Mulanje Bale councillor dumps DPP to join UTM

Mulanje Bale ward councillor Nettie Namaona has withdrawn her membership from the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to join UTM Party, citing lack of leadership and direction in the DPP.

Councillor Namaona swaps DPP for UTM
Councillor Namaona says DPP is  now operating in a situation of great uncertainty and confusion

Namaona said DPP is  now operating in a situation of great uncertainty and confusion.

She said that there is need for all well meaning Malawians to get concerned in the manner in which the DPP  is governing the country.

“I have joined UTM together with many others here in Mulanje Bale because  we are disenfranchised with the  mismanagement of the affairs of the country by the DPP,” said Namaona.

Welcoming the Councillor in UTM fold, party secretary general Patricia Kaliati said under the leadership of Dr. Saulos Chilima, who is also State Vice President,  UTM is the only party along aside its alliance partners capable of transforming Malawi.

The joining of Namaona from DPP to UTM comes barely days after Kaliati also welcomed dozens of DPP members who have joined UDF from Thyolo Central.

Since its launch in July 2018, it has not been an easy road for UTM.

Barely weeks after its launch, government reviewed the VP’s security detail, a move commentators said was due to the bad blood between Mutharika and Chilima. In August, the VP’s security detail was reinstated following a High Court order. Later the same month, the two parties agreed on an out of court settlement.

As if that was not enough, the registrar of political parties in October 2018  rebuffed UTM’s registration on the basis that the use of the abbreviation instead of the full name was a deliberate scheme to mislead the registrar because there is another registered political party using a similar name. It turned out the other party was Newton Kambala’s United Transformation Party (UTP). Kambala is an executive member of UTM.

However, High Court Judge John Chirwa on November 2 2018 ordered the registrar of political parties to register UTM as a party within seven days. Attempts made by then Attorney General Charles Mhango to have the registration turned down proved futile as the court said there was no justification for the appeal.

The same month, lawyer Bob Chimkango of DPP also appealed against the registration but the same court also threw out the application on the basis that it was “hopeless”.

Finally, UTM Party was registered, and later held its convention on December 17 2018 where Chilima went unopposed as president. He was party’s torchbearer in the May 21  2019 Tripartite Elections.

After Tippexed elections, Chilima challenged the results at Constitutional Court as first petitioner and the court ruled for  fresh elections which are slated for July 2, subject to an appeal ruling in the Supreme Court of Appeal where President Peter Mutharika and Malawi Electoral Commission are appellants.

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Peter
Peter
2 years ago

Say joined MCP…..there is no UTM after elections….mark my words

Chikoti
Chikoti
2 years ago

Get your facts right..she failed ma.primaries a u councillor ku.dpp. not that she is dpp councillor..

Maunits
Maunits
2 years ago

Kaliati is digging ground.

Akweni Kupepera
2 years ago

Even if Chakwera or Chilma decides t stand as a councilor for Mulanje Bale they will fail miserably

Mtete
Mtete
2 years ago

Why would Chakwera or Chilima stoop so low as to stand for councillor for an obscure council as Bale?

ERUTU
ERUTU
2 years ago
Reply to  Mtete

Educate Mtete

The trouble you asked me to finish-Hon M Gwalidi
The trouble you asked me to finish-Hon M Gwalidi
2 years ago

I support opposition because DPP has failed us but its true Chilima under UTM and Chakwera under MCP would not win,,,Kalindo, Kaliati and Manganya all failed miserably there,,,The opposition should be very careful with these announcements lest they may become too big headed. My vote is for Chakwera as a president and Chilima as his vice,,,

drogba
2 years ago

kodi paja ma councillor amatani paja? and what is minimum qualification?

ERUTU
ERUTU
2 years ago
Reply to  drogba

Bakha 🦆

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
2 years ago

Abale, is there anything left in dpp?

ERUTU
ERUTU
2 years ago

Tell me

Y R U sostupid!
2 years ago

Awa ndi matenda a mmutu! UTM ndi chipaninso lero!

Walodzedwa
2 years ago

Ambwiiye Pali Alomwe Ena opepera.Tangoonani anthuo ngati akuyenda phada or bawo.Bola akanati aliwa mcp..Akufuna azaime ngati mp kuti mwina azakhale ma mp 5
Kaliati wamunamiza

Independent Diplomat
Independent Diplomat
2 years ago

………… kkkkkkkkkkk !!!! Madness is real. Who has bewitched her ?

kaukonde
kaukonde
2 years ago

God riddance though I am with her where she says DPP lacks leadership. APM is a very passive leader and snores on the job. At time you wonder if he is interested to be president or is just forced to be. Stories of corruption are all over yet no action is taken. People are talking of Dissi and Chisale yet he does nothing to put the record straight.

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