Do not be fooled. There is a real agenda behind the movement of UDF MPs from the opposition ranks to the government side. This is not an event that happened on a whim. It has been long coming and it involves serious secret talks that have taken place between Bakili Muluzi and Peter Mutharika, mediated by Robert Mugabe. Although there are short term benefits for Bakili Muluzi, his son Atupele and the UDF, however, what these myopic are failing to see that in the long term, they will soon discover that they have been deceived. I will now unpack the plan very clearly so that you, my fellow Malawians, have no excuse that you were not told.
WHY IS THE UDF BEING SYSTEMATICALLY KILLED OFF BY THE DPP?
The DPP is interested in destroying the UDF because it is afraid of MCP, the real threat to the DPP. By using the UDF as a condom, and slowly but steadily swallowing it up, the DPP hopes to have the whole of the Southern and the eastern region in 2019 elections.
WHO IS BENEFITTING NOW?
Atupele Muluzi as an individual is assured of a long tenancy as senior cabinet minister. Bakili Muluzi his father has been assured of never standing trial for corruption in his ongoing MK1.6 billion case. All UDF MPs that have joined the government have been promised great rewards, including possible cabinet positions in the next reshuffle.
WHO ARE THE MAIN PLAYERS IN THIS STRATAGEM?
Ben Phiri and George Chaponda and the main DPP players, keeping everyone else in DPP in the dark, or threatening those that are unhappy with the plan that they will be sacked from their positions. Bakili Muluzi and Atupele Muluzi are the main players in the UDF, with UDF’s Ken Ndanga the main whip and middle-man between Ben Phiri and the UDF sell-outs.
WHAT IS THE ENDGAME PLAY?
This is the part that most people, even in the DPP do not know. The end game plan is to have George Chaponda, who has on record declared interest in the presidency to APM as candidate for 2019, with Ben Phiri as his running mate.
WHY GEORGE CHAPONDA?
Unknown to most DPP operatives, members and supporters, George Chaponda wields a lot of influence over Peter Mutharika. Peter Mutharika owes George Chaponda a lot of loyalty and must honour an old promise by rewarding him for the loyalty that George Chaponda’s family showed to the Mutharikas, especially late Bingu when they were in exile. There was a pact made then, that if Bingu became president, then George would follow and he, George has been assured of this by APM.
SO, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ATUPELE AND BAKILI AND SAULOSI CHILIMA, THE CURRENT VICE PRESIDENT?
They will be left in the cold. There is already a movement within the DPP to discredit Mr Chilima and keep his influence in the party as low as possible. The intelligence service has already been instructed to spy on him and track his every move lest he begins to find ways of playing his own game. As for the Muluzi family, they seem too blinded by their ambitions to actually see that the people they are eating from the same plate with are poised to betray them.