East Constituency,  in a Facebook post after registering for the 2020 fresh presidential elections hinted that Chakwera will be  the torchbearer.

“Ready to vote for Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, the orchBearer of the grand alliance. Kwachaa,” wrote Kawale.

This had generated different reactions from  MCP and UTM supporters.

However, Kawale later deleted the post on social media.

Asked by Nyasa Times  why the post was taken down, Kawale, who is a trained journalist, said some quarters had misinterpreted his post.

“The post has been taken out of context,” he said.

He said the post was done without authority and has no consequence.

Meanwhile, MCP deputy publicity secretary Ezekiel Ching’oma asked Malawians and supporters of all the parties in the alliance to have patience, saying an announcement will be made soon.

“On the issue of who will lead the alliance, Malawians should be patient, we are going to announce soon,” said Ching’oma.

On his part, UTM spokesperson Jospeg  Chidanti Malunga said  Malawians should wait for the official communication as it will be made public when the time is right.

Chilima and Chakwera—the duo that secured the landmark judgement by the five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court that nullified the May 21 2019 presidential election on February 3 2020—entered into an alliance this year and it was expected that the torchbearer of the alliance will either be Chakwera or UTM leader Chilima.

The alliance  which includes other parties such as People’s Party and Alliance for Democracy is being christened as Tonse Alliance.

On Wednesday, Chakwera held a news conference in Lilongwe where a banner with the name Tonse Alliance was displayed.

In the run-up to the annulled presidential election, Chakwera partnered former president Joyce Banda and her People’s Party (PP) as well as the country’s former vice-president Khumbo Kachali and his Freedom Party. All these parties are still in the grand alliance.

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Jamax
Jamax
9 months ago

Alliance iyi ya MCP/UTM ndi yamdima yosaneneka – complete darkness since it has no leadership no one knows where it heading to and the end result is that people will start fighting. Secondly, the alliance itself has NO blessing from God because it was formed out of hatred and evil and God will not spare these two guys but he will bring shame on their faces.

Ineyo
Ineyo
9 months ago

Nyasatimes, do you have proof readers in your organisation?
If you do have them, then they are failing you big time. Each and every post you post has so many grammatical errors, just to mention but a few.
If you don’t have them, then its about that time you employ them.Bodza zina zimanyanya please!!

Muthalirenji
Muthalirenji
9 months ago

ATambwali ametana chakachake nchino. Remember what Chilima said at his Njamba recent rally: “..mafana aUTM zautsogoleri wa Alliance inu phee, ine ndimaganiza heavy..” Pali nkhani pamawu amenewa. Nzija za “..njoka saweta..” aDPP ankaganiza akunena ena osadziwa akuzinena yekha.

jason
jason
9 months ago

Mr Sam Kawale, as a politician you should have done better. This is not how you negotiate alliances. Chilima knows pretty well that Chakwera is better placed to lead alliance because MCP is bigger than UTM in all aspects. All what Chilima wants, in my view, is for Chakwera to assure him that they will co-manage the country once the alliance wins. So for kawale to say what he said is unfortunate and must never be repeated. If you don’t know the proper way of communicating with partners, leave it to those in the know-how. Afterall, you are not the… Read more »

Chilima Vs Chakwera
9 months ago

Kalulu anamva mawu oyamba

Naruto
9 months ago

Only a fool would trust Chilima.Its like trusting a cheating wife.

Gugu
Gugu
9 months ago

Shupiti zanu ndithu! How long are you going to hide this

Were
Were
9 months ago

Neba mutu sukugwira. He he deeeee

Independent Diplomat
Independent Diplomat
9 months ago

kkkkkkkkkk !! As usual. MCP wants to use Chilima like a condom.

Saulosi weakened
Saulosi weakened
9 months ago

If you listen to ZODIAK Radio advert on 2020 Elections registration, they are clearly mentioning that “ Voteran Chakwera pa Upresident”.So the guy was not taken out of context. After news za masana alionse Zodiak is very clear on who people should vote for . Yasala ndi official announcement to vindicate what Kawale has put on his Facebook.
Afterall it is obvious that MCP is a bigger party than UTM. So let Saulosi wait for the Prime Minister post with 50% cabinet posts to be controlled by UTM.

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