Op-Ed: MCP, UTM alliance has finally collapsed

It was an alliance that came with political pomp, loud fanfare and ceremony. Even the BBC billed  it as “a grand alliance”. Now   main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party, who signed an electoral alliance last month, are going to field its presidential candidates as the union has fatally collapsed.

‘Either Chilima leads or no alliance’:   MCP president Lazarus Chakwera and his UTM Party counterpart Saulos Chilima

But a political alliance is not just the coming together of parties. It is the political chemistry that happens inside. As UTM Party leader Saulos Chilima feared, “Mgwirizano ndumenewo. Koma mumgwirizanomo tizigwirizanamo?”

The collapse of the MCP, UTM alliance is now only waiting for an official announcement as both MCP presidential hopeful  Lazarus Chakwera and Chilima are going to fill nomination papers for the fresh presidential elections on their party banners.

The collection of the papers by the two leaders  is a culmination of moves that have demonstrated that this is an alliance that never was.

When MCP and UTM entered an electoral alliance last month, analysts described it as a stillbirth;  a marriage of inconvenience between partners that are ideologically different from each other and deeply do not like each other.

However,  the pomp and fanfare at the ceremony where they signed the alliance in Lilongwe, there were already serious indications that this alliance was never their script. As it became learnt, it was something forced upon them by the judges in the election case.

The first piece of evidence of this stillbirth was this: Up to 9am on the day of the signing ceremony, Chilima had still not made up his mind whether to go to the ceremony or not. He only turned up to the function for fear of embarrassing Chakwera with a last-minute withdrawal. It was a presence for public politics only but not the spirit of an alliance.

Since then the two leaders and their followers have not worked together at any level.

The two leaders have not conducted any political activities together.

And where each one of them has engagements, there is no reference whatsoever of the other partner.

It is even worse for the collection of the other  briefcase parties that are said to be part of the alliance. They are outcasts, clapping hands from the fringes of all this.

The MCP/UTM alliance has collapsed for a number of reasons.

The alliance is rocked by egoism of Chakwera and Chilima as each of them want to lead the alliance.

This stance is even shared by their parties. Chilima’s followers have dug their heels in on this. They say, in public and bluntly, that Chilima has been vice president all along. He cannot therefore be running mate again to Chakwera.

“It’s either Chilima leads the alliance or there is no alliance,” they have said.

On the other hand, Chakwera’s followers argue that Chilima’s UTM, with only 4 MPs [ now they have added one fron independent benches to be five]  and around one year old, is a party of no consequence to provide a leader of the alliance.

In addition, Chakwera himself does not even imagine playing second fiddle to  Chilima. The battle lines are clearly drawn.

Then, there is also the question of serious mutual distrust between them. MCP are wary that Chilima can betray them as he did with DPP which gave him the vice presidency.

His ambition for the presidency make  them fear he could plot to elimante  Chakwera as he has been doing fighting President Peter Mutharika.

On the other hand, UTM fears that should the alliance win the election, MCP will exact its brutal nature on UTM and decimate the political party.

This is an alliance where each of the partners is suspicious that the other party wants to ride on their back to victory and then jettison them once the desired end is achieved.

In any case, this alliance was never going to hold because it was externally driven by the judges in the election case.

The five judges are known to be anti-DPP and part of the conspiracy to topple the government.

Their judgment has come into question worldover as more of a political statement than an act of law and justice.

Their operating principle has been judicial activism, a term coined by one of the judges Redson Kapindu  – where judicial activism means the judiciary being part of the conspiracy to remove democratically-elected government.

In the execution of their plan, they delivered a highly opinionated judgment that avoided the laws and contents of the petition.

It was a judgment that sought to grant the opposition the instruments to wrestle power from DPP.

They did so by, among other things, issuing a raft of directives to Parliament, an independent arm of government, to enact laws that would give the opposition leverage.

The bills have failed. The alliance has collapsed. The script was botched. The judges have been exposed.

Obsessed by their so-called judicial activism, the judges failed to understand that politics operates differently.

  • All views expressed are those of the author and should not be taken as reflecting the views of the Nyasa  Times.

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Mzunganacharo
10 months ago

Join the discussion…This is obviously a very subjective and uninformed post.It is clearly partisan! What a shame!

