Chilima dumps UTM branding amidst MCP demands

A bitter row erupted between UTM Party and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) on Thursday  Saulos Chilima used  his party vehicle branded with UTM symbols and his face as presidential candidate on his whistle stops in Nkhotakota with MCP demanding it be erased.

Chilima has erased his face and UTM symbol but not painted MCP symbols
This UTM branded vehicle cause stir in Tonse Alliance

MCP got mad and censured Chilima  for not using the face of  Tonse Alliance candidate Lazarus Chakwera and MCP colours.

Chakwera is MCP president and the ticket that Tonse Alliance is supporting is of MCP with symbols of  party.

MCP says Chilima cannot be marketing his face and brand when the face is not on the ballot paper.

The country’s estranged vice-president Chilima has instead told off MCP that he cannot use MCP colours in the campaign as he is using his own money to woo votes for the alliance. Chilima added that the vehicles he is using are UTM vehicles and they cannot be branded MCP.

Chilima’s deepest fear is that UTM could be dead, buried and forgotten if his face and UTM logos will be replaced by MCP brands.

To strike a balance after pressure, Chilima accepted to remove his face and UTM logo but refused to use MCP symbols.

On Friday, Chilima reluctantly removed the branding of his face on his UTM vehicle in his whistle stop in Salima on Friday.

But he has already instructed UTM supporters and officials not to use MCP symbols as he fights to prevent the demise of his party.

Chilima had pushed for UTM to retain its identity in the fresh election by demanding that they present a symbol that reflects the identity of the two parties on the ballot paper.

Chakwera did make the application to Malawi Electoral Commission  (MEC) to allow them change the cockerel symbol which MCP uses on the ballot papers to one that reflects the alliance with UTM.

But MEC rejected Chakwera’s application for them to change the symbol of MCP into something else. MEC said that change would be against the law.

This means that while MCP’s identity remains intact, UTM’s identity is dying.

MCP loyalists have hinted that after elections they will make it clear if Chakwera wins that it is an MCP government and a Chakwera presidency. They will promote MCP and ensure the Chakwera administration has all MCP footprints all over.

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CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
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CHILIMA-COVIDIOT

Inu a UTM! Iyitu ndi MCP
MWINA ENA MAKA ACHICHEPELE,SAKUIDZIWA BWINI
Mathelo a Chilima akhala omwewa

Joloza
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Honestly, this alliance is not working well for Chilima. Let’s not choose to be blind deliberately

political commentator
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UTMCP will win no matter how much effort from devil dpp will be shown. Leave Chilima alone, concetrate on the healthy and campaign of your gogoz

Chikoti
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Chikoti

It could have been better to use Tonse alliance symbol, had it been it was registered with political party Registrar,otherwise for campaign clarity MCP symbol.should be.on every vehicle campaigning for the Alliance…its a tricky thing to.so if not fully into the.alliance,as it appears with chilima…

Lima
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Lima

Chilima in a red car without any symbols – beginning of serious PROBLEMS

BigMan
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BigMan

Stop wasting time, Tonse alliance is going to win the election.

Nalingula
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Nalingula

Why are Cadets more Worried about UTM ….But they are Very Comfortable with Atupele Taking Over DPP ….Chifukwa Choti Atoba Zambiri and Atupele will Protect them…. Should the Worst Happen….Both Chakwera and Chilima Know that with 50+1 alliances are Here to Stay …Let Those who don’t understand that the Dynamics of Malawians politics have changed for ever …Celebrate ….Koma Ife Maso Patsogolo…

Shonai
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A katolika munamusekerela poyamba paja pomulola koyambira kunyoza Peter M’chalichi .Anajaila tsopano ,wangoyamba chabe.

Shonai
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Chalaka bakha nkhuku siingatole.Mau aakulu akoma. Akagonera.

Zio ine
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Zio ine

Waganyu wakumana nazo. Waziwona tsopano. I once listened to MCP guys Nkaka, Chimwendo Banda and Nsungama discuss how the will deal with Chilima. This pompous guy is just going to be used and dumped. What happened not to put a common symbol during nomination was deliberate because they knew he was so obsessed and would not notice. When they attempted to give the new symbol they knew MEC would refuse and that they would say it is MEC . And once they get into government they say they will ask Chakwera to ignore Chilima because alliances are not supported by… Read more »

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