By Norah Phiri
14 March 2018
Former president Dr Joyce Banda has withdrawn from presidential race for the May 21 2019 elections after her People’s Party (PP) formed an electoral alliance with Malawi Congress Party (MCP)and endorses Dr Lazarus Chakwela.
The announcement has been made today in Lilongwe in a joint press briefing by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Peoples Party (PP).
PP Secretary General Ibrahim Matola has disclosed this during a press briefing held by the two parties at MCP HQ in Lilongwe.
This means President Joyce Banda has withdrawn her presidential candidacy to endorse MCP president Lazarus Chakwera in the May polls.
This is a decision that was taken by the People’s Party national executive committee,” said Matola, reading a brief statement.
Matola said Banda is also announcing her endorsement of the candidature of MCP presidential torch bearer Lazarous Chakwera.
“The People’s Party fully supports Her Excellency Dr Joyce Banda’s decision,” said Matola.
Matola said the decision has been reached “ after having Malawi’s greater common good.”
He said: “Malawi is bigger than individuals. As such we all have to set aside individual aspirations and emrace the greater and common good.”
Matola added that discussions between MCP and PP started as far back as 2015 while Banda was still in United States of America.
He said the details of the endorsement will be announced once Chakwera returns from overseas.
During the news conference MCP Secretary General Mkaka read the same statement in Chichewa.
Mkaka said he was happy with the development.
With the MCP-PP alliance and combination of Freedom Party of former vice president Khumbi Kachali, it could pose the most credible challenge to President Mutharika, the flag bearer of the ruling DPP.
By Norah Phiri