By Lumbani Nyasulu and Enock Balakasi
Vice President Saulos Chilima says ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) would not have won the 2014 polls without him as its running mate.
His proclamation follows accusations that he is clinging to the position. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has been demanding Chilima’s resignation saying he has not been not working since he dumped the ruling party in June and did not show respect to the party which put him in his position.
But speaking at a UTM rally at Chule Primary School Ground in Dedza on Saturday Chilima said the DPP should be grateful that he helped the party to win the polls.
Chilima said it was ridiculous for anyone to say he was not being ungrateful by choosing to take his own path as if he went begging to be running mate of President Peter Mutharika when he was an opposition candidate.
“It took four delegations for me to accept to be running mate and you found me in my office. I had a very good job, but you told me this is a calling and I eventually accepted. “And I worked hard to take DPP out of opposition. DPP would not been won without me,” Chilima challenged .
He also accused some of the DPP officials and State House workers making noise now were not there when he used his skills to engineer a victory for the DPP in 2014. “At every DPP rally they claim that I am an ungrateful person DPP, what should I be thankful for? The DPP would not have won without me, ” said Chilima.
Chilima said he owes no one any gratitude and the mandate he fought for and won runs up to May 2019.
“If I am still in this office beyond May 2019 then you can accuse me of clinging to my office. Otherwise I have no time for this nonsense,” he declared.
In his speech, condemned the DPP government for attempting to block UTM’s registration saying that the court battles over the past week were shameful and a waste of Judges’ time. He added that registration of a political party should be straightforward and not something worth celebrating.
This is a first rally just a day after his UTM party was finally registered after long legal battle.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the State suffered third successive loss in the case when the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a High Court decision to reject its application to suspend enforcement of an order to register UTM as a political party by close of business on Friday.
Notable speakers at the rally included the party’s secretary general Patricia Kaliati, Newton Kambala and former UDF vice president Iqbal Omar.
Meanwhile, Chilima retaliated his pledge to create one million jobs within his first year of office if elected as President in next year’s tripartite elections.