20 August 2016 Last updated at: 8:02 AM
Malawi opposition parties should forget uniting to dislodge Mutharika
The plans by the Malawi opposition political parties to unite in the 2019 elections to unseat the current President Peter Mutharika have been laughed off as a joke by a social commentator.
According to the commentator, Emily Luwani, the plans by the opposition are just a joke and they cannot be achieved.
“The first question is who will lead such a coalition? All the leaders in the opposition camp are thinking they can be the President and to imagine them uniting is just wishful thinking,” Luwani said to Malawi24.
Luwani said that the political parties that form the opposition block were weak and confused such that a joint effort to unseat Mutharika was not going to materialise.
“If you look at the political parties, they are already at war with each other. The MCP is fighting withi itself, the wrangles in the PP are far from dead, the UDF is a part of the ruling and yet it has some of its members refusing to endorse the marriage that it has with the DPP. In such a state, who will lead the unity?” Luwani wondered.
She said that at the moment, no one could be seen as mature and sober enough to lead in building a united front against Mutharika who has been forecasted to win the 2019 elections.
At a rally, President Mutharika also laughed off the idea that the opposition parties are ganging up against him. He claimed that they were afraid of him and that is why they were planning to gang up against him.
However, Malawi24’s news analyst William Simango said that although the opposition was rocked with too much trouble of its own, it was too early to dismiss their plans for a coalition.
“Remember in 2004, there was the Mgwirizano coalition. It did not win but still it sent a message that a united opposition block is possible,” said Simango.