Malawi should not slide to dictatorship, let people attend opposition rallies freely —SKC

UTM  party’s leader Saulos Chilima has taken a swipe at the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government for threatening those who attend opposition political rallies,saying it is their Constitutional right to listen to different political views.

Speaking at Khonjeni primary school in Thyolo during a UTM rally, Chilima said once he gets into power, he would reverse the political trend.

“We have credible information that the traditional leaders were barred from attending this rally, this is why you don’t see any chiefs here. This is bad for our democracy, this will come to an end when the UTM wins the elections next year,” said Chilima who is predominantly self-driving his personal Toyota Hilux double cabin pickup on his whistle-stop tours across the country.

Chilima also thanked UTM followers for peaceful co-existence with DPP supporters, saying Malawi is one although with different political views.

“I have seen that some people in DPP attire have come to listen to us, this should be encouraged. Let them come and listen to our messages, who knows, they might be converted to UTM,” said Chilima.

The UTM leader, who is the country’s Vice-President,  repeated some of the things the UTM would do once in power which include creation of one million jobs, abolishment of quota system of selecting students into public universities, creation of mega farms, among others.

Chilima, who broke ranks with the governing DPP to form the UTM, said he is aware they would face turbulence, but said the people should   be prepared and be assured of successful landing, come the polls.

He said Malawians fought for democratic rule in 1992, and went for the referendum in 1993, before the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) was kicked out in the first general elections in 1994.

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Ken
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Its like common people in Thyolo are benefiting anything from DPP government while the reality is that they are struggling just like all Malawians all over the country. Akungofera kuchipinda kwathu thing while akudyelera ndi anthu ochepa

JJ Mbewe/pathfinder
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JJ Mbewe/pathfinder

Chilima, what did you expect? Just accept it that you can not gain popularity in Thyolo and other districts you know which ones. Just admit it that people have sent you a strong message by not attending your rally in Thyolo. No one stopped any body from attending your rally, that is why you managed to have five hundred people at your rally, and that’s reality live with it. Iwe umati ungapite kuchipinda kwa DPP ndikuyembekezera kuti akupatsidwe bulangete kuti ufunde, mwana osavinidwa mulukhu iwe?

Webster Thomu
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Webster Thomu

Anthu 500? Koma mwapengatu….

sato
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sato

Intimidation is the trump card of DPP but the flip side of it is that people come to a point where they decide enough is enough. DPP should take a leaf from MCP fall in 1994. A good number of voters who voted it out of government came from its stronghold. Malawians can tell whether a government is a good or bad though politicians think they are wiser.

Chemjambe
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Chemjambe

Mumatha bwana Chilima, tiyeni basi tipulumutse dzikoli

Achiswe
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She clearly doesn’t have a clue how to dress. She certainly doesn’t impress. Frankly she looks stupid. Back to the fashion stylist, madam.

Mtenzi Mzungu
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Mtenzi Mzungu

Kulowa kuchipinda is one thing kugonako is again another thing.

Luka
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Luka

Before Mega Farms are introduced, I hope that the records of previous attempts, such as the Ujamaa villages of Tanzania and the collective farms of the USSR, will be studied to determine why they failed.

Duduzane
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This chilima guy is going to change our politics

matela
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matela

tili pa mbuyo pano bola osazaiwala zomwe mukulankhula tikakuikani pa mpando brother

Yaphama
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Yaphama

Mr VP don’t mind those chiefs of Thyolo they’ve told by their masters not to attend the rally but they’ll vote for UTM, za manyanzi mafumu shows ur umbuli, ndale ndi zosiilana muzapanga manyanzi 1 day