2019 elections will be two horse race – analyst

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Despite many political parties registering to compete in the 2019 tripartite elections, one of the country’s social and political commentators sees a two horse race.

The commentator Onjezani Kenani said he only sees the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) competing for the presidency in 2019.

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Analyst says the competition is between DPP and MCP.

“The competition will be between the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Malawi Congress Party (MCP). Battle lines have hardened and any new entrant will have a zero chance of beating these two,” said Kenani.

He however noted that the winner between the two will be the party that will resolve its weaknesses.

Kenani said if the ruling DPP wants to win the coming elections, it must convince people that it still has a vision for a better Malawi as people are wondering why, only now, towards the end of its rule, the DPP government is laying foundation stones.

He wondered where the party has been all these four years and suggested that the stones are aimed at deceiving Malawians that the government is trying to do something about development in the country.

Kenani added that the ruling DPP can lose the elections due to unfulfilled promises.

He mentioned promises to expand manufacturing, to produce and export non-traditional agricultural and industrial products, to develop tourism and to double exports in the first five years, all of which have not been fulfilled.

Onjezani Kenani

Kenani: DPP can lose the elections due to unfulfilled promises.

“So DPP will have to find a way of telling Malawians why it did such a bad job in trying to implement its own promises,” he said.

On MCP, the commentator said the party has its best shot at taking over power in 2019 although complacency can make it fail.

He noted that there are indications of lack of internal democracy and tolerance of dissenting voices within MCP since anybody who has said anything the top leaders disagree with has been treated as an enemy.

Kenani said the coming in of Sidik Mia, while awakening the party in the South, risks irritating the North, especially since it seems to lead to the isolation of Speaker and party vice president Richard Msowoya.

“Politics is a game of numbers. While the party’s support in the centre is considered solid, the centre alone is not enough to carry it across the finishing line. Even if the Lower Shire decides to follow Mia and support MCP en masse, MCP will need the North, and alienating it now would be a big mistake. How the party addresses this will make or break its chances of victory,” he said.

Kenani concluded by saying that Malawians are sick and tired of voting out one set of thieves only to replace them with another claiming if MCP tackles suspicious government dealings in a selective manner, the people will not see the difference between the rebranded MCP and the ruling DPP.

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  1. Very true. That observation has always been there. That was foreseen by MCP that’s why they rushed the aborted 50+1 bill in Parliament. All other briefcase parties will only get stuck by the giant political parties to stay buoyant. But at the end of the day, DPP will fry a big fish.

  2. Angavotenso mcp ndani Dpp bomaa amatinyesa ndi unyolo ife kale ; anthu akunsanje chikwawa sangavotere mcp zitavuta bwanji dpp bomma

  3. Mcp ngakhale titapita kukavotera m’madzi singawine,yachepa kwambiri.Inu tazilotani muzalotanso mutaluza poti ndimaloto.Kuyambira muluzi,Bingu,Peter mcp kuluza kokha kokha ndiye mukawine 2019 kkk.MUZAZIONA.

  4. The young stallion has won the race already. This other horse is tired and injured and already out of the race.

  5. i do but agree with that commentator, in real sense a horse depicting black cock seems stronger than the mediocre chimanga one

  6. Ma admin awanso NDE olemphera mchito yao, muzingotumiza zokomera mbali imoDzi? Inu agaru ati? Sitingamve zina kupatula zandale? Mukusokeresa anthu ndikutukwanisa anthu osalakwa zisilu

    • well explained # Ellias,i’ve tellin people koma.seems like ambiri they’re too blind to lead the signs,to add up ,Chakwera ws a new name in political arena,but right now @list 90% of malawians akumudziwa pano ndye mukuona ngati zachibwana? hence dpp has brought conflict ku mcp inorder kuti chakwera asayime kenako mcp ipeze weak candidate,koma zimenezo sizitheka or pang’ono! ndani angawine u president wa mcp ku convention kupatura CHAKWERA panopa? kulibe even msowoya is nothin but greedy & power hungry…Sidik mia akuphwanya nsanje,chikwawa,machinga ,mangochi & balaka..muganizetu kawiri ma kadeti ndukuuzani!kkkkk

    • Your annalyisis is grear but failed in 1999.Gwanda represented MCP/AFORD alliance yet he was from Lower shire and Chihana from North as running mate.I personaly voted for Gwanda koma ndinagwa nayo.In simple ndale zakumalawi nzokomera olephera.

  7. Tell mcp asaononge dollar zawo sangawine!!. by any means. adikile kaye padutse 31 years kuti tiyambew kuiwala nkhanza zawo. ndibwino kukhala ndi boma la corruption than lakupha!!. zoti kunacha kalekale sakudziwanso amvere kwacha! kwacha!!. Leronso!.kkkkkkk

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    • Komaso mcp ndiyomwe inatibela kuposa zipani zose inatibela m’boma mkutopa inayambitsa ma card wokakamiza, misonkho yothamangitsa kulanda mmidzimu, ng’ombe, mbuzi, nkhuku, mpakatu mazila akuti mphatso za kamunzu. kungokana kukakumanga kubwela mwai wakung’ona basig palibeso kokasuma.

    • tsokatu nkukhala nkhalamba uli ku opposition! koma nkhalamba ukulamula ndi dhilu!!. zivute zitani peter awinanso. inu mufera konko kotsutsa.ndipo mdikaonesetsa munalengedwera konko

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    • Muziwerengako buku lopatulika mukava kuti atumiki a Mulungu amasunga anthu a Mulungu ngati munavako kuti Mose versas Pharao,Barak versas Canan,Gedion versas Phillistines,David against Goliath(philistine) just to mention a few ndalezitu zinayambira m’ bible ndipo atumiki a Mulungu a Israel a mapambana ngakhale Yesu anadutsa m’moyo wandale Pirato,pano kuti MW ipambane mmachitidwe ake ofunika Lazarous mtumilki wa Mulungu to read God’s pple Malawians Amen!!