Adam, the wise man
Adam, the wise man
10 months ago

This is a very well written opinion piece. Congratulations to Nyasa Times for welcoming it. I have 2 points to make. One, the alliance is clearly a good to secure a W if the 2 parties are serious about it. Together they have the number under first-past-post or under 50%+1. Two, DPP must be careful not to take this opinion for granted as UTM/MCP can pretend to be on their way to divorce in order to make DPP sleep. UTM and MCP are certainly talking at the highest levels and need not broadcast it. This said, it is hard to… Read more »

James Chipande
James Chipande
10 months ago

DPP, will be out by the end of the year. Ma cadet ozindikila akusintha thabwa. Inunso muzikonzeka. Enanu tikuziwa kuti you are blind followers, we don’t blame you.

Banzo
Banzo
10 months ago

Those two people are grown up and they made that alliance after hearing the cry of Malawians. Writing such an article to dimish the alliance won’t work at all. What has been written here is what we call chimunda uko koma chimanga chimodzi. If this is for decampaign bi guess you have decampaigned for DPP because that exactly the party that most Malawians does not want to hear about. The party was like Ronaldo but the players in the field are like some from Dwangwa United. Meaning to say Peter has been soreounded with many crooks who are like wevil… Read more »

William
William
10 months ago
Reply to  Banzo

Nyssa times why do you allow stupid stories n lies? I thought your here to publish facts n not lies

George Victor
10 months ago

SKC GO ALONE IFE CHIPANI CHA MAGAZI NOPE

The trouble you asked me to finish-Hon Gwalidi
The trouble you asked me to finish-Hon Gwalidi
10 months ago
Reply to  George Victor

Wa DPP iwe usatipusitse. Magazi ama Albino akuwamwaza ndi ndani? None of the people who were in MCP during the Kamuzu regimne are there. In fact they are in DPP. We are talking of Dausi (amandinyasa kwambiri zedi) then Ntaba and Bakili Muluzi. Anthu anawona pano sikuti utha kuwapusitsa ndimagazi comment yakoyo.

The Patriot
The Patriot
10 months ago

Amwene mukwanitsa kuyankha aliyense😂😂😂

Mask
Mask
10 months ago

Khokhokho Ngati tikunama funsa bakili ntaba Ni dausi akuuza zoonazake

uzdu
uzdu
10 months ago

Just wait and see the reality unfolding in a moment…

KESTON
KESTON
10 months ago

WE ACTUALLY KNEW THIS GONNA HAPPEN,MAKING AN ALLIANCE OUT OF ANGER AND WITHOUT STRONG BASE AND ALSO WITH DIFFERENT IDEALOGY …..THEIR MAIN AIM WAS TO BREAK THE DPP BUT THEY WERE NEVER MEANT TO WORK TOGETHER THAT’S THE OUTCOME…….ANYWAY WE FOLLOWING NEXT

The trouble you asked me to finish-Hon Gwalidi
The trouble you asked me to finish-Hon Gwalidi
10 months ago
Reply to  KESTON

They alliance is very much alive.

chilmbirajembe
10 months ago

If this alliance is real, why is it that we see the two leaders operating independently of each other? Up to now, why not announce the one who will lead the alliance? Am saying this because in any way, the choice of any of the two will shake some form of support from both parties. it was better to announce now and keep convincing those who might have doubts about the chosen leader so that they embrace him? MCP/UTM has attracted this speculation to itself because what is happening now is an implied intepretation because the leadership is silent. Again,… Read more »

William
William
10 months ago
Reply to  chilmbirajembe

These are fears from the heart that are being revealed unknowingly. Running mate amadziwika kunomonation. Phuma bwanji? Kodi DPP/UDF alliance ananena kuti running mate ndindani? Mukuopa chani n if Ur intelligent can’t you know wekha kuti leader akhala ndani? Kuganiza mopusa uku

Kanthu Nkumva
10 months ago

Never did God make any mistake. You can use all ways be it Judges, Millionaires Simbi, Lawyers and riots to defeat someone, but God has a last word which can never be defeated

Mvithe
Mvithe
10 months ago
Reply to  Kanthu Nkumva

Mwalatsa mwala, Mulungu wataya ana pa nsanja ya Babelo

William
William
10 months ago
Reply to  Kanthu Nkumva

Hahahaha hihihihi aDpp mwamudziwa lero Mulungu..kkkkkkkk kkkkkkkk koma LC n SKC anakodza Chauta

Madalitso Kateta
Madalitso Kateta
10 months ago

Muchila you think you can keep going with these lies? Don’t you think that the masses are the better judges?

Nandau
Nandau
10 months ago

Alliance is on …useless nyasatimes to

uzdu
uzdu
10 months ago
Reply to  Nandau

Show us the leader

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