Mia says MCP-UTM alliance should accommodate all Malawians:‘Avoid leadership bubble’

The main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) first deputy president Sidik Mia has said he believes that there is strength in unity and lends his weight behind negotiations with UTM Party for a possible alliance in the forthcoming fresh presidential elections but said all Malawians from Nsanje to Chitipa should be accommodated.

Mia: I am ready to sacrifice my running mate position 

MCP and UTM are holding talks on the prospects of forming an electoral alliance between the two parties.

In an interview Nyasa Times monitored from privately-owned Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) on Saturday, Mia said: “I believe that there is strength in unity. I have given my full blessings to the ongoing alliance talk’s for a grand opposition alliance. This is time to save and serve Malawi.”

Mia’s comments put to bed speculations that he was putting spanners to the alliance talks to protect his running mate sport to MCP presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera.

The MCP deputy president said he is ready to give chance to anyone to take a running mate position in the grand alliance, saying the alliance should be for the many, not the few.

“In the impending fresh elections, I am ready to sacrifice my running mate position if that is what it will take to save our country,” said Mia.

He continued: “Malawi, our dearest country, is bigger than some of our individual ambitions.”

Mia urged politicians not to have egos that can cause to act against the values of meaningful change the country needs.

He warned egos could create leadership bubble but urged leaders to be selfless for the cause of transformation and build a new Malawi for the many not the few.

Mia said he remains upbeat that MCP with its current alliance partners, People’s Party (PP) of former president Joyce Banda and Freedom Party of former vice-president Khumbo Kachali can win the elections and obtain 50-plu-one threshold to prevent a runoff.

There is pressure for MCP and UTM, from supporters, to go into an alliance with some of the parties’ top officials openly declaring this interest.

The pressure has become even more pronounced following the announcement of an alliance between United Democratic Front (UDF) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) who are holding a mass rally at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre on Sunday to launch their union.

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Hatton
Hatton
8 months ago

Wakufa sadziwika anatero Finye pa ndeu yake ndi Tambala. Sindikudziwa ngati Tambala wake anali wakuda. Mia sananene kuti he will sacrifice his position to who, that’s the first issue to seriously consider. Knowing Mia he could have meant letting Chakwera to be the runningmate To Chilima in the alliance. Mia knows pretty well that Chilima cannot accept to be runningmate to Chakwera after all he once said Chakwera wachepa pa ndale ndipo si saizi yake. Mia sananene how he is going to sacrifice his position, that’s another issue to consider. Mia can sacrifice his position by leaving the party and… Read more »

Mofolo
Mofolo
8 months ago

Al Haji Sidik MIa should not be used like a condom by MCP! when they needed votes from Southern region they recruited MIa to do the dirty and donkey work of tearing his mouth promoting the unsellable Chakwera as a candidate for Malawi Presidency. Now in the talks of alliance, MCP intends to throw stones at Mia infavour of Chilima. Is it not true that Chilima was openly disrespecting Chakwera during the campaign period! Mia should not allow to be used like Chisango! his name is not Chisango Mia! Ask Joyce Banda what happened when she tried to put on… Read more »

kanchenga
kanchenga
8 months ago
Reply to  Mofolo

Fortunately Mia doesn’t think that way. He is more refined than you. A brainless porcupine who goes around writing with his spine as he moves

Steven
Steven
8 months ago
Reply to  Mofolo

Mukuti chani ma cadet inu… Mia knows what’s best for the country not ur useless ideas and propaganda…

Mtete
Mtete
8 months ago

Never knew there are still true Statesmen our there. Fact that Mia is ready to sacrifice his MCP Vice Presidency is a clear sign that he has the welfare of the Nation at heart.
This gesture by Mia has definitely sent shivers down the spines of APM and his bunch of DPP thieves, including the once revered UDF, now a heap of worn out curtains.

Bob Finye
Bob Finye
8 months ago
Reply to  Mtete

You are missing the point. The issue is not whether Mia has accepted to step aside or not. The issue is whether it makes sense for Chilima to be runningmate, the very position he rejected in DPP to form his UTM. In UTM-MCP Alliance, he will have to wait for ten years b4 he is considered for presidential candidate. Even then, that is not guaranteed. In DPP, he would only wait for one term of five years. He is the greatest loser.

kanchenga
kanchenga
8 months ago
Reply to  Bob Finye

This time we want Malawi to win not an individual. That’s what Mia is saying not the rubbish you are saying. Does it really matter how long he has to wait if it means Malawi winning.

Steve
Steve
8 months ago
Reply to  Bob Finye

Ur missing the point as well….. The point is to save Malawi not becoming the president kape… All we want z change.. New leadership

Bob Finye
Bob Finye
8 months ago

Forget Lower Shore vote without Mia.

Maunits
Maunits
8 months ago

Bravo Mia you are humble man.

Munthu
Munthu
8 months ago

That is the spirit !
We have heard much talk about developing the country and ending corruption without seeing satisfactory results for many years. How much longer are we going to be tolerating empty promises?

Dr. Mvuma
Dr. Mvuma
8 months ago

This is what we call True Leadership. Putting people’s interest first. Viva Mr. Mia. Keep up the good spirit.

Banyamulenge
Banyamulenge
8 months ago

Well done Hon Mia. Hon Michael Usi already paved way for Hon Chakwera for the post of VP.
Truth be told,hon Mia is a matured and well experienced political figure and can make better VP than Chakwera.
Let it be clear in the conditions of the alliance that at the end of the ten year rule of Chilima, the presidency shall be handed over to Mia.

ANA ACHEPA
ANA ACHEPA
8 months ago

Nzeru zimenezo God bless you Mia

Nasibeko
Nasibeko
8 months ago

This is Politics as usual to gullible masses. The real agenda is being complimented by his diehard & paid agents who are operating behind the scenes as long as you see the big picture.

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