Chilima says ‘Malawi will have a new president  … it will be me’: Promises free Malaria drugs

Vice President Salous Chilima declared United Transformation Movement (UTM)  will not be shaken by acts of violence and intimidation being employed by the  ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to frustrate the movement’s agenda, saying the will of God and the people of Malawi will be the force that will propel him to election victory against all the odds.

Fast-track rise: Chilima and his wife in Ndirande

Mary Chilima waves to the crowds

Chilima addresses crowds in Ndirande

The people are the authority: Crowds at Nyambadwe Primary School grounds at UTM rally

Chilima said this when he addressed a UTM  political rally at Nyambadwe  primary school ground in Ndirande Townhsip  on Saturday.

Earlier in the week, the Blantyre City Council refused the movement permission to hold the rally but UTM held the rally after its legal team obtained a court order against the decision.

Upbeat and energetic, Chilima faces the task of unseating his boss President Peter Mutharika after he dumped DPP in June.

Chilima said DPP time is up and the ruling party is hanging by a thread, hence resorting to primitive tactics to frustrate UTM and other politcal opponents.

” We are not shaken. Our pillar is God and the support from Malawians.  You will not succeed to shake our resolve and agenda for Malawi,” he said emphatically.

He said UTM remain steadfast in its quest to redeem the country and re-build it for the benefit of all Malawians.

Chilima said Malawi was once a beautiful and admirable country, hence UTM will restore all things that  once made Malawi a pride in Africa and beyond.

” But for this to happen this country needs a visionery leader who is passionate about and foccused on development,” he said.

“Next year we will have a new government and a new president … and that will be me,” said Chilima in speech spiced by humour.

Chilima also said UTM government will ensure that Malaria drugs are distributed free to all Malawians to reduce Malaria cases in the country and curb drug theft in hospitals.

He gave an example of life prolonging drugs ARVs saying there no rampant theft of these drugs because they are provided free.

The Veep also bemoaned lack of safe and portable water, good schools and helath facilities in Ndirande.

He also said most youths in Ndirande are jobless because most companies at Makata industrial area closed down due to economic hardships.

Chilima assured people of ndirande that UTM will address their plight, himself having grown up in the township hence understands the challenges in Ndirande better than any presidentail candidate.

“We are saying time and again, from one place to another, that we need to rescue this country from potential extinction.

To do so, we need to clean up the mess. We need to root out corruption and after that, we need to build strong foundation for sustainable and equitable development,” said Chilima.

He also outlined UTM agenda and vision to transform Malawi which he has been articulating in all the previous rallies UTM has held.

The UTM leader said he is advancing transformative politics that is a service to humanity and not a means of livelihood for few people in power.

“Let us save Malawi for a brighter future for all,” he said.

Chilima has earned a reputation for delivering passionate speeches spiced with humour and his signature proverbs and in Ndirande he punctuated his speech withe five of them.

Earlier, Mulanje  South Member of Parliament Bon Kalindo said the huge turn out of people at UTM rallies is a clear sign that people are tired with DPP leadership and are thirsting for change.

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Akamuna
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Akamuna

Chilima, is talking of free malaria drugs for both public and private hospitals. If private hospitals have free malaria drugs, then people will find it hard to steal since there will be no market. Those in public hospitals do still and sell private hospitals

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

At least give Chili a some credit for reviving the hopes of Malawian which we long lost. At least he’s inspirational and youthful. He resonates with the people an touches on relevant social and economic issues. The taste of the pudding will be in the eating so let’s him a chance. If he goofs we vote him out in 2024.

Samuel
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Samuel

Awina kale tisanavote? Atiwerenga mitima? Andale musamapusisike ndi anthu amene amabwera misonkhano yanu. Ena amabwera kudzamva mfundo. Ena kudzangoona. Anzanu akabwelanso anthu ake ndiomweonso. Chinachoti mudziwe ndichoti anthu ambiri odzavota alibe nthawi yobwera kumisonkhano yandale musamawiniretu chisankho chiri kutali. Amene alindi maeliya ndi mabranchi odalirika nndi amene amawina. Osamazinamiza. Amalawi timalembetsa 7 million koma ovota pang’ono. Muyamba mwazifunsapo kuti chifukwa chiyani? Vote ilimumtima zimachitika mkazi wako weneweneyo kukavotera aneba chifukwa chansanje. Osamazipopa moposera. Odzawina akumudziwa ndi Mulungu basi. Mayeso supambana usanalembe pokhapokhapo wabera mayeso komanso zimatheka obela mayesoyo kulephera opambana kukhala winawake amene zinali kumuvuta mkalasi koma chifukwa cha khama… Read more »

Pedegu
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Mukunama anthu onse akumabwera pansonkhano pano akufuna azaone Belethe Sokosi Chigulumamina Chilima

Tutu
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Tutu

Kutha ma plan Chilima. Malaria medicine is free.

BigMan
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BigMan

Not in private hospitals achimwene, people steal the free drugs from government and sell them to private hospitals. Thats what he wants to stop. These should be free everywhere, by law.

Kambwiri
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Mkaladi waleledwa ndi malemu Valera uyu!!!!!!

Tutu
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Tutu

Chilima, osadzakomoka mukadzaluzatu.

Nalingula
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Nalingula

If he was so confident of Winning next year he could have Resigned from the Corrupt government. Koma atoopa kuluza ka Pension ka u Vice President. Mukapusa Amalawi mutaya Vote yanu mmazi.Iyeyu has Nothing to lose he will still Get a House ,Security,Car as former Vice President for the Rest of his life .Inuyu mukukutikabe Chifukwa chotengeka.If he is serious let him Sacrifice his Pension by resigning.

Morgan
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Chilima O’ Chakwera. UTM olo isalembetse Chilima azayimabe pa u president. Kodi former veep Justine Malewezi sanaime pa independent? Ngati boma likuganiza kuti Chilima sazayima mukuzinamiza

Unoka
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Unoka

About free ant-Malarial drugs the UTM leader was talking about in reference to ARVs, the point he was trying to communicate was that ARVs are free both in private and government health facilities as such there is not market for these drugs in an event that someone has stolen them and wants to sell. This in principle, has to a larger extent prevented theft of ARVs. Ant-malarial drugs on the other hand, for example LA, is free in government hospitals while in private clinics and hospitals, someone has to buy and if not mistaken, the price is around K2,000.00 which… Read more »

Huwee
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Huwee

He has been 4 years as vice President assigned to lay reforms and he never proposed this on Malaria Drug. He is now talking about it because he wants to be president. What other demands is he going to make for him to the most suitable. Maybe extra……meat and more wives?!!…….!

Kalulu Wadwala
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Kalulu Wadwala

Comments herein are haters. Chilima is not a political condom but a serious Malawian who wants to make a difference . Whether we are MCP or DPP or UDF let’s accept that a wind of change is here. Chilima is a phenomenal. He is the deal. A courageous young Malawian man ready to take the bull by its horns. Nanga za maliseche tikumvazi ndi ulemu? Nanga ma primaries akuyambitsa nkhondo wa nde tiziti ziyenda? Where is UDF after the convention?

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