A representative of former president Joyce Banda and other top Peoples Party (PP) officials on Saturday graced the “welcome rally” of politician Sidik Mia into main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) heightening speculation the two rallies are set for an alliance to dislodge the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) from power.
Roy Kachale, first born son to the former president and the de facto leader of Peoples Party, Joyce Banda and Isaac Nyakamera, one of top officials of the party were in attendance at Ngabu, in Chikwawa.
Other PP officials also accompanied Kachale and Nyakamera amid reports that the MCP is forging an alliance with People’s Party which will see the two parties fielding one presidential candidate to outsmart and dislodge President Peter Mutharika and his
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
“Tentatively, JB has agreed not to stand as a presidential candidate and her party will support the candidacy of Dr. Chakwera,” Nyasa Times well placed source in PP said on Sunday .
PP acting president Uladi Mussa said it was too early to start speaking of political alliances but said Alliance for Democracy (Aford) is also eyeing for an alliance with the MCP.
“The MCP is not coming out clearly on the matter whether they want the alliances or not but the discussions are going on behind the scenes because all of them want to dislodge the DPP from power,” said the source.
Mia told the rally the country is bleeding because of rampant corruption, lack of rule of law, lack of transparency and accountability in government among others and said the Chakwera administration would address the issues.
He said it is up to Chakwera to appoint him running mate in the run up to the 2019 elections.
MCP vice president Richard Msowoya did not attend the rally as he is reportedly outside the country on parliamentary mission but said in an earlier interview he was not shaken by Mia’s move to eye the running mate position in the party, saying “coins make a lot of noise.”
The DPP propaganda machinery has taken it in social media to discredit Mia, whilst the DPP gurus, including Foreign Affairs minister Francis Katsaira held a rather just a short distance from where the mega MCP rally was held, a clear indication that the ruling party is shaken with the Mia joining the oldest party in the country.
Other notable faces that has joined the MCP recently include Ken Kandodo, Wakuda Kamanga, Ulemu Chilapondwa and Halima Daudi among others.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :