Tonse must be transparent on alliance deal as Malawi government-in-waiting

One of the greatest political problems of our age is the lack of transparency from the people or institutions that manage our public affairs.

MCP president Lazarus Chakwera and his UTM Party counterpart Saulos Chilima

It is even scary when one of the institutions practicing lack of transparency is the group of people that have come together with an intention of getting into government and manage affairs of the public.

A group of nine political parties, under the banner of Tonse Alliance, has formed a political block aimed at removing the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) from power.

The mathematics around the figures from the previous polls does, of course, give hope that Tonse Alliance can, indeed, form the next government.

However, if Tonse Alliance wins, there are serious asked and unasked questions regarding how they will govern as a block because, as we stand, none in the public is aware as to what parties to this alliance agreed upon.

What we know, so far, is not comprehensive: Lazarus Chakwera will lead,  Saulos Klaus Chilima will be vice-president—no details regarding what other key figures such as Joyce Banda, Khumbo Kachali and Timothy Mtambo, to name but a few, will do.

As people kept asking questions, it was the Njamba Rally in Blantyre, weeks ago, that sparked it all.

Chilima told the gathering that, once in power, he will be the Finance Minister and, most importantly, he will take over from Chakwera in tune with the rotational presidency pact.

Sweet as it felt to the eyes of UTM followers—not sure of other alliance partners; Chakwera, days later, came back with a response that left the nation in deep shock.

He told Brian Banda of Times Television that nothing regarding what Chilima had earlier said had been agreed upon.

So which way Tonse Alliance?

Factually speaking, all parties to this alliance have expectations regarding what they will benefit once in power.

MCP and its followers have waited for over 25 years. Chilima and his team have also worked so hard. Mtambo and his comrades are all over. So are all other parties to the alliance.

If followers of each of the parties to the alliance are still in the dark of what they will benefit once in power, frustrations will follow leading to two dangers that can cost Tonse Alliance’s bid for the presidency.

The first danger is that the most frustrated ones will punish Tonse Alliance by voting the DPP/UDF alliance; and the second danger, which is common according to research, is that the least frustrated ones will just stay away from voting.

Leadership of Tonse Alliance should not fool the public into thinking that all is rosy in their fold. It is not.

It is rumored that the reason Chilima went public about the issue of him being finance minister and Chakwera being one-term president was because of the pressure he was getting from his party gurus and followers.

Similarly, the reason Chakwera went to Times TV was, solely, to calm down his followers because they couldn’t swallow the one-term president issue.

Arguably, Chakwera and Chilima, as leaders, aren’t respecting their followers by not committing to a shared duty of divulging the needed details of their deal.

The only way this can come to an end is through being transparent: Tonse Alliance leadership must come out of the cocoon and share with the public the contents of their deal.  Hold a news conference and come clear.

Even if it means giving the public shadow Cabinet—there is nothing wrong; it only enhances trust and confidence.

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The trouble you want me to finish-Gwalidi
The trouble you want me to finish-Gwalidi
8 months ago

Watumidwa ndi DPP eti? bwanji osawuza family alliance kuti ipange zimenezo popeza ndiamene ali muboma. Ife eni ake tikufuna kutchotsa mbava muboma. Mbava zopanda manyazi mpaka kumaba ndalama zothandizira anthu kumatenda a Coronavirus. Kuba kopanda nako manyazi.

joyce
joyce
8 months ago

Mbudzi zokhazokha zimenezo zisiyeni ziribe tsogolo zongoperekeza ena MCP sizalamulanso Malawi muno.

Magang`a
Magang`a
8 months ago

I cant wait to see their destruction once they are elected into power. The writing is on the wall that in 2024 or 2025 these guys will go separate ways.

Anzeru aku m'mawa
Anzeru aku m'mawa
8 months ago

Alliance yathu tisiyileni, Inu osokoneza sizikukukhudzani.

BigMan
BigMan
8 months ago

We know president and vice, and we know there will also be cabinet ministers. What else do you want?

TAC T TAC T
TAC T TAC T
8 months ago
Reply to  BigMan

How about Alliance for UDF/DPP. Are they open to their followers, Tonse Alliance is transparent and wait for Nyekhwe basi

political commentator
8 months ago

Ask what is in their MANIFESTO …..your question is irrelevant my boy. DPP has sent you to ask those silly questions? Wait and see how they will do it, its non of your business. What matters is what is in their manifestos…….ask them how will they reduce the fertlizer prices, passport prices, driving licences, electricity etc ……

Wakwithu
Wakwithu
8 months ago

Skewed and baseless article.

Instead of writing about Covid19 financial Resources here you’re poking your nose on something you can hardly fathom. APM and his marons are not telling us how much donors had contributed and how they have used the same.

Ngati akutuma macadet zako izoooo

Viva TONSE ALLIANCE

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
8 months ago

What’s not clear or confusing about anything this incoming government is doing? Don’t we know of Chakwera and Chilimas positions? Did you want them to announce the entire cabinet and positions before moving in? Mungoti phee bambo, it’s only a couple of weeks left.

Omex70
Omex70
8 months ago

Your analysis is not realistic, Mr Fiko. Can you give us the details of the DPP/UDF alliance? Why have you just chosen the Tonse Alliance? Why are you not talking about the other alliance.

Cairo
Cairo
8 months ago
Reply to  Omex70

Omex70 khaya 80, zako izo. U r a big fool, the author of this article is a supporter of the Tonse Alliance and is just providing his opinion on the alliance, thats all. Iwenso u have yr own opinion, ndiufulu wake naye wolankhula zakukhosi kwake. This means that plus many others, if they dont have a very clear picture on their questions, they will definitely dump u and vote for DPP/UDF Alliance, its not the government in waiting but the rulers.

Zio ine
Zio ine
8 months ago

If Chilima would know what root MCP are discussing at their headquarters, he would have stopped campaigning for Chakwera. What they are saying is that Chilima is a guest of Chakwera and they formed an alliance with other parties but as far as MCP is concerned they are alone because the ballot paper will have a symbol of MCP and the face of Chakwera and if they win it will be MCP that has won not an alliance. They are backing their arguments to what Ngwanda did with Ngwirizano alliance that they had to use a common symbol for the… Read more »

Augustine Khabwira
Augustine Khabwira
8 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

This is illminded MCP in tonse alliance has no such mindset, you must be a cadet furnishing the image of the alliance, shame on you, too late for tears, leave tonse alliance alone

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