Chilima signs off Njamba in spectacular fashion:  Promises tax incentives

Vice President and UTM Party presidential candidate Saulos Chilima on Sunday signed off his campaign at the political mecca Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre in a spectacular fashion when he announced removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) on water, electricity and airtime when he wins the presidency next week Tuesday May 21.

In coming first couple: Chilima and his wife Mary, arriving at Njamba Freedom Park
UTM presidentia running mate Micheal Usi arriving at Njamba
Chilima addressing huge crowds at the famed Njamba
Huge crowds at Njamba Freedom Pack as Chilima wrapped his campaign in Blantyre
Some people had to stay up to here to watch the rally
Blantyre gives UTM warm support
Some supporters had to climb trees at the packed Njamba
Chibagela Mwamba: Chilima in his clenched fist signature greeting to UTM supporters

An energized Chilima, 46, read his record crowd so well and hit the sweet message at the right time and right moment.

Considering his audience was urban based, Chilima told them good news they have been expecting other contestants to assure them.

“When we take over government next week, we will remove VAT (16.5%) on water, electricity and airtime to make these basic necessities available,” announced Chilima attracting a loud applause from the huge escatic crowd  that attended the rally.

“We also want those who pay tax to have something to smile about. We will have tax free week where you can import your goods into the country without paying any duty.

“We could have these tax free weeks maybe two times a year but you should be registered with Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and have tax certificate to enjoy these benefits,” said Chilima.

The Vice President also announced that his government will lower duty on luxury vehicles especially the 4X4 which he argued most do not pay duty and the government loses out on revenue.

“We also want to assure our friends who sell vehicles in our towns and cities that we will construct proper car showrooms with proper facilities. It has happened in other countries and this will happen here in Malawi,” said Chilima.

He also promised to build ‘proper housing apartments’ in some townships in the country’s three cities so that people should own decent accommodation.

However, Chilima warned public officers engaged in corruption that they will answer for their deeds starting from next week.

“Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) which is just across here is in a project to construct hostels and in your contract you are buying a bag of cement at an equivalent of US$100 per bag (approximately K75,000). This is stealing and we have all this information, we will see each other next week, you will have to explain this,” said Chilima.

A normal market price for a bag of cement costs less than K7000.

Chilima also thanked Malawians for believing in UTM Party ideas, 10 months after its establishment.

“We want to thank you for believing in us and for allowing us to form the next government. We are sure we have delivered our message and Malawians have responded positively.

“So I am inviting you to my inauguration at Bingu Stadium next week, you are all welcome. Any by the way, we will hit the ground running because I am announcing the new cabinet next week,” said a confident Chilima to the ulululating crowd.

The Vice-President broke ranks with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on June 6 2018  and declared he will challenge President Peter Mutharika in the presidential race in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Chilima—whom President Peter Mutharika picked as running mate in January 2014 where he served as Airtel Malawi managing director—had a visibly rosy relationship with the establishment until his declaration and the President subsequently stripped him of his Cabinet portfolio of Minister Responsible for Disaster Management Affairs and in-charge of National Public Events.

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gwenenthe mwale
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gwenenthe mwale

political masterbation at its best
SKC is another BIG crook
Malawi can progress with such kind of readers

Khalidwe
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Khalidwe

UTM cannot win this election mark my words. UTM cannot beat MCP or DPP even at their weakest. It’s days when you will face reality. Don’t be cheated. This election will be won by MCP. Tell me which parliamentary seats throughout the the country UTM is certain to win? If you would get 10 seats you would be very lucky, otherwise you end up less than 10 seats.

Opportunist
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Opportunist

We are not voting for parties but for a leader.So if he has capabilities people will find him alternative

UTM
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UTM

SKC you have my vote.

mtete
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mtete

All I can do is wish SKC success. In fact I would have voted for him were it not for the”excess baggage” he is carrying in terms of former DPP diehards such as Masangwi, Makondi, Ngalande and the likes. Will he be able to ‘kill the rat on the clay pot’?.Further. many people have contributed in cash and kind. Won’t they demand a ‘pound of flesh’ ?

DPP-Yatha
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DPP-Yatha

Go and vote for him for a change. SKC does not believe in appeasement policy. Mark my words.

BigMan
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BigMan

Undoubtedly the most attractive candidate on this years ballot, passionate, inspiring and full of new ideas. Whether Malawians are ready for such a change candidate or they prefer the dull same old promises by Reverend Chakwera and Joyce Banda or they are satisfied with the leadership of 85 year old adadi and Chimulirenji remains to be seen.

One thing is for sure, we deserve the candidate that we vote for.

Sato
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Sato

Apa ndiye zivuta kukoperatu. A good government does not milk its people but improves income of the people.

MBUMBA
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MBUMBA

CHILIMA CANNOT WIN… THIS IS JUST ANOTHER MALEMIA…

uncle maliseche
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uncle maliseche

i am curious on the MHC scam so cement mwati at 75,000 OMG and all the people here stoning cant see that part just critics malawi malawi

Patrick
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There’s no such a project that MHC has given to a South African company
This just total lies and nonsense
Let prove it after the 21st May if he’ll still be in Malawi

Political commentator
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Not everyone at the rally will vote for you bro……mark my words. Do not be cheated by the multitudes……….voting age is 18, check how many there registered to vote this year………….some are for DPP and others are for MCP

DR MANGA
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UKUMVA PAIN YA CHILIMAQUAKE .

Necessary Noiz
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Necessary Noiz

And chimene chikukuwawa ndichani? Nde amene amapita kumisonkhano ya dpp or mcp azavotela dpp or mcp??? Anthu amapita kumisonkhano kuti akanve nfundo. Anthu awa azavotela UTM chifukwa UTM ndiyanfundo. One may think that is common sense!!! koma nzelu kusiyana

bwampini
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bwampini

i can see most of you who have commented on this article are MCP diehard supporters and you have really hated Chilima throughout. Politics of hate do not help anyone. Can you torn down a bit, you fools.

ANALYST
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Mwa dzina lako, ndiwedi Bwampini! MCP yakulakwira chani apa?