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UDF ‘settles’ for DPP alliance

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Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) has reportedly agreed to enter into an electoral alliance with Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ahead of the fresh presidential election, sources have confirmed.

UDF National Executive Committee (Nac) reached the consensus at its meeting held in Blantyre Sunday.

Reports say the meeting formed a committee comprising two vice- presidents and two senior members to negotiate with DPP on what UDF would benefit from the alliance.

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UDF wants the position of running mate in the election scheduled for 150 days from February 3 2020, the source said.

The committee is expected to report to UDF executive committee within two weeks and that it is DPP that should announce the alliance.

However, UDF Secretary General, Kandi Padambo, Sunday said its Nac did not choose a partner for the presidential election.

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“The meeting was organised for the President [Atupele Muluzi] to report to the committee on the discussions he has been holding with other political parties; DPP [Democratic Progressive Party, MCP [Malawi Congress Party] and UTM.

“By the way, all these discussions we are talking about were general discussions with no concrete offers and at this stage no decision has been made,” he said.

Announcing the meeting on his Facebook page, Muluzi said Malawi faces governance crisis, damaged national institutions such as Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) and a broken society.

“Let me stress again that there is a crises in governance, damaged national institutions like Mec and a broken society. We, in the UDF, are prepared to put behind our party political interests in pursuit of fixing the problems.

“Our discussion should not be about who gets what jobs in any government but what we can achieve by joining forces with a political party to ensure most importantly, peace and security in the country, which would be necessary for prosperity,” he said.

The meeting follows reports that Muluzi met President Peter Mutharika over possible alliances.

The country is bracing for fresh election after the Constitutional Court on February 3 2020 nullified May 21 2019 presidential election results after MCP president Lazarus Chakwera and his UTM counterpart Saulos Chilima petitioned the court citing irregularities in the result management.

Mec had declared Mutharika the presidential election winner by 38 percent against 35 for Chakwera and 20 percent for Chilima.

In last year’s election, Muluzi had Frank Mwenifumbo of Alliance for Democracy as his running mate whereas Mutharika picked Everton Chimulirenji who is now no longer Vice President after the court ruling reinstated Chilima to the position.

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