Political analyst cautions parties on alliances

A renowned political analyst has cautioned political parties to put the interests of the public first rather than their personal gains when forming alliances.

University of Livingstonia based political analyst, George Phiri said most alliances focus on winning the elections rather than serving the majority which affects the development of the country.

Phiri said this as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) have just announced that they have formed an alliance in preparation for the May presidential polls.

“Political parties are possible but what matters is the purpose of the alliance. Most alliances are aimed at winning elections and serving the majority,” he said.

Commenting on the positive impact the alliance can bring, Phiri said the chances are very slight as most people have already lost trust in the two parties regarding to how they have led the country in the previous years.

On Tuesday, UDF and DPP announced that they have formed an alliance and in his words, UDF president, Atupele Muluzi, said the two parties have a long history which has proven that they can work together for the good of the nation.

And in his words, DPP’s president, President Peter Mutharika said the two parties have the same goals which is developing the nation hence the need to work together.

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