UTM victory has started, says Chilima: Malawi veep vows to defend democracy ‘relentlessly’

Vice President Saulos Chilima has said Friday’s court ruling to register UTM as a political party is the start of ‘a road to victory’ for the party in next year’s tripartite elections.

UTM jubilant dance

UTM patrons at Kuwala Night

Lucius Banda and other musicians performing at the UTM’s Kuwala Night

Chilima: We are heaving for victory after victory

Chilima and his wife at the Kuwala Night

Some of the patrons at the Kuwala Night

Chilima who is also current leader of UTM spoke during a resource mobilization dinner and dance for UTM dubbed ‘Kuwala night’ held at Comesa Hall in Blantyre Friday night.

“Today is a victory day. It is a day of celebration. The ruling today is a celebration. There was also another celebration this afternoon because they wanted to kick the Speaker out but the courts have said he should stay in his postion, so this is a celebration day,” said Chilima.

Earlier in the day, High Court Judge John Chirwa ruled that the Registrar of Political Parties should register UTM as a political party within seven days from 21st September 2018.

The High Court also threw out an application to remove Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya for associating himself with UTM.

Immediately after the court ruling on UTM registration, social media was awash with propaganda reports that government had appealed against the ruling, but Chilima called on his supporters not to be intimidated.

“We have zero apology to make for winning the court case just like we will have no apology for winning elections in 2019. It is victory after victory for us. Do not be intimidated, no amount of propaganda should sway us. Don’t worry about trivia or garbage, if they want to appeal, the courts are not far from here, we will meet them there and again victory will come this (our) way.”

“We will defend democracy, we will do everything we can to defend our democracy . We will defend our democracy relently. If it means we must go to court we will go to court, if we must go to the streets we will [protests].. We do not owe anybody an apology  for winning a court case, in fact we are celebrating, and this is the start of our victory to 2019 elections,” said Chilima.

He said UTM will hold a victory rally in Nkhota Kota Saturday and will hold its elective conference at the end of this month followed by primaries.

Chilima asked ‘those who went into hiding because of registration issues to come out now because it will be victory after victory.’

“We say goodbye to United Transformation Movement and we welcome UTM. This is the name that we have decided to call ourselves; no one can decide what name to give us. We will call ourselves UTM because it is a victorious name,” said Chilima.

Apart from the sumptuous dinner, there were also music performances by legendary musician Lucius Banda and Saul Chembezi and also a raffle draw and pledges with businessman  and UTM executive member Newton Kambala pledging K10 million.

The organizing committee is yet to make an announcement on how much they have managed to realize during the Kuwala Night.

At the High Court, Judge John Chirwa described the decision by the registrar of Political Parties to reject UTM application as “unreasonable and unjustifiable” and ordered its registration within seven days.

He said in his 25-minute ruling that the  registrar erred in not considering the documents UTM presented before him such as the manifesto and constitution and instead only used information from the public domain.

“It is the further considered view of this court that what is relevant for consideration by the respondent [registrar of Political Parties] at the time of registration is the name as presented in the requisite document,” he said.

Further, the court said it did not find anything to stop a political party which was previously known by one name to proceed to apply for registration using a different name.

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matela
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matela

dust is yourself CHILIMA 2019 BOMA

Unoka
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Unoka

UTM moto buuuu 2019 bomaaaaa

Alamu Pumani Mwakula kuba
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Can you make a break through in the centre and south? Apo biiiiiii forget about winning elections.

United Transport of Malawi
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Is it United transport of Malawi or the full meaning remains a secret of it’s members? The thinking of this grouping is really worrying. They make think tanks question their capabilities to really transform Malawi with their level of thinking. From the look of things they all fight DPP on personal grounds ranging from vengeance and selfishness. The Balaka boy totally hates DPP because of his taste of jail after he flopped in his lead to impeach Bingu The Great. Interestingly the planners of his arrest are feasting with him in UTM. You can imagine how he is using the… Read more »

Dodolido Matama
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Amazing, the name of the political party is UTM and they have bid farewell to it’s former name of United Transformation Movement. So what’s the full name of the party? It seems these guys are trying to play around with human reason by trying to apply jig saw phrases. Is it because some of their master minders in the birth of the party are commedians in the name of winikos? Or is it another performing theatre that is trying to win political stage in some form? It seems these guys lack seriousness in their thinking. They lack creativity: of all… Read more »

UTM 2019 Moto kuti buu
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UTM 2019 Moto kuti buu

You can choose to register in any name, whether abbreviation or full name. The registrar whether of political parties or companies doesnt have to question you the meaning of it. That is why you see names like JJ investments or anything with just initials. However, that company or party may choose to use branding materials or promotion materials with the meaning of their initials. If the promotion or branding materials are similar to that of other organisation, then the other organisation is free to go to court to bar the organisation from using the branding name or statement. In this… Read more »

ESTERY CHIBAMBO
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ESTERY CHIBAMBO

BOMA I LOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mumumva kuwawa mukamalimbana naye Chilima

ndele
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ndele

indeed yanyamuka tu apa UTM, SANJE CIKWAWA BT VIA MWAZA ITULUKILA TSANGANO IYOOOO DZ LILONGWE MALILI CHADZA MPINGU KAMWENDO KAPILI KASIYA -KABUDULA CISEPO ITULUKILA KU CIDEZA- NAMBUMA UYOOO OOOO
DOWA MADISI UYOO NCHISI KUMENEKO, KASUNGU MZIMBA, MZUZU BORERO EKWENDENI BHWENGU KARONGA CITIPA RUMPHI.
BUS YA ALBION BELU LA CINGWE CITSULO CAKE KUKHOMERA POTO WAMUYAYA KUPHIKILA MPUNGA OSAPSERERRA-DURABLE.

TIYENI TIGWILILANE MANJA AKULU AKULU TIONE ZINA DZIKO LATHULI COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONDE

ndele
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ndele

eeeeeee mulekeni cilima . tiyeni tiapatse mpata enaso. kodi mchonayi mukumuopa kukalambaku kuti mumpanikize.mukukanika kugona ninji?kunja kuno kuibe oyera tose tili ndi citosi,kodi atawina iyeyu kapena wacipani cina osati dpp, dziko ndikuoneka kusintha nkhope simuzacita manyazi? tamusiyeni munthu ee
a zipani zina simumakhala nazo zocitika ? ma dinner dance/nights? koma nde kukokmera galu kugunda mbuzi

Bob
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Bob

I like these guys so transparent.

Tizanka
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Tizanka

Elitist party. Party for the elite people with class. All you villagers and uneducated classes non Tumbukas aren’t welcome. Chipani cha ma slay queen

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