About 32 members of Parliament from Malawi Congress Party and Independent benches have met Vice President Saulosi Chilima asking him to lead an MCP/UTM alliance in a fresh presidential poll.
The Members of Parliament were led by Deputy Speaker Madalitso Kazombo and Kasungu South East MP Khumbidze Kandodo over the weekend.
“Yes its true they met. They asked for an audience and asked him to lead our alliance. The MPs say they dont think Dr Lazuras Chakwera can win votes across the country unlike Chilima” said a source who said the meeting lasted two hours.
Chilima is also said to have given them confidence by saying that “I’m ready to lead if you assist with mobilization. MCP can do better with a new leadership. Akulu aja alibe chikoka (Chakwera has no popularity).”
The MPs mainly from Kasungu, Dowa, Salima, Northern Region, Mchinji and Dedza say they believe SKC has better chance to defeat the DPP.
This new twist now escalates the divisions in the main opposition as most of its senior officials from its Central Region base have already dumped party vice President Sidik Mia openly, a position they are advocating to give to Chakwera in an electoral alliance.
Others are pointing fingures at businessman Simbi who has been working with former MP Rhyno Chiphiko to bring Chilima to lead the MCP.
However insiders from Chakweras base claim founding president Kamuzu Bandas family which includes Kazombo, Khumbize Kandodo and former Minister Ken Kandodo are working to oust Chakwera and return presidency to Kasungu.
Chakwera and Mia are yet to make statement.