Mwenifumbo sticks with Aford but wishes Atupele the best in DPP-UDF alliance

Former legislator Frank Tumpale Mwenifumbo , who was running mate  to Atupele Muluzi  presidential ticket under the banner of United Democratic Front (UDF) in the May 2019 elections has sent best wishes to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and UDF following their an electoral alliance Tuesday ahead of fresh elections.

Mwenifumbo:  I wish Atupele Muluzi the best for DPP-UDF alliance

Mutharika said on Tuesday that his DPP was partnering with UDF led by Atupele Muluzi, the son of former president Bakili Muluzi.

Muluzi’s party came fourth in last year’s election with just 4.67 percent of votes.

Malawi is expected to go to the polls for a fresh presidential election that Parliamernt has slated for May 19 – subject to presidential assent –  after a court overturned last year’s vote hat returned  Mutharika to power.

Observers say the goal of the DPP-UDF alliance is to achieve more than 50 percent of the total votes required for the winner.

In a landmark decision, the Constitutional Court ruled on February 3 that last May’s election was fraught with widespread irregularities — especially the “massive” use of correction fluid on tally sheets.

Speaking in a telephone interview with Nyasa Times, Mwenifumbo said he remain the member of the Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) but  said the DPP-UDF alliance has a competitive edge in the repeat exercise of the presidential polls.

“First let me thank honourable  Muluzi for appointing me as his running mate and wish him together with his party all the best in their alliance with DPP.

“However, I will not follow them this time. This is because my constituents have vehemently denied this. I have to follow what the people want me to do,” he said

Mwenifumbo said one thing he has learnt from politics is to bow down to the constituents especially when it comes to making a crucial decision.

“I consulted interest groups, opinion leaders in the north such as the Church and Society, they all advised me to stay away. But my family and I shall forever be grateful to Muluzi and entire UDF,” he disclosed.

Mwneifumbo said he learnt number of things particularly leadership skills and responsibilities.

On his political future, Mwenifumbo who is the former legislature for Karonga central said he remain AFORD and will seek direction from the leadership to which party to support in the coming presidential fresh elections.

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Mkhwesa!
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Mkhwesa!

Tikakuphalira kuti ba chawa nibanthu yayi … …..sono nthena bakuleka pa waka!

GRM
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GRM

It’s hard to find reasonable people wanting the status quo to continue unless you are blinded by nepotism, corruption and tribalism

Mtete
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Mtete

Were l Mwenifumbo, I would urge my people to side with MCP/UTM, the only hope for Malawi and a sure way to get rid of DPP. Unfortunately his people are always after the moon; VP position, Quota System and many other impossibilities.

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

He’s just realized there’s no place for him in this dirty coalition. Btw, why addressing atupele as honorable? Is he not just another pathetic failure?

Sasi
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Sasi

Northerners wanted 50+1. Let us see how it is going to help you.

Fuklan
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Fuklan

Northerners making all the noise about political marginalisation can’t even put up a real political party. Ha! Ha! Ha!

Atikuj
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Atikuj

we are tumbukas we choose who to rule the country. we brought independence and multiparty. we remove muntharika family and bakili. We know u r jelous of us but we want gd for the nation. whatever u say we know what is gd for malawi. we are not poor as u so called rulers. MCP, DPP, UTM whosoever everyone needs us depending on the situation. God bless u all

Getu
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Getu

DPP/ UDF Will get no vote from the North. Mark my words

Kalani
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Kalani

And the North will never have a mainstream political party. That’s what happens to people who are selfish and dishonest. Muzingotsatila.

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

Why should a party be based on the region? And you what have you personally benefitted by having all presidents since 1994 coming from your region? Tippex brain, And there are many foolish people like you in this country.

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

A kalani, you are one of the backwards thinking people. Does a country need to have regional parties or national? Can you associate parties with regions, I.e in the US, UK, Germany or any other advanced economy? With people like you, no wonder the country remains the poorest. An embarrassment. Northerners are largely objective and will vote for the right candidate regardless.

John Gray Gufa
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John Gray Gufa

And NO president will come from the NORTH. Mark my words. Azingothandiza amfumu kuledzela

Joni
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Joni

ukunama kusaivotera iweyo sikuti ndi onse ai

Maunits
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Maunits

If there is a person I cherish from the North now it is Frank Mwenefumbo. The guy is brilliant only that he is coming from the minority region else he befit a leader. But any way please my advice is support mighty MCP period tavutika nthawi yayitali wena mpoto.

Chihana
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Mweenefumbo ndiwopenga. Kungoti misala yake amavala nayo bwino. Wasowa kolowera, UDF? DPP? AFODI(YAO, LOMWE, TUMBUKA)

Ma observer akuganiza kuti ndi 4.67% adapeza mwana Muluziyo achita add value to dpp? Tiwona masamu atsopano chakachino.

Isaac
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Imagine DPP+UDF and MCP+UTM, won’t people say South and Central are fighting for supremacy? What this alliance completely divide already fragile Malawi? I doubt very much what APM says that “the alliance will develop Malawi to another level”. He’s just bent on not letting Malawi ruled by a person from other regions as the Mikuyiu Pact stipulates.

Richard Steel
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Richard Steel

This also worries me, some how. I wish there was the best way to break these regional barriers, at least in political party structures. If it were not for ‘position’ oriented alliances, it might have worked well to have an MCP/UTM alliance, and come up with a presidential candidate either from the Central Region, a running mate from the North, and if successful to form a government appoint a second vice state president from the South. Unfortunately, this is a far-fetched dream!!!