Thu. Nov 14th, 2019

Blantyre has Spoken, Gives UTM Warm Welcome

By Smash Reporter

Thousands of people on Sunday stormed Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre to listen to Vice President Saulos Chilima and his United Transformation Movement (UTM) as they unpacked their vision for Malawi.

The event was not short of known personalities including former attorney general Raph Kasambara, Balaka North parliamentarian Lucius Banda and Michael Usi of odya zake alibe mlandu.

 

Saulos Chilima receiving warm welcome at Njomba freedom Park in Blantyre

In his speach, Chilima reiterated his stance against corruption saying he will not shield anyone when UTM takes over government next year.

Chilima further called for investigation against corrupt practices in government and parastatals such as the Electricity Supply Corparation of Malawi (Escom), Blantyre Water Board (BWB), Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc).

The second citizen said UTM is serious and will field candidates in all positions including ward councilors and members of Parliament in 2019 tripartite elections.

“We will hold a convention and elect a leader to represent the movement. We will also pay for all UTM parliamentary candidates in all 193 constituencies as well as candidates in all councils,” he said.

Chilima at the UTM rally in Blantyre: UTM will shield no one once voted into government.

On UTM plans for the country, he reiterated that it will create 1 million jobs within a year as well as improve the nation’s education and health systems.

“We know how to do it and I repeat we will do it. Don’t ask me how because I am not gonna solve the equation for you,” said Chilima.

Speaking earlier during the rally UTM secretary general Patricia Kaliati said she was delighted with the high turnout saying it shows people’s trust for Chilima.

Kaliati: this support is showing that people trust Chilima to be their leader

Chilima initially launched UTM at Masintha Ground in Lilongwe last week on Saturday following a sour relationship with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which forced him to resign from the party.

After launch in the South, the movement is also expected to hold a regional launch in Eastern region and finally in the Northern region on August 4 in Mzuzu.

The maiden Masintha rally and Blantyre witnessed a large number of young people gracing the launch, with a mixture of political colours, including Newton Kambala’s United Transformation Party which has joined the movement and Manganya’s [Michael Usi] Wodya Zake Alibe Mlandu.

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