UTM, MCP deny meeting for possible alliance

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The UTM is expressing surprise with remarks by the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) that the two parties cannot go into an alliance.

At a political rally in Mchinji over the weekend, MCP Secretary General Eisenhower Mkaka branded UTM officials as a bunch of thieves and disgruntled politicians who are hungry for power.

However UTM acting spokesperson Joseph Chidanti Malunga wonders why MCP could start disowning them when there has never been a possible alliance talk between them.

Malunga describes the derogatory remarks made by Mkaka as retrogressive.

On whether UTM leader Saulos Chilima and the MCP president Lazarus Chakwera meeting two weeks ago was focusing on forming an alliance, Malunga could neither agree nor deny the reports.

What many were expecting as a great deal between MCP and UTM in terms of political alliance is now a failed deal.

A reliable source within MCP has told us that UTM leader Saulos Chilima and MCP President Lazarus Chakwera met two weeks ago to discuss a possible alliance for the 2019 general elections.

According to the source who did not want to be named the two discussed at length on how they will work together and who should be a torch bearer between them.

The inner circle of Chakwera is said to have disagreed with having Chilima as the alliance torch bearer and resorted not to go ahead with the deal.

Yesterday’s MCP Mchinji rally tells it all as its whole machinery distanced itself from a possible political alliance with UTM.

Mkaka hinted that it would be better if they work with other political parties than UTM arguing it cannot help them win the 2019 tripartite elections.

UTM spokesperson Joseph Chidanti Malunga underscores that there is indeed no alliance with MCP and there is no need for them to be castigating each other.

“I don’t know why there are these kind of assertions. But I think it’s probably just a reaction to the recent survey that was conducted in the country,” Malunga adds.

A political commentator Ernest Thindwa believes much as the UTM has portrayed significant popularity but the battle is between DPP and MCP in the 2019 elections.

He however further states that the DPP’s victory would depend on how the UTM reaches out to the masses. As the urban population does not contribute much to the total votes and the UTM is yet to reach out to the rural masses.

The tripartite elections are scheduled for May 21, 2019.


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