UTM party has warned the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) against using government’s relief food for political campaign, saying the ruling party could be contravening the Political Parties Act.
UTM spokesperson Joseph Chidanti Malunga said the newly registered party would comply with the new Political Party Act which outlaws giving of handouts for political campagn.
“As a party, we respect all laws of the land. People should not be voted into office because they have money but because of their appetizing campaign promises to the people,” said Chidanti Malunga.
He said the UTM worry is that the DPP will skirt round the law to use the government relief food for campaign, saying this would be illegal.
“UTM is worried that that the ruling party will now be using government resources to go and give people in the name of relief items. This is where our worry is,” he said.
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Maurice Munthali said the police should enforce the law irrespective of who the person is or which party he or she belongs.
“Anyone who breaks the law must be arrested be brought before a court of law,” he said.
The new law came into effect on December 1, 2018.