The Transformation Alliance (TA) has said alliance between the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) means UDF is an accomplice to the regime political terror campaign.
In an open letter to the Head of State released as he was arriving from New York where he attended the United Nations General Assembly, TA said both DPP and UDF have “a history of torturous events during their rules respectively and now working together in government but still doing what they are remembered for.”
Signed by Chairperson Moses Kunkuyu, Transformation Alliance statement said: “Where two parties that have ruled this country before with terror are in the field fighting against another party that had its own share of blame on Malawians, leaders of those parties remain our only hope to desist from what their names are embroidered in and inspire hope to the nation.
“Ganging up and isolating one Lazarus Chakwera of MCP only qualifies the isolated one a lesser Devil. Otherwise we will be inclined to believe that terrorists are fighting a repentant terrorist that is trying to preach peace and the Malawians are waiting for the winning terrorist to lead us.”
The UDF and DPP became bedfellows soon after the 2014 Tripartite Elections when President Peter Mutharika drafted into his first Cabinet the UDF leader, Atupele Muluzi. Muluzi is currently Minister of Health and Population.
As a way of solidifying their working relationship, Muluzi’s party further moved from the opposition to government benches in the 193-member National Assembly.
Only Balaka North legislator Lucius Banda, then UDF leader in Parliament, defied the party’s decision.
A political science lecturer at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, Mustafa Hussein, is on record to have also observed that for an ordinary citizen, the UDF is the same as DPP.
“Therefore, any bad image on DPP will reflect on the UDF outside Parliament,” which is during the elections.
TA letter informed Mutharika that while he was away in New York, regime thugs were engaged in running battles with supporters of opposition political groupings in Nsanje in the run up to the October 17 by-elections and at the annual Gonapamuhanya cultural festival.
The letter further says there cannot be peace in the world if there is no peace in the respective member states of the United Nations and called upon Mutharika to promote intraparty democracy in the country.
Apart from acts of violence allegedly perpetrated by DPP Youth Cadets in Nsanje and Rumphi, TA also cited the issue of electricity blackouts and ‘bloodsuckers’ killings in the Lhomwe belt – Mulanje, Thyolo and Phalombe districts.