MCP, PP, AFORD in a Coalition for Change?
By: Happy Arnold Soko
Things might not be going well with Peter Mutharika after the recent coalition between the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), People’s Party (PP) and Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) merging together to pressure Mutharika to resign.
The three major opposition Political Parties held a joint rally in the capital Lilongwe on Sunday to force the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) under President Mutharika to address the challenges rocking the country and to resign if he fails.
The rally organized by MCP President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera was attended by PP Third Vice President Kamlepo Kalua and Aford President Enock Chihana.
Opposition parties gave Mutharika a 90 day ultimatum and reiterated that if he fails, he should step down peacefully or they will personally go on to the street to protest.
Recently veteran human rights activist Undule Mwakasungula labeled the three opposition parties as “power hungry”. The Former Chairperson for Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) is reported to have said that the opposition parties have lost their responsibility in the rebuilding of the nation.
“There is so much being debated on the current situation in Malawi. We are witnessing so many commentators and analysts talking on this and that. Of course that is Malawi, a country where everybody will say something on anything.”
“We hear remarks from opposition political parties mostly Malawi Congress Party and NGOs that President Peter Mutharika and his DPP have failed and should go,”stated Mwakasungula.
However, PP publicity secretary Ken Msonda bashed the remarks by Mwakasungula citing that opposition people are not power hungry. Msonda said the joint rally was meant to pressure Mutharika to come up with an immediate solution.
According to PP, at the moment Malawians have a common problem and a need a common approach by joining hands.
“It is not true that PP is in a working coalition with MCP, it is our nature as Malawians when the country is going through economic, politic and social challenges like as is the case now, we forget our political affiliations, differences and move together to sort the mess. There is hunger; no maize at Admarc market, the kwacha is trading badly and no drugs in government hospitals. All these things are making all Malawians to move together and pressure this government to deliver.” Said Msonda.
When asked about the one to take over from Mutharika if or when he resigns, Msonda said that even he can deliver better that the DPP administration.
“Who was leading Malawians before Mutharika? Malawians do not have a shortfall of leaders, give it to me as Msonda. Within ninety days I will turn things around. Those who say opposition is power hungry are not genuine Malawians.” He concluded
Malawi under the leadership of Mutharika is facing numerous challenges ranging from the downfall of kwacha to social, economic and political struggles.