MCP, UTM In Grand Alliance Signing
After weeks of candid political discussions between two political ideologies, leaders of the Malawi Congress Party and the UTM parties finally put pen to paper an understanding binding them to an electoral alliance ahead of fresh presidential election as ordered by the constitutional court.
Thousands of followers of the two parties Thursday morning took to the streets of Lilongwe city in a march that begun from Civo Stadium through OLD Town and Biwi and Kawale townships before they converged on Kamuzu Institute for Sports where the grand ceremony is to take place.
Director of Youth in the MCP Richard Chimwendo Banda told the gathering at the start of the parade “This is the start of an unstoppable journey to redeeming our nation.
“We will march through town peacefully to show to the world the power of unity as together; MCP and UTM shall represent the aspirations of the majority of Malawians,” he said.
The parade snaked through town with thousands clad in either MCP or UTM colours.
MCP president Dr. Lazarus Chakwera and his UTM counterpart Dr. Saulos Chilima will preside over the ceremony a week after their camps acknowledged an agreement to this effect.
The two leaders emerge on a public platform today after a 61-day fellowship when they both appeared at the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe where the presidential election case was heard.
It is expected that either Chakwera or Chilima shall lead the alliance as presidential candidate with the other in tail as running-mate in the political marriage that has seen MCP vice president Sidik Mia and his UTM counterparty Dr. Michael Usi sacrifice their dreams for the state vice presidency.
The political union of the two parties has meant the coming together of other political parties such as the Peoples’ Party, Freedom Party, Afford, Mafunde, PPM and Umodzi Party, among other.