After battling and tussling, the registrar of political parties in Malawi has finally registered UTM as a political party.
In a letter written to lawyers representing UTM, Ritz Attorneys-at-Law and addressed to one of the legal firm’s partner Lusungu Gondwe, the Registrar of Political Parties Deputy Registrar Chikumbutso Namelo has confirmed the registration.
“Please find enclosed herewith the registration certificate of UTM Party in accordance with the court Order made by Justice M Chirwa on 2nd November 2018,” reads the letter.
According to the registration certificate, UTM was registered on 21st September 2018.
The UTM leader Saulos Chilima, who is the country’s Vice-President, warned his followers that they would face turbulence, but asked them to be prepared and be assured of successful landing, come the polls.
Chilima, who broke ranks with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to form the UTM, said they will fight the appeal.
“Do not be intimidated, we fought for this democracy; we fought to be free, if they decide to appeal, we will fight them there. Don’t waste time with trivia or garbage,” said Chilima.
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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