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MCP MPs suggest alliance with UTM

Some Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Members of Parliament (MP) have spoken in favour of a possible political alliance between MCP and UTM ahead of the fresh presidential election.

Addressing a rally recently, MCP MP for Kasungu East Madalitso Kazombo, who is also First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, said it would be easier for MCP to get 50%+1 of votes in the forthcoming election if they partnered UTM.

“We know that it will be difficult for us [MCP] to achieve 50%+1 of the votes if we go [it] alone. We need an alliance and that alliance should be with UTM,” he said.

Later, Kazombo said this is what people and chiefs in his constituency want.

“I was speaking as a son of Kasungu East. People are tired of poverty and we must bail them out. We need an alliance with UTM to have a definite chance of getting 50%+1 of the votes,” he said.

Kazombo said the 50%+1 system of electing the President is the most ideal electoral system as candidates will learn to value people from all regions.

Writing on his Facebook page, another MCP legislator Ezekiel Ching’oma said if MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera and UTM counterpart Saulos Chilima do not form an alliance ahead of the election, they shall have not done the people who took part in the election case justice.

“Those poor Malawians in the village put on hold farming activities and got married to the radio just to make sure they don’t miss those court sessions because they wanted you two to win. If you do contrary to the expectations of the locals, you will not have done them justice,” he said.

MCP Publicity Secretary, Maurice Munthali, said the party believes in an open door policy and it is working with People’s Party and Freedom Party.

“We believe that those MPs are only saying things they hear from locals on the ground. That is what will form our direction on how to proceed, but if that is what people want, who are we to say ‘no’?” he said.

UTM Publicity Secretary, Joseph Chidanti Malunga, said there is nothing wrong with the MPs giving their thoughts on the matter.

“We already said that we are open to work with any party but if the alliance is being formed for the benefit of Malawians,” he said.

On February 3 2020, the Constitutional Court nullified the May 21 2019 presidential election results and ordered fresh polls within 150 days from that date.

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