UTM younger and brighter, DPP is looking older and duller — Callista

Former first lady Callitsa Mutharika who led her open support for Vice-President Saulos Chilima to become  presidential candidate in the 2019 elections on Saturday said she was happy Chilima has succumbed to the call to lead United Transformation Movement (UTM) and bring new thinking to the country’s governance system.

Masangwi: In 2011 late President Bingu wa Mutharika warned us against making Peter Mutharika leader of the country

Callista Mutharika speaking at the UTM rally: Sorry we supported Matchona

Chilima, his wife Mary, at UTM launch

Callista was speaking at Masintha Ground when UTM was officially launched after quitting the ruling Democratic People’s Party (DPP) citing corruption and nepotism.

She accused the DPP  of failing Malawians since gaining power four years ago.

Callista then apologisedto the nation for supporting ‘matchona‘ [returnees from diaspora] in a direct reference to President Peter Mutharika who lived outside the country for many years before coming back during late Bungu Wa Mutharika’s rule.

Speaking at the UTM launch,  Callista, the widow of DPP founding president Bingu wa Mutharika, said  the gathering at Masintha is a sign that Malawians are tired of the current leadership.

She said UTM is hope for the lost generation and is attracting fresh ideas, new thinking  and leaders of all talents.

Callister said as the ‘government in waiting’, the movement led by Chilima is  younger and brighter while the DPP is looking older and duller.

National organising Chairperson for UTM Noel Masangwi who is also Blantyre City East MP said  in 2011 late President Bingu wa Mutharika warned them against making Peter Mutharika leader of the country.

Masangwi did not say much on this saying he will say more at  the next meeting, Nyambadwe Primary School ground in Ndirande, Blantyre next Saturday.

Marverick Patricia Kaliati, ‘secretary general’ for UTM  took a swipe on people who are calling them as being ‘disgruntled’ saying ‘yes’ they are disgruntled due to huge problems the nation is facing citing lack of essential supplies in heath facilities and high unemployment rate among others.

Speaking earlier Newton Kambala president of United Transformation Party (UTP)  clarified that they agreed to rebrand to UTM to “accommodate all people”.

“I have been in touch with Dr Chilima because I saw that he is the only one who can lead us towards transforming the nation,” he said.

President Mutharika picked Chilima, then Airtel Malawi managing director, as his running mate in February 2014. The pair campaigned from the opposition and wrestled power from then president Joyce Banda and her People’s Party (PP).

Mutharika said he settled for Chilima from a possible list of 40 potential running mates because he was decisive and assertive.

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Backbencher
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Backbencher

When all is said and done the blame goes to the Catholic Church, if the church starts intervening in politics like this then the position of religion is compromised. It is no wonder that 90% of UTM members are Catholic, Calista, Kaliati, Shanil, Winiko, Masangwi etc are all Catholics only a fool will think this is merely a coincidence.
I would be happy if either DPP or MCP wins the elections

Ungwelu
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Ungwelu

UTM ===== United Transport Malawi (Ltd)?

MWENDATO
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MWENDATO

MKAZI WANZERU WOKWATIWA NDI MCHONA WOKALAMBALA IWE

Mahule
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Frustrated women who left their husbands or whose husbands are no more. Shanil is a divorcee. Callista is a widow. Lovesness anathawa Sibane. Kaliati samvera mwamuna wake. Azimayi osalongosoka. Kabwila akubwera.

mbuyafive
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mbuyafive

As UTM will focus to tell people in rural and urban areas how we shall improve their lives with our resources which currently is benefiting few politicians. Next year we shall have revolutionary and NOT election. Big up SCK, Saturday you brought hope in my family. Atleast you spoke what I want to hear from the next president. FORWARD EVER. The noise you hear is sign of pain and pressure. We have enough space in prisons for the thieves.

ndele
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ndele

sopano inuno be careful with your words to avoid backtracking.
kalista you sure ? your when u went in was already 2 old to rule. ok
tyeni tisankhe nyamatatu tiiwale azilamuwa

UTM Boma
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UTM Boma

UTM is assured of grabbing votes from DPP and UDF from Balaka bacuase of the Catