Thu. Nov 14th, 2019

Thousands attend UTM launch – Chilima delivers its development strategy for Malawi

By Desire Mtawali

Thousands of people from all walks of life flocked to Masintha Ground in Lilongwe to witness the launch of the United Transformation Movement UTM, a party formed by former members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party who want Chilima to contest for presidency in the 2019 elections.

Saulos Klaus Chilima
Vice President Saulos Chilima and Noel Masangwi during the UTM launch

While addressing the multitude, among other issues, Vice President Saulos Chilima has said his United Transformation Movement (UTM) will create a million jobs in the first year of its administration if entrusted to lead Malawi during the 2019 elections.

“If you do not believe this, ask Airtel Malawi. When I am given a task I work tooth and nail to make sure it is completed,” said Chilima.

Chilima also promised to end the quota system of selecting students into universities saying the system is discriminatory.

A great multitude came to launch the UTM

While presenting some of the programs his administration is ready to deliver, Chilima said the party aims at transforming this country and ending corruption to ensure everyone has opportunities regardless of tribe or religion. He explained that as a party they believe that the problem is not the parties that Malawians vote into power but poor leadership, saying he will introduce reforms to curb the corruption.

Vice President Saulos Chilima delivering his speech as the UTM president

He also condemned people involved in the killings and abductions of people with albinism in the name of becoming rich saying they are evil and stupid people. Speaking at the same event during the same launch, Former First Lady Shanil Muluzi also showed support for Chilima. Other speakers at the launch included Former First Lady Callista Mutharika and Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya as well as legislators Patricia Kaliati and Noel Masangwi, Newton Kambala the president of United Transformation Party (UTP), legislator Lucius Banda, former minister Iqbar Omar.

Omar in yellow and Shanil Muluzi behind Omar

In her speech, Gondwe asked Chilima to be “Malawi’s Obama” or transformational leader like France’s youthful president Macron or Tanzania’s James Pombe Magufuli.

“Liberate this country please, be our Magufuli,” she said.

Gondwe said Chilima should reset the button and end nepotism, cronisym and corruption.

In his remarks Lucius Banda said will support Chilima because the vice president is a leader that he has been searching for.“You need to forget your party, religion, economic situation and consider your country’s situation. When that time comes you need to forget everything and die for your country. We were young in 1994 when we fought for multiparty without considering our political affiliation.

Honourable Lucius Banda shaking hands with UTM officials in support for Chilima

“Today Malawi needs one person who will not be nepotistic. After careful consideration I have found that person in Chilima,” Banda said.

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