Op-Ed: Politics is not linear, of Levy and Nsundwe ‘barracks’

The Nsundwe MCP youths and the UTM top official were part of the large crowds that gathered at Masintha Ground on Saturday.

UTM Deputy Secretary general Levy Luwemba joins DPP during the rally at Masintha pics by Lisa Kadango

Here, the DPP-UDF alliance delivered an emphatic message: We are reclaiming our victory. We are demolishing MCP in Central Region.

MCP can wear a brave face and conveniently dismiss the defections and the crowd at Masintha when President Peter Mutharika’s running mate Atupele Muluzi addressed a rally there. They can propogandize what they saw.

But deep down, they should be feeling the impact of that political brutality. On Saturday, they suffered rough blows where it pains most.

For one year, the so-called Nsundwe Barracks has been Lazarus Chakwera’s galvanizing force.

He has relied on youths from Nsundwe to mobilize and to terrorize.

His agents in HRDC have relied on Nsundwe to cause havoc.

Chakwera and HRDC have organized rallies at Nsundwe specifically to thank the youths there for whipping up political loyalty in the region for MCP by causing terror.

That barracks has fallen. And it has not only fallen. It has defected to DPP.  MCP has lost a rallying machinery.

Its alliance with UTM is not sticking either. With UTM in its stable, MCP thought they have made Central region, its traditional stronghold, an impregnable fortress considering that this is where Saulos Chilima got most of his one million votes in the May 2019 election.

On Saturday, political brutality struck as UTM Deputy Secretary General Levy Luwemba quit UTM.  And  joined DPP.

His seniority and his reason for quitting UTM should worry MCP.

In his position he was the spine of the UTM who would benefit MCP in mobilizing UTM supporters to support the alliance.

Now he has walked away. When a person like him walks away, they do not walk away alone. They walk away with structures. They walk away with figures.

Secondly, Luwemba said he has quit UTM because the party has been swallowed by MCP.

In every way, he is the spirit of the opinion in UTM that the party is not in an alliance with MCP. It is Chilima who has joined MCP – although Chilima himself is fidgeting daily about his association with MCP.

Even worse is that defection of UTM’s Deputy Secretary General could as well be foretelling even more high profile defections from UTM.

Essentially, MCP is effectively on its own. There are no UTM numbers to count on. There is only a tantrum-throwing Chilima vote to hope for.

This exposes the vanity of MCP’s arithmetic that Chakwera’s votes plus Chilima’s votes equals Chakwera’s victory in the fresh elections.

That was very poor arithmetic. Politics is not linear. Voters have their own mind. Their mind cannot be compartmentalised by self-interest or wants of politicians.

And Malawians are maturing in democracy such that political demagoguery is no longer an instrument to count on winning them over.

The truth of the matter is that in Central Region, MCP is imploding. And the history of elections in Malawi is that MCP can never get significant votes from any other region in this country.

But the definitive trouble for MCP is that UDF has risen on its feet, while UTM is disintegrating.

The definitive trouble is that Atupele is charming Malawians while Chilima is disenchanting Malawi.

The future is very bleak for Lazarus Chakwera and MCP.

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Jenala Eid
Jenala Eid
8 months ago

Muluzi and Mutharika are candidates whom we prefer in Malawi.
Zinazi ndikutaya nthawi chabe.

Chechamba
Chechamba
8 months ago

What about the DPP organised recent killing of the three muslim family members in Lilongwe Area 24, are people happy??? Did you watch the MCP/UTM crowds at Njamba rally last Monday, is Njamba in Central Region? You DPP cadets and sympathisers, be advised to start preparing for life in opposition, Atupele, a political reject even at Councillor and MP level by people of Machinga North East cannot bring more than 300,000 votes to DPP’s Professor Peter Muthalika while Chilimas UTM will bring more than 800,000 votes to MCP’s Dr Chakwera.

Mabishopo ajoyina campaign

MCP is living in denial. The truth is that Malawians don’t like the brutality which has been demonstrated by the MCP camp lately. More Defections from UTM and MCP must be anticipated. And a brother of Sidic Mia has already left MCP and has joined DPP, weakening the UTMCP alliance further in the lower shire. Chisankho sitiwina ndi nkhanza. People are already noticing more maturity, peaceloving and kuleza mtima in APM than in the warlord Chakwera. On the other hand, Chilima ngwaphuma so together with the temperamental Chakwera they can make a terrible government. That is why APM shall win… Read more »

Banda
Banda
9 months ago

Nsundwe Boys need to choose between MCP violence or DPP’s development. If they are clever they will choose DPP.

Jose
Jose
9 months ago

We are beginning a new malawi with chakwera on 3 july malawi for all.osati cheap plitics za atcheya omweaja zogula uniform ya zipani zina.mchifukwa akatolika atenga hi 5 ya chakwera as qualities of a leader like servant leadership and God fearing.Anuwo adalowa mtchalitchi liti pa zaka 5 osakwana mwina kanayi.shame.end of dpp.real people will be in government osati recruiting crooks.mukafuna kupatsa anthu ntchito makhululuku ngati qualification ati madolo omatukwana pa mbc,ku macra kumazima ma tv kuphera anthu udulu wa information kuotcha nyumba za anthu kutenga zikwanje zokhapira anthu mmisonkhano chairyizm atupele yakupweteka and if you are mot careful you will… Read more »

Jose
Jose
9 months ago

Za zii palibe impact do not cheat people on social media.Have you seen the following of tonse alliance in all regions.I tell you atupele is a small fly in front of chilima,a small fly in front of sidiki mia small to ialuati small to sleman small to chimwendo banda small to kazombo small to joice banda small to khumbo what are you talking about.for your in information mtambo is a big deal than atupele.Chkwera is next president by Gods will sixth as senior prophet Liabunya declared in his 2014 prophecy.Atupele akumenya nkhondo yotenga chipani cha dpp. THIS IS END OF… Read more »

Stanley Mdala
Stanley Mdala
9 months ago

This opportunist person called Liwemba defection to a party of thieves called DPP does not surprise anyone who had followed this mans political history. He has been allover different parties. History is just repeating itself. He thinks this party of thieves DPP and its inept leadership will retain power and he might get a position to enrich himself. But mark my words he will soon regret his greedy and opportunistic tendencies.
It’s a good riddance UTM deserves honest and dedicated servants of the party not this Liwemba scum. He is a scum.

Chiga
Chiga
9 months ago
Reply to  Stanley Mdala

Good riddance indeed! This Luwemba guy saw his chances of ‘looting public coffers’ in a Tonse Alliance government system getting slimmer and so he packed his bags. Isn’t it said that “birds of the same feathers flock together”. Allow me to bid farewell to this soul, “Go and rest in peace! “

Opportunist
Opportunist
9 months ago

Ndiyetu kapangitseni campaign osamangolora.
Ine ndili kuma stand within the same vicinity you are talking

Nalingula
Nalingula
9 months ago

We are all Excited and will Vote for the Wise and Dynamic Leadership of APM who has ended Corruption,Nepotism and has United Malawi like never before ….Just look at the Development Projects and how this country is progressing …Soon we will be like Singapore ….

Chiga
Chiga
9 months ago
Reply to  Nalingula

Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk sarcasm in its highest form!

Noxy
9 months ago

Atupele has got it! APM must be proud and Victory to Malawians for choosing good over evil.

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