Political coalitions not fruitful in Malawi – analyst

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A political analyst has described the coalition between the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) as an immature move which has led to the division of the UDF.

In 2015 DPP and UDF made a coalition following the appointment of UDF’s president Atupele Muluzi as Minister of Natural Resources and Mining. UDF Members of Parliament also moved to the government side although MP for Balaka North Lucius Banda declined to move.

Atupele Muluzi, Peter Mutharika

Atupele Muluzi is being taken to task for ‘killing UDF. (Muluzi with Mutharika- FILE)

On Tuesday some UDF MPs from the Central Region conducted a meeting where they asked Muluzi to make it clear what the future holds for their party as it is still clinging to the ruling party.

Speaking to Malawi24, one of the political scientists in the county Wonderful Mkhutche from Chancellor College said the request made by the party members in the Central Region is justifiable as in the very first place Muluzi did not consult his party members on whether to make a coalition with the DPP.

Mkhutche said the union between the two parties brought internal conflicts in UDF as one of its members Banda made it clear that he will not be part of it.

“The problem was that Atupele Muluzi did not consult widely on the move and looking at confrontational history of the two parties the union never made sense, of course there are no permanent enemies in politics but this was an immature move that will continue dividing the party,” said Mkhutche.

He added that by entering the union Muluzi compromised his 2019 position and after working with the Joyce Banda administration in 2012 he ended up contesting against it hence if he chooses to contest against the DPP in 2019 it will be the same scenario.

Mkhutche further said that Muluzi will not be able to speak against the same government he is in and if he chooses not to contest he must forget about getting any position.

Wonderful Mkhutche

Wonderful Mkhutche: Coalitions has not helped in anything.

According to Mkhutche, UDF holds no key part in the union and there are ambitious politicians in the ruling DPP who cannot allow any stranger to take what they think they deserve which will put Muluzi and UDF in a difficult position as far as the 2019 elections are concerned.

He also said that the union has not benefited the UDF members and that is the reason why the members are rebelling against it as Muluzi is the only visible member in the party.

The political scientist said that with time the UDF will start losing its popularity something which could have not have happened if they had chosen to be on their own and had strategized how best they can one day go back into power.

He however said that coalitions in the country are created by situations and do not have visible ideologies.

“The 2004 Mgwirizano can be a good example as first it was for the whole opposition party before they later on divided and that shows the extent of our political division,” said Mkhutche.

He added that in 1999 AFORD and MCP made a union and in 2009 it was UDF and MCP which is not different with the DPP-UDF coalition as it does not have common ideologies as seen in the crash of their 2014 campaign manifestos.

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42 Comments

  1. Atupele Ndimbuzi Yamunthu.Mwamwayiwake Sindinayambe Ndamulingalirapo Ali President,he Is Like Father Like Son.Amalawi Tiyeni TiChenjere Or Chakwera Tikumuwona Ngati Mpulumutsi Leroyi Ndithu Adzatikhumudwitsa.Tingopemphera Kwambiri Mulungu Azatipatsa Mtsogoleri,chitsanzo Ndi Gambia Adama Barrow Sanapangeko Ndale Or Tsikulimodzi Pano Ndi President Tu Atakhala Mu Ukapolo Kwazaka 22

  2. Ma Analyst ake ndi atinso. Mesa ndi anthunso ndipo ali ndi zipani zakukhosi kwao? Atupele, Youthful, civilized and only the best politician who knows when to campaign and unite to develop our counry. Than the rest crooked politician who dont know whento campaing and develop our country

  3. Atupele couldn’t make that decision on its own, I hope his father told him to do that inorder to be protected with the government of DPP on that case of 1 bilion Kwacha corruption case, and u can see that Dr Bakili is really protected with the government, and the out come of that case will be positive, in another hands, Atupele and Peter were good friends already even those days of Bingu’s leadeship, Atupele and Peter they could chart inside the parliament, even Atupele sometimes could visit Peter’s residence in Nyambadwe. Rember Atupele was also the first candidate to accept the results that favour Peter to be the president though the results was been doubted that the voting system was corrupted!

  4. So Atupele is finished! We hoped one day he would rule Malawi, but he has shown to be useless!! UDF was a very big party, but sure it is now reduced to a Thondwe Football Team!!

  5. UDF & DPP coalition is fruitful because they’re all destructive parties belongs to fools who don’t care about the warfare of Malawians only crockedness is their priority I pity the fools who vote them

  6. mpamene mudzidziwa kuti alesi amakonda zaulele monga ngati amenewa cholinga chofuna kupitiliza kubela mtundu wa mwini wake Mulungu mukhaula muona

  7. MWANA OFEWA KUNGOTI CHITINI CHOPANDA MADZI PHOKOSO KWAMBILI ANTHU AMENE SAMAZITSATA NDALE AMANGOBWEBWETA ZILI ZOSE. NDINGOTI ALIYESE ADZIWE IZI UDF SIINGAFE NDIPO SIIDZAFA KOMASO AMOYO YEMBEKEZANI ZOTI UDF IDZABWELELASO M’BOMA MUNGOKHALA PHEEE.

  8. Mwanayu Mulungu azimukhululukila ndipo akanaziwa komwe kunachokera chipani cha UDF sakanapanga za fodya zakezo, chipani cha UDF chinali chipani cha anthu koma lero wachiika mthumba and chomwe angaziwe ndichoti tizaonana pokolora. Mwana opanda nzeru komanso opondeleza achinyamata, nanga choncho akamati achinyamata ndi atsogoleri amawa pamene tikukanika kuima pa chilungamo anthu azatipanga support?

  9. Ine chakumawaku ndayanika nsalu yanga ya DPP pa chingwe koma momwe ndimabwera nazangopeza nsalu yokhayo chimanga anajambula chija achotsa …..ndangogwira pa kamwa kuti koma chaponda walusatu

  10. mwanayi wafelesa chipani pamene athu ena anachimvera kupweteka koma osachidyera.yantha basi udf ndiye 2019 muzabwele muziti ine ine 2019 boma!!! tizaonesana

  11. Dont trust the politicians they came in public insurting each other..find them in private they r eating together
    And started saying …(eee ayise pamene paja ndiye undiwonjeza bwanji) shaking hands hagging

  12. News coming in members…Hon George Chaponda has travelled to Germany…business class ticket costing 4million plus. He is attending a meeting in his capacity as minister of agriculture. There is a shire basin meeting.