Chilima gets UTM mandate to be torch-bearer in Malawi 2019 watershed polls

The UTM party first ever  elective national convention in Lilongwe has  given State Vice-Presidenrt  Saulos Chilima a mandate to lead the party be its torch-bearer for the 2019 Tripartite Elections as noone has challenged him to the position.

Mood: UTM convention

The convention unanimously endorsed  Chilima to the position as the  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) are  conducting the polls for other positions in the politiburo of the party.

Chilima, who was President Peter Mutharika’s runningmate in the 2014 Tripartite Elections, ditched the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in June this year and later joined UTM .

Other candidates, who had no opposition, such as Patricia Kaliati, who has assumed the position of secretary general, former  first lady Patricia Shanil Dzimbiri (formerly Muluzi) as director of women, Paul Chibingu as director of elections and Joseph Chidanti Malunga  as director ofpublicity, were declared winners by MEC.

Also elected unopposed was  Yassin Maoni as Director of Legal Affairs.

Several deputy directors went unopposed, they included: Deputy Director of Political Affairs: Emily Chinthu Phiri, Maquenda Chunga (DeputyNational Campaign Director ) , Charles Kazembe (Deputy Director of Economic Development), Olipa Muyawa (Deputy National Treasurer),  Alice Kanyani Johnson  (Deputy Director of Strategic Planning), Deputy director of Student Affairs Leonard Kamatenda, Annie Nyadani Makuta ( Deputy director of women and Fatima Nkata is deputy director of Diaspora.

However, the intensely contested  position is  that  of Treasurer General which has Iqbal Omar and Newton Kambala as candidates.

During the convention, the party ratified  its constitution a process which was led by legal expert Dr Chikosa Silungwe.

Attending the opening ceremony of the convention was Unites States Ambassador Virginia Palmer.

The mood was equally electric with top class decorations of UTM’s  red and yellow cloths covering almost everyspace with flash lights hanging from the ceiling.

About 882 delegates been drawn from all 193 constituencies, 81 political districts and four political regions of the country.

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Aka
Aka
1 year ago

Bringing in the north as a divisive point will not prove anything. It was not Chilima voting.Bravo Chilima that is the direction

Joel
Joel
1 year ago

Chilima, watch Regionalism here. You will fail like APM if you do not check the trend. Where are the Northerners in your first list of office bearers? please be inclusive right from the start.

chikoti
chikoti
1 year ago

Congratulations UTM, koma ma unopposed positrons onsewo? Unusual in an institution that has a fair and competitive setting..fingers crossed…

Meke
Meke
1 year ago
Reply to  chikoti

There were no much opposers the convention was jus an approval of names and their positions

matela
matela
1 year ago

chilungamo apa chaoneka saulos next president

Kumva KUWAWA
Kumva KUWAWA
1 year ago

Nanga aja amati sakwanitsaa!, wachedwa!, he has no time!……… WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY NOW!

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
1 year ago
Reply to  Kumva KUWAWA

Nanunso akwanitsapo chiyani apa? Simukuona ma unopposed onsewo ndimipando yongokokelerana? NEC yonse mungandilozelepo kuti akumpoto ndi angati? Kulephera kokhakokha kumeneko, yet amatokota kuti DPP ndi yasankho. Mukukumbukira MCP ndi DPP atakhala ndi ma unopposed ku presidential post, omwewa anatokota pamisonkhano kuti ku UTM kokha sizidzachitika, onanitu lero, mipando itatu yokha ndiimene anthu apikisanapo. Transformation ili pati apa. OOOH ndichifukwa chake anakalembetsa chipani ndi mau oti UTM osafuna kufunyulula kuti United Transformation Movement, amadziwa kuti sangaikwanitse transformation eti?

Kumva Pheniiii
Kumva Pheniiii
1 year ago

When Jesus says YES nobody and I mean nobody can say NO…….. the devil is a liar……….NZOTHEKA!, IT is POSSIBLE!!!

MOTO BUU!!
MOTO BUU!!
1 year ago

OH WOW! YOU DID IT!……… BEAUTIFUL, NZOTHEKHA!!!!!

Mwananyanian
Mwananyanian
1 year ago

Even the presence of the US ambassador at this convention won’t translate into votes. That’s obvious, and UTM should not crow over this.
Chilima, the HARDtalk failure, should be getting ready for humiliation next year.
I have wagered a million K on this!

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
1 year ago
Reply to  Mwananyanian

True that mwananyanian, look the presence of US ambassador isn’t new, she was invited and she had to honor the invite. Remember she was there at MCP’s, DPP’s and even UDF’s so palibe zooti ana osapola panchombowa azipopelepo apa. Kukanakhala kuti ma convention ena US ambassador sanapiteko, mwina tikanawapatsa ma credit.

Gertrude
Gertrude
1 year ago

Paja ena ankati its not possible, you don’ t have structures on the ground, you don’t have time……eeeeh angoni, you have shown them kuti iwo ndi amfana, ……… akumva Pheni asaaaaaaa!

namaseko
namaseko
1 year ago

IT’s POSSIBLE!!!! …….. akumva PHENIIIIIIII

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