According to a press release made available to the Maravi Post, Vice President and UTM Party President Saulos Chilima had misgivings to the proposal to have former President Joyce Banda’s son Roy Kachale as his running mate which has led to Peoples Party pulling out of the Alliance just agreed on last Friday.
PP announced through a statement Monday that it has pulled out of the Alliance because UTM ‘has failed to comply with the terms of the agreement and the solidarity that existed between UTM and PP.’
But sources close to the talks said Joyce Banda was insisting that Saulos Chilima pick her son from Husband Roy Kachale as his running mate.
“But Chilima has looked at the interests of the nation over the interests of a family. This is what has led to Peoples Party to pull out of the coalition,” said the source.
UTM Publicity Director Joseph Chidanti Malunga said the party will come with an official response to the matter later in the day.
Earlier, former President Joyce Banda praised Chilima as the right person with energy to win the presidential election scheduled on May 21 this year.
Meanwhile Former President Joyce Banda is expected to present her nomination papers at COMESA Hall in Blantyre tomorrow at 2pm according to an official program released by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).