Chilima challenges DPP  ‘no rigging’ in 2019 elections: UTM to replace Fisp with cheap fertiliser

Vice-President Saulos Chilima told a  United Transformation Movement (UTM)  mass rally  in Chiradzulu on  Sunday that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will be foiled from rigging  the country’s  Tripartite election next year.

Chilima raised allegations of voter fraud but warned DPP will be foiled from rigging

People listening to UTM rally in Chiradzulu

People listening to UTM rally in Chiradzulu

Speaking at  Ndata Primary School ground in Traditional Authority (T/A) Ntchema in Chiradzulu which was televised live on Times TV, Zodiak and Mibawa TV,  Chilima said they have heard reports of some DPP officials recording voters details  but warned that they will fail in manipulation of the election results.

“We are following it up but let me assure you that  I am absolutely confident they will not succeed to steal (the people’s) choice of leaders in 2019,” said Chilima.

“We will not allow them to subvert the will of the people,” he added.

“They are succeeding in stealing public funds but on the votes, if they think they will steal using technology then they must forget it,” he said.

Chilima also  complained of violence and harassment against his supporters, saying DPP were “brutes” practising uncivilised politics in a democracy.

Just like in all places Chilima has launched UTM, he elaborated what he will do if ushered into power next year.

He condemned the DPP for the usual sins of executive arrogance: greed, nepotism and corruption, saying it is worsening poverty in the country.

Chilima told the crowds that UTM administration will  replace the scandal riddled Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) with a programme  for cheaper fertiliser to promote agriculture and ensure  household and national food security.

Fisp is dogged by political and logistical problems and many Malawians have expressed frustration with the subsidy programme.

The programme is increasingly missing its goal of promoting household and national food security through government’s provision of quality seeds and subsidised fertiliser to smallholder farmers.

Chilima said  a  cheaper subsidy programme could best replace the  Fisp programme, which  is not serving its purpose as it is only benefitting a few.

“We need to promote agriculture and end this shameful history of poverty in Malawi. Fisp is good but it has to benefit all farmers if we are to end hunger in this country,” said Chilima, who dumped DPP in June and is seeking  to run for presidency  against his boss President Peter Mutharika.

Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) president Alfred Kapichira Banda  agreed that Fisp – which is expected to benefit one million smallholder farmers this year – is a failure and needs to be replaced.

Banda said Fisp has become a scandal because its budget is drained right from the coupon-printing stages to project officers’ expenditure on air tickets and fuel and personal allowances outside and inside the country.

During the first few years, after its introduction 13 years ago, Fisp proved effective to poor farmers who enabled Malawi to retain its earlier status of feeding itself after many years of food insecurity.

Chilima said  the country need to promote modern farming technologies, revamp agriculture market and invest in value addition to grow the country’s economy.

He added that UTM government would ensure of good and stable markets for farmers.

In her remarks, UTM secretary general Patricia Kaliati laughed off government’s move to order Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) to buy pigeon peas at K230 per kilogramme, saying the move is meant to benefit a few greedy tycoons  and not smallholder famers.

The order came after smallholder farmers had sold their produce cheaply, at between K20 and K70 per kilogramme.

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#DzukaniAmalawi

“Atambwali sametana” by Saulos Klaus Chilima

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You’d know Chilima that DPP rigged the elections using technology…….you’d know. Let the truth come out and declare that UTM won’t use similar digital manoeuvring to win the elections.

jamax
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jamax

A Chilima mwayamba kuonda nawo ntchito ya kampeni anzanu kapeni akupanga ndi ma party vice Presidents a muzigawo – and APM ali phee aku gwira ntchito yake – kaya BP sikupezani kaya kkkkk!!! anzanu APm ali pa easy pano wapita ku States inu inu muli busy kuphika mabodza kuti muziwanamiza anthu kkkkk!!!!!!!. Nanga inu momwe zili kun ku Africa munga chipitse feteleza yelekezani muone ngati saoloka kumapita kumaiko ena kkkk A Chilima Mmalawi muzimuwerenga bwino bwino mudzakhumudwa 1 Day,,,

Dimingu
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Dimingu

Njoka saweta ndithu, muli mboma momwemu buzy kuyankhula izi ndekut mnabea limozi mu 2014 hence shows DPP INABERADI MAVOTI AJA

Malawi Awakes
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Malawi Awakes

Hon Vice President so you are now admitting that you used technology at UNDP to rig the elections and therefore you know how to stop DPP using the same technology to rig the elections.

Noxy
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U crook basi kufuna abele anthu 2019 zosamveka zokhazokha kumangoti saabela mavoti basi kuopela kutali choncho bwanji?

Truth Shall Free Us
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Truth Shall Free Us

Chilima you were aware that Bingu corruptly enriched himself but you still agreed to be APM’s running mate and rigged the elections with someone who was trained to RIG elections by VJ Mwanga. You will be as corrupt and dictatorial as APM and Bingu. Kwacha MCP. 🇲🇼🇲🇼🇲🇼🇲🇼🇲🇼🇲🇼🇲🇼🇲🇼🇲🇼

Nalingula
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Nalingula

Who first proposed Universal fertilizer subsidy ?MCP under JZU.What’s MCP policy on fertilizer? Its Universal Subsidy.Ndiye msazamuve wina akuti MCP yabera mfundo Zache.

Nzika ya Malawi
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Nzika ya Malawi

Msamala, mumangofuna zaulere basi zosakhetsera thukuta zongopindulira chosen few? Awatu akuti aliyense apindule. Kena mufunanso akumangireni nyumba ndikukwera ma bus aulere eti?

Unoka
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Unoka

UTM moto buu ku Chiradzulu !!!! . Believe me 2019 owina sakuziwika kkk.

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