Dr. Saulos Chilima announced to his members that they shouldn’t worry about UTM being engalfed by MCP saying that MCP will be MCP and UTM will be UTM. This meant that the alliance agreement was specifically to do with 2020 fresh presidential election.
Timothy Mtambo decided to enter the political stage and confront the ‘then’ DPP with political bare hands and he formed CFT as his political machinery. He consequently endorsed the MCP/UTM alliance that was later on endorsed by other several political parties forming what came to be known as Tonse Alliance.
In this Tonse Alliance, each political party continued to exist with its own identity apart from sharing the common agenda that brought them together into an alliance.
It is surprising today, to see UTM supporters crying loud when Mtambo chooses to endorse and help campaign for MCP candidates as if there was an agreement that politician Mtambo will not take any political sides.
The UTM supporters are arguing that as a Minister of Civic Education and National Unity, Mtambo should not be partisan.
That is where things get strange and I fail to imagine how some people understand ministerial positions.
As far as I, Yamikani Nicholas Kachingwe, understand it, Ministerial positions are political in nature and the Ministry of Civic Education and National Unity is no exception. If all Ministers are allowed to be political and partisan in their political engagements, why should there be an exceptional expectation on Minister Mtambo?
As far as I see it, there is fear when the name Mtambo appears on a political contest field.
It is those fears which gave birth to rumours that Mtambo was to contest as an MP in the Karonga Central Constituency by-election.
Actually, it was UTM supporters spreading those rumours with allegations that he was not gonna win. When Mtambo came in the open to dismiss such fears, calm was restored.
Yesterday, Mtambo accompanied his colleagues and invaded Mangochi where by-election is expected to take place.
He vigorously campaigned for the MCP candidate there. Following this, the UTM camp has once again burst with anger into fragments of accusations and slander. They are accusing him of taking sides.
For God’s sake, UTM should not expect sympathy. Politics is what it is. In the first place, UTM should realise that the by-election in Karonga Central for example is happening following the death of an MCP parliamentarian in the area.
Was it not wise for UTM not to contest against MCP if the issue of partnership consideration is to be brought into the picture? Why has UTM chose to contest? The answer is clear. It’s because each party is existing on its own and not engalfed by another.
Therefore, expecting MCP to sympathize with UTM and not participate with a candidate in the election is a clear joke. UTM supporters should simply wake up to these facts and stop crying.
As to why there is a continued agreement between Mtambo and MCP, that is nothing strange in politics. Mtambo has every right to enter or sustain a political agreement with any political party whether for campaign purposes only or including governance.
Welcome to politics.