UTM leader Saulos Chilima has gone to the depth of forming an electoral alliance with Joyce Banda, in a desperate move to win May 2019 elections.
In 2014, Malawians evicted Joyce Banda, and her Peoples Party (PP) out of government, mainly for presiding over the wanton plunder of public resources at Capital Hill, dubbed Cashgate.
But according to reports, Chilima has sealed an electoral alliance deal with Banda. According to reports, the deal has also encorporated Tikonze Peoples Movement (TPM), a grouping of six briefcase parties which is being led by former vice president Cassim Chilumpha, and Alliance for Democracy (Aford).
In the pact, UTM is contributing a presidential candidate, PP a running-mate, Aford a second vice president, while TPM will grab the speakership of national assembly should the alliance suceed in defeating the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of Joyce Banda.
This will also be the first time Joyce Banda will be working with Chilumpha after the PP had described him as “lazy” after he dumped the orange political house.