The High Court in Blantyre has ordered the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties not to continue withholding the registration of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) of President Peter Mutharika’s political ally-turned-nemesis Vice-President Saulos Chilima.
The registration of UTM was rejected because the Movement opted to register using its abbreviation of ‘UTM’ instead of the full name which is ‘United Transformation Movement’.
However, lawyer Michael Goba Chipeta, representing Chilima, argued that it was illogical for the registrar to base his decision on information not provided by the applicants saying, besides, the movement was not granted a chance to be heard as required by rules of natural justice.
Presiding judge John Chirwa in his determination quashed the reasons by deputy registrar of political parties Chikumbutso Namelo that they cannot registrar the movement because of its use of the abbreviation instead of a full name as undemocratic.
The court said UTM can be registered as such and ordered Registrar of Political Parties that UTM should be duly registered as a political party within seven days from September 21 2018 which means the party is now officially recognised.
At the court UTM supporters mocked and denounced their perceived destructors and oppressors as “small kids” who cannot match them at their political game, in obvious borrowed language of their leader Saulos Chilima who usually refers to his main opponents, especially the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as “afana” (small kids) who cannot afford to rig 2019 elections.
The judgement on the UTM registration will precede a fundraising dinner and dance the movement has organised at Comesa Hall tonight dubbed Kuwala Night which Chilima will attend and address the patrons.
Chilima will also be addressing a rally in Nkhotakota on Saturday.