Opinion by James Nyirongo
According to the rumor mill the Instigator of UTM Callista Chimombo – Mutharika is not enthusiastic about the proposed Alliance announced with Fanfare by embattled Vice President Saulos Chilima.
Posting on the official UTM Facebook page reads, I am pleased to inform you that, earlier today, the UTM signed a joint statement with three political parties, agreeing to work together towards the May 2019 tripartite elections.
This alliance with the People’s Party (PP), The Alliance for Democracy (Aford) and Tikonze People’s Movement serves to further cement our victory at the polls come May 21. Meanwhile, the door remains open to all democratic forces that seek a new beginning for Malawi.
As a strong believer in strength of unity, I urge all UTM supporters to accept and support the birth of this landmark development.
Further details, including the unveiling of the torchbearer for the alliance, will be made at a press conference to be held in Lilongwe, on Monday, 4th February 2019.
However even before the final agreement has been made available many are questioning the wisdom of uniting with a losing party like peoples party that does not have any chance of bringing votes to UTM but will likely lose the party many voters.
Many remember how Joyce Banda arrested people like Akweni and Callista Mutharika blames Joyce Banda’s resistance to her husband Bingu as partly to blame for his death.
Political commentators have warned former president Joyce Banda to reject the temptation of imposing her son, Roy Kachale, as Saulos Chilima’s running mate.
The analysts say if the newly formed electoral alliance wants to preach transformation, then it should start by walking the sermon.
The arrest of Midnight six
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led administration dropped a number high profile cases including the case involving President Peter Mutharika and six others who were accused of a coup plot and intending to rape the constitution to prevent the then Vice President Joyce Banda from taking over after President Bingu wa Mutharika’s death on April 5.
On April 6 at midnight, Mutharika who was leading the opposition DPP and six other ministers reportedly spearheaded by former Information Minister Patricia Kaliati held a live news conference to argue that the then former President Banda was ineligible to succeed because she was no longer a member of the ruling party
This Alliance will alienate more supporters of the UTM than what the leaders anticipate and could spell the beginning of the end.
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