Tonse put a positive spin on UTM, MCP tussle: ‘United in cleaning nauseating mess’ left by DPP

The two main governing Tonse Alliance partners—Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party — has put a positive spin on the recently reported  tussle over the Malawi Enterprise Development Fund (Medf) loan facility, saying in a statement that the alliance is “unified in its approach to development.”

UTM’s Chidanti Malunga and MCP’s Ezekiel Ching’oma

MCP spokesperson Rev Maurice Munthali and UTM publicist Joseph Chidanti Mlaunga in a joint statement on Wednesday September 9 2020 said the nationwide Tonse Alliance is enthusiastic that their collective project “to clear the rubble and build a new Malawi is not only on course, buts also progressing as a collaborative and consultative effort with our partners.”

The statement  comes hot on the heals of remarks by MCP second vice-president Harry Mkandawire declaring that MCP supporters in Karonga will be prioritised in the Medf loans disbursement because President Lazarus Chakwera is the party’s leader.

Mkandawire said he was reacting to UTM Party secretary general Patricia Kaliati’s visit to the district’s Medf offices to collect loan forms.

University of Malawi’s Chancellor College political science lecturer Mustapha Hussein pointed to a possible conflict within the Tonse partnership.

He said in quotes reported by The Nation newspaper: “There is ambiguity of the partnership relating to how these parties should conduct themselves when there is competition. Since both parties are in government, if left unchecked, this rivalry may bring confusion which can easily turn into conflict at the lower level.

Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives  (Cdedi) executive director Sylvester Namiwa in a statement  made available to Nyasa Times also observed that the current squabbles predict a ticking bomb between MCP and UTM Party.

In Parliament, Leader of Opposition, Kondwani Nankhumwa said that Malawians are left to wonder whether this is a Tonse Alliance government or just an MCP government.

Nankhumwa said even some Tonse members have already started raising the red flag that Tonse is slowly degenerating into “Ndekha Alliance.”

But  Tonse Alliance statement said  it is a “false narrative” being advanced in the public domain by opposition politicians  insinuating that there are divisions within the alliance.

Reads the statement in part:“Contrary to the wishful thinking of  the opposition, leaders of the Tonse Alliance, namely the MCP President, Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, and the UTM President, Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima, who are also the State President and Vice-president respectively, are united in their resolve to work together in cleaning up the nauseating mess created and left by the past regime [Democratic Progresive Party –DPP].”

The statement said it is their  principal and “unanimous resolution”  as the leading partners of the Tonse Allaince to forge ahead as one in approaching and handling all development matters in the interest of and as a service to all Malawians without regard to party affliation.

MCP and UTM said they commit to do so out of their shared conviction that the Tonse Alliance represents the will and aspirations of all Malawians, “as well as out of our shared awareness of the contributions made by Malawians within and outside the Tonse Alliance to our electoral victory at the polls of June 23.”

Tonse Alliance declared that it is gaining more political ground as many Malawians “who were misled into supporting the past regime [DPP] are joining our patriotic movement in droves.”

The nine-party Tonse Alliance, with Chakwera as torchbearer and UTM Party’s Saulos Chilima as runningmate, won the June 23 2020 Fresh Presidential Election, defeating Peter Mutharika who had ruled the country since 2014.

The two parties have in recent weeks embarked on strengthening their bases, with each welcoming Councillors and legislators into their folds, predicting an interesting situation prior to the 2025 polls.

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Gwede Mantashe
Gwede Mantashe
9 months ago

Tinanena m’mbuyomu kutiii
Khalani pheee
Mudzaona kukhapana zikwanje mumgwirizano womwe wungawinewo
Apapa sanati

Nedi K
Nedi K
9 months ago

In my humble opinion, there are so many idle minds just waiting to see that Tonse is in shutters. Let’s all get to work. Everyone of us. Why this preoccupation for 2025🙆We who voted for Tonse want to live now. Not in future 🤷 So I give time to our trusted Leadership. Why are we always pessimistic? Whether it’s analysts or political scientists, sikuti mumakamba zabwino ndiye kuti simudagwire ntchito. Let’s stop this 2025 utopia and live now… Tonseeee

Bagus Salim
Bagus Salim
9 months ago
Reply to  Nedi K

I am one of those idle minds!

PHRIWAPHIRI
9 months ago

NKHANI YA WA KABAZA WAPHEDWA LOLEMBA ZODIAK SINGANENE AYI KOMAANAKATI NDI WA DPP WACHITA IZI BWENZI KULIPOKOPOKO MPAKA A DANIEL MAWAWA ANAKALEMBA KUKHALA NKHANI MSABATAYI ZAMANYAZIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII AKAZAKO

Henry Mtonga
Henry Mtonga
9 months ago

Malawians know that there are deep divisions and differences between MCP and UTM. The press conference is simply a game to cheat us the voters.
Chewas will not share power with anyone but their fellow Chewa, look at the Cabinet.

zapadziko
zapadziko
9 months ago

The Tonse Alliance was agreed upon between Dr. Chakwera and Dr. Chilima behind the scene. As it is seen, anybody can just conclude that Dr. Chakwera and MCP are the leaders. It is therefore the duty of Dr. Chakwera to educate his MCP supporters and tell Malawians that he is there just as leader of the alliance. This will ease the tension which is all over.

AL IBN BATUTA
AL IBN BATUTA
9 months ago

MCP will be a dominant force to reckon with because the president has the power to appoint or fire Ministers hence UTM will swallow its pride for now until 2024 WHEN THEY will rebel against MCP and boot MCP out of government through another opposition ALLIANCE .

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
9 months ago

Malawians Ndekha will never be alliance as you need someone to be in that context.Therefore do not be wishful of the failure of the present arrangement of our government.Viava Tonse.Aluta continua.

Peloma Pepe
Peloma Pepe
9 months ago

Mwayambapotu barely 2 months. Just give us what you promised and stop this.

Palije
Palije
9 months ago

No need to explain yourselves. Everyone following politics is capable of understanding what is going on.
My question is. If indeed you were this unified and Mr Mkandawire heard that Kaliati collected the forms, would the first step not be to call her and ask?.

Chilima
Chilima
9 months ago

Hehehe you are just minute too late kaliati silungwe leaked teleconversation on my mind

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