UTM,UDF MPs reject presidential age limit bill

By Twink Jones Gadama

The rejection of the Presidential age limit bill by United Transformation Movement (UTM) and United Democratic Front (UDF) members of parliament has sent shockwaves through the political landscape in Malawi.

Hon Kondwani Nankhumwa, the former Leader of Opposition(LoP) and the legislator for Mulanje Central, is facing a tough battle to garner support for his private member bill aimed at restricting the age of Presidential candidates to 80 years.

Nankhumwa’s efforts to sway UTM and UDF MPs to support his bill have hit a dead end, with MPs from both parties rejecting his advances.

The rejection has left Nankhumwa scrambling to find alternative avenues of support, including approaching independent MPs.

Kondwani Nankhumwa

However, it seems that even independent MPs are wary of supporting Nankhumwa’s bill.

One UTM MP, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed that they could not accept the money being offered by Nankhumwa, as it was allegedly proceeds of corruption from the MCP.

The MP also claimed that Nankhumwa was being sponsored by the MCP, with promises of a running mate position in exchange for his support for the age limit bill.

The rejection of Nankhumwa’s bill by UTM and UDF MPs highlights the deep divisions within the political landscape in Malawi.

The allegations of corruption and political maneuvering have further fueled tensions and suspicions among MPs, making it difficult for Nankhumwa to garner support for his bill.

Furthermore, the looming threat of leaked recordings of conversations between Nankhumwa and independent MPs adds another layer of complexity to the situation.

The potential exposure of behind-the-scenes dealings could have far-reaching implications for Nankhumwa and his allies, potentially damaging their credibility and reputation.

As Nankhumwa prepares to present his private member bill in parliament, he faces an uphill battle to secure the support needed to pass the bill.

The rejection by UTM and UDF MPs, coupled with the skepticism among independent MPs, poses a significant challenge to Nankhumwa’s efforts to push through the age limit bill.

The unfolding drama surrounding the age limit bill reflects the power struggles and political intrigue that have come to define Malawi’s political landscape.

The rejection of the bill by UTM and UDF MPs underscores the deep-rooted ideological differences and personal rivalries that continue to shape politics in the country.

As the debate over the age limit bill intensifies, it remains to be seen how Nankhumwa will navigate the challenges ahead and whether he will be able to garner the support needed to pass the bill.

The coming days and weeks are likely to bring further twists and turns in this unfolding political saga, as Malawi grapples with the implications of the age limit bill and the power struggles it represents.

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