UTM seeks opinion from members on possible alliance with MCP

UTM Party says it has embarked on an exercise to seek opinions and suggestions on how the party can go into a possible political alliance with the Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

UTM Party spokesman Chidanti Malunga: There is a team to negotiate with MCP on how issues surrounding alliance can be handled

Spokesperson for UTM, Joseph Chidanti Malunga, has said that his party has set up a team to go into negotiations with the MCP on prospects of an alliance ahead of the fresh presidential election  which Parliament has set to take place on  May 19  this year – subject to presidential assent.

The winner of the election will need to amass over 50 per cent of votes that will have been cast.

“We want to find out from our supporters on how the alliance should be. We want to seek views from our supporters across the country before we go into the alliance,” he said.

Political analysts have proposed an electoral alliance between UTM president Saulos  Chilima and MCP presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera as a combined presidential ticket.

However, Malunga said that the party was not being forced into the alliance with the MCP.

“We are a party and we make our own decisions,” he said.

Malunga’s comment come barely a day after Chilima told a local radio station that the party has set up a team to look into how best to forge an alliance with the MCP, an alliance which would be good for Malawi not individual politicians.

Electoral alliances or coalition have become the buzz words in the run-up to the country’s fist ever fresh presidential elections proposed for May 19 2020 in line with February 3 Constitutional Court order following the nullification of last year’s polls.

Chilima said UTM want to engage on what would be a good alliance, saying there was need to think about the  desired state of the country.

“There has to be a semblance of convergence of our manifestos. If not, the alliance will collapse,” Chilima said.

He said the party will agree to on alliance on the basis of national unity.

Chilima  said UTM and MCP need to engage very deeply about how they want to move.

“I am not looking for perfect situation. But we don’t want to get into a situation where an alliance creates voter apathy.

“Leadership is not a determining factor as we explore alliances. I want to go into an alliance with motivation to address issues affecting Malawians. It is not so much about me. It is about how we deliver change. If the alliance decides that moving forward should mean I take the lead, so be it. If not, that’s also fine,” he said.

He said UTM will have to advise whether he takes a position in an alliance or not.

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mulumuzana
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mulumuzana

kwina kulikonse komwe chilima apite kumeneko nde kowinako…koma ife tikufuna kuti chilima ndi chakwera agwirizane komanso chilimayo akhale president period….tonse tikudziwa kuti utsogoleri wa ochakwera ngokaikitsa komanso osadziwika bwinobwino palibe chifukwa choyesera zinthu pano chikufunika ndi kuchita …ochita bwino zinthu tikumudziwa ndi chilima …how??? ndingopereka zitsanzo izi ….pac itapatsidwa ndalama ndi dpp kuti aitanitse nkumano wa Mutharika chakwera ndi president chilima , a chakwera adavomereza napatsidwa ndalama za fuel kuti apita ku state house kukakambirana ndi mutharikayu koma president chilima adati palibe chifukwa chokambirana ndi munthu yemwe akumatchula anzake a nyapapi tingodikira khothi…kenako a chakwera adasinthanso kuti nawonso sapitako just… Read more »

Mtete
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Mtete

MCP/ UTM alliance is a MUST but Chilima must grow up first. There is too much flip flopping with him at the moment.

Analyst
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Analyst

Bwana Chilima, the Southerners love you. But if you try to sell them to MCP they will desert you. They will leave you to go there alone.

POLITICAL PROPER GANDA
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POLITICAL PROPER GANDA

Mgwirizano or no koma zatelemu MCP/UTM palibe kudzawina.Anthu ochuluka a UTM abwelela ku UDF ndipo akumakambilana mokondwela zazimene amalakalaka asanapite kwachilima zomwe ndimgwirizano waUDF/DPP

noizi
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noizi

maloto sang’amba. Kumgwilizano aliense amabwelesa anthu ake. Atupele sangabweletse anthu a UTM to mgwilizano wake nd DPP. Koma poti maloto sang’amba, kazilotani 😉

Patriotic Malawian
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Patriotic Malawian

Alliances of National importance is so essential. We’re so tired of the corrupt DPP government now in bed with valueless UDF. I’ll vote for the alliance on basis patriotism and integral leadership. We need to get rid of the chaff period! UTM /MCP will be a great alliance. Think of one Malawi with patriotic leadership/selfless leadership, that’ll uplift every soul of beloved Malawian into God given destiny. Value Malawians in your decision making beyond party perspectives towards a bigger picture! Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand, and your enemies shall… Read more »

Zofu
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Zofu

small babies to make a full grown person

Mdala
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Mdala

We need a Change for Heaven’s sake! Do we want to see our country and us completely going to the dogs? Since we have multiparty democracy we get ruled and robbed by this two families. Appart from manipulating and rigging of elections, the have stolen quite a chunk of our tax money! Cases against them are still on or stalling at the Courts! We need a new start with new people for the good of our nation! Therefore you have to mobilise and unite all political forces we have! To make this happen we need the coalition between MCP and… Read more »

Peace Lover
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Peace Lover

Very democratic.I support MCP/UTM Alliance. You will be assured of a minimum of 55% Victory.

Kumzy kumzy
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Kumzy kumzy

No alliance then forget my vote

Mtete
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Mtete

Let’s think National. This is how it will be: Having scored higher during the May 21 elections, Chakwera will be the Torch Bearer while Chilima becomes Running Mate. Assume a 30 strong cabinet: Ministries will be shared according to the ratio 35/20, percentage scores at the last election. Forget rigging. MCP gets 30/55*(35), i.e. 19 cabinet posts while UTM gets 30/55*(20), i.e. 11 cabinet posts. The key ministries of Finance, Defence (for obvious reasons) and Homeland Security go to MCP while those of Agriculture, Natural Resources/Energy and Education. Out of the remaining 24 ministries 15 go to MCP while 9… Read more »

Ambuye Zibwerani
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Ambuye Zibwerani

Why must we have 30 ministers when we currently have 20. zopusa. They must maintain 20. 10 from utm and 10 from MCP

Mtete
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Mtete

Maintain the ratio. MCP gets 20/30*(18), ie 12 while UTM gets 20/30*(12), i.e. 8.
Your 10 MCP and 10 UTM has no basis, it’s too arbitrary and cannot be defended.

Mtete
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Mtete

10 MCP and 10 UTM is arbitrary and indefensible. If there are 20 Ministers, MCP gets 20/30*(18) i.e.12 while UTM gets 20/30*(12), i.e. 8.

Guilty as charged.
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Guilty as charged.

the elections were nullified so you have no basis. it’s a clean slate

Mtete
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Mtete

It is an assumption. You can pick anything provided you put up a plausible argument You don’t just pick up figures that you cannot defend

noizi
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noizi

any assumption based on wrong numbers is its self wrong

Mtete
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Mtete

Chakwera 35% and Chilima 20% are not wrong numbers even if the election was nullified. Argue as much as you want about these figures but the fact remains that the former won more votes than the latter. I am basing my cabinet posts allocation on this ratio. Do it otherwise and you have s huge problem convincing anyone.

Mtonga Mwana
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Mtonga Mwana

Nullified yes, BUT look at numbers in parliament my brother

noizi
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noizi

Kodi paja that “rude” lady MEC commissioner anatichani? “The same tippex put you in parliament” But when we want to defend a point we all seem to forget all this. And yet we claim to have a concern for Malawi. What a shame

Mtete
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Mtete

You are talking!!! I agree.

Minority President
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Minority President

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