Any deviation from the agreement, Chilima claims, is a political fraud
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) secretary-general Eisenhower Mkaka said that the party does not have any document stating that Chilima and President Lazarus Chakwera will share terms.
Malawi: Vice President Saulos Chilima says he and President Lazarus Chakwera agreed that Chakwera would not run for president more than once.
Any deviation from the agreement, he claims, is a political fraud.
He said: “And in the Pre-election contest, the following was agreed:
i. That the Presidents of the Malawi Congress Party and the UTM shall agree in writing who would be candidate and who would be running mate
ii. That subject to the decision of the national executive committees or conventions, as the case may be, of the UTM and the Malawi Congress Party, the presidential candidate during the fresh presidential election of 23 June, 2020 shall not be the presidential candidate during the immediate next election and shall cede the candidacy to the running mate in the fresh presidential election of 23 June, 2020
He has hinted that, while the option of breaking the alliance exists if the promises made are broken, it would be unfair to Malawians who trusted and voted for them.
He said: “However, if there is insistence from other elements within the Alliance and their advocacy for a split as we move towards 2025, the best would be to terminate the Alliance now. Of course the instigation and termination of the Alliance by all parties now would also amount to cheating on the popular will of the people of Malawi that mandated the Alliance to form Government. The behaviour that seems to place some partner under the Alliance as the sole voice that swayed the popular vote of the 23 June 2020 presidential election must be frowned upon. Indeed, if we were to terminate the Alliance, in honesty we would have to call for a fresh presidential election.”
Meanwhile, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) secretary-general Eisenhower Mkaka said that the party does not have any document stating that Chilima and President Lazarus Chakwera will share terms.
Mkaka stated that they will work with all Tonse Alliance partners to ensure that the issues raised by the Vice-President earlier in the day are addressed at their next meeting.
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