UTM convention endorses Chilima as president unopposed

By Maravi Express Reporter United Transformation Movement (UTM) has endorsed its leader Dr. Saudi’s Klaus Chilima as the party’s president unopposed during their their national convention held in Lilongwe on Monday, December 17. There were also over 10 other positions that went unopposed and these were for secretary general (Patricia Kaliati); director of legal affairs Yasin Maoni; deputy national treasurer Olipa Chiluba Muyaba; director of publicity Joseph Chidanti Malunga; director of elections Paul Chibingu; director of women Patricia Shanil…

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Chilima Angers Neno Residents

People who gathered at Neno community stadium and Ligowe trading center waiting to hear from UTM Party rally  on Friday waited in vain after Party’s President  Saulos Chilima failed to show up at the sites. According to the party’s program on Friday, Chilima was supposed to conduct a whistle-stop at Kachere,Ligowe, Zalewa and and a slight rally at Neno boma before conducting main rally at Mwanza Community ground. Some of the people who were waiting to hear from Chilima…

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Wandale Denies Joining Chilima Movement

Self-acclaimed leader of People’s Land Organization, Vincent Wandale, has denied reports hovering on the social media claiming that has joined Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima’s UTM Party. On Saturday, UTM social media team and supporters carried a story claiming that Wandale will be joining the movement on 29th November. “I don’t belong to UTM neither do I and  the PLO intends to join the movement on 29th November. No political grouping has approached us for talks so far,” responded…

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Leadership Wrangles Hit UTM, Ex-North Governor Disputes Election Results

Former acting United Transformation Movement (UTM) Regional Governor for the North, Afiki Mbewe briefly walked away at the party’s regional elections in Mzuzu after he lost his post to Mzuzu City parliamentarian, Leonard Njikho. Mbewe who ditched the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for UTM was the first notable person in the North to canvass support for Vice President Saulos Chilima’s presidency in next year’s tripartite elections. But in its first ever legitimate elections since its formal registration as…

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Activists Hails Veep Chilima’s Dismissal

Social and Political activists has welcomed the dismissal of opposition United Transformation Movement (UTM) leader Dr Saulos Chilima in President Professor Peter Mutharika’s cabinet. President Mutharika made some changes to the Cabinet with effect from Wednesday, 7th November in the year of Our Lord 2018 in which Chilima’s name was missing. Commenting on the missing of Chilima, President Mutharika’s Mouth Piece Mgeme Kalilani said: “The missing of his name (Chilima) is reflection of his statements that he does not…

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Matumbi Rejects Chilima Movement Offer; ‘Ndine Mwana Wa Adad Pepani’

Malawi’s celebrated artist  Annie Matumbi, popularly known as Nyakwawa, has rejected a monetary offer to lure him into Vice President Saulos Chilima’s breakaway United Transformation Movement (UTM). Writing on his Facebook page, the Lilongwe based artist, who is to contest as Mighty  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Candidate for Lilongwe City South West constituency, said no matter how many times the self-made opposition label him as one that has never benefited a single tambala from the ruling party, he will…

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UTM Urged Focus on Issue-Based Campaign

National Electoral Systems Trust (NEST) in collaboration with the Centre for Conflict Management and Women Development Affairs (CECOWDA) have condemned the tendency of castigating and name calling by politicians as they campaign for the 2019 votes. A statement jointly signed by the two human rights non-governmental organizations at the weekend, has called on both old and new politicians on the scene to concentrate on issue based campaign as compared to tarnishing each other’s image. “The electorate need to be…

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UTM Angers Civil Society Organisations

The  National Elections Systems Trust (NEST) and Centre for Women in Conflict and Development (CECOWDA)  has accused Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima’s United Transformation Movement for verbally attacking country’s first lady Professor Gertrude Mutharika. In a rally  held at Njamba Freedom Park in the commercial city of Blantyre last week United Transformation Movement  top officials including Patricia Kaliati and former first lady Calista Mutharika took turns attacking Gertrude Mutharika for reasons better known by them, and them alone. Reacting…

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Chilima Urges Catholic Church to Be Financially Independent

Malawi’s Vice President Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima has urged the Catholic Church to be financially independent if it is to sustain its development initiatives. Chilima speaking during the 50th Anniversary Celebration of St. Kizito Minor Seminary in Traditional Authority Kachere in Dedza District. The Vice President observed that some entities of the Catholic Church, like St Kizito Seminary, was operating smoothly which he said needed to be sustained. Chilima, therefore, applauded the priests tasked with day to day operations…

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Operation Landslide; Mighty DPP Youth Endorse Mutharika

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth have endorsed President Professor Peter Mutharika as presidential candidate for the 2019 elections barely a week after the women wing and regional governors did the same. Speaking on Monday at a press briefing in Lilongwe at DPP headquarters, the four youth regional directors, Yona Mulotha from the South, Lalabu Malimba from the Centre, Steven Bamusi from the East and Kelvin Chirambo from the North, said the DPP youth in the country are for…

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