By-elections Campaign Exposes Cracks in Mtambos’ CFT
The on-going parliamentary by-election campaign in has exposed CFT membership political allegiance which has potential to split the renowned political pressure group.
Some CFT leaders convened a press briefing in Lilongwe on Tuesday to attempt to explain that as a group, the political grouping is supporting the MCP in the current campaign.
However, there is an off-shoot CFT group in Karonga district that has openly said it is supporting the UTM.
CFT leaders Timothy Mtambo, who is also minister of Civic Education and National Unity has openly backed the MCP in the on-going parliamentary by-elections campaign.
UTM and MCP went to June polls together in what has come to be called the Tonse Alliance to unseat President Peter Mutharika and Mtambo used the CFT to help campaign for the Tonse Alliance.
The successful mission resulted in MCP leader Dr. Lazarus Chakwera becoming the state president and UTM president Dr. Saulos Chilima becoming the state vice president.
The two political parties now face off in by-elections in five constituencies where each hopes to carry the day.