By Samuel Kalimira
Alliance for Democracy (Aford) president, Enoch Chihana, has freed his party supporters to vote for members of Parliament (MPs) of their choice in the wake of the Aford-UTM alliance.
Chihana said their agreement with UTM is only on the presidential candidature, adding that their parties agreed to feature MPs without considering terms of the alliance.
He was speaking in Mzuzu Monday during a meeting with Aford leaders from Mzuzu City, Nkhata Bay, Rumphi and Mzimba districts.
Chihana said the two parties agreed not to violate the rights of members who made a decision to contest in their constituencies.
“Our agreement with UTM is formal. We have papers which both parties signed. However, our members can vote for any MP of their choice within the alliance.
“For me as a leader, I will take responsibility to support both Aford and UTM aspirants. We are doing this because what we want is to make Saulos Chilima president at all cost,” Chihana said.
Chihana formally communicated the matter in the presence of UTM officials at regional youth level.
Aford candidate for Mzuzu, Mercy Mbezuma, reserved her comment.
“I am Aford and will be preaching about Aford in my campaign. Therefore, I am not going to add my voice on MP campaign war within the alliance,” Mbezuma said.
At the meeting, Chihana asked people to ignore Frank Mwenifumbo’s decision to become a running mate to United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate Atupele Muluzi in the May 21 elections.
He said Mwenifumbo has joined UDF alone, defying Aford National Governing Council (NGC) agreement to support Chilima.
Efforts to speak to Mwenifumbo proved futile.
Chihana’s sentiments come in the wake of unconfirmed reports that Mwenifumbo is planning to rally NGC’s support for Muluzi and him as running mate, saying the partnership will benefit the party.