Thursday, April 23, 2009

(NYASATIMES) UDF alliance partners back Tembo for president

UDF alliance partners back Tembo for president
Nyasa Times 23 April, 2009 01:15:00

Prospective First Lady, Mrs Tembo join UDF women dancing at the rally President of Maravi People’s Party (MPP) Uladi Mussa has endorsed Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UDF join presidential candidate John Tembo ahead of next month’s general elections.

Mussa whose party has been in working relations with UDF party of former president Bakili Muluzi said other parties in the UDF-alliance have also endorsed Tembo as a Grand Opposition Alliance candidate.

MPP president said Gwanda Chakuamba’s NRP, Kamlepo Kalua’s MDP and MDU of Amundandife Mkumba have unanimously endorsed the candidature of Tembo for May 19 polls.

“We were consulted. There is nothing happening out of our knowledge. The National Chairman [Muluzi} briefed alliance partners and we have agreed,” said Mussa.

He however said the parties will fight on parliamentary race.

“In politics the enemy to your friend is your enemy. We have a common enemy and that is DPP,” he said.

“Hon Tembo and Muluzi are experienced politicians and are very accommodating,” said Mussa.

Tembo’s candidature has received boost after Muluzi who nomination was rejected by electoral body, endorsed him to lead the MCP-UDF alliance.He faces incumbent President Bingu wa Mutharika who seeks a second term in office.

Political analysts have however billed the MCP-UDF alliance as “formidable” to secure Tembo the presidency.

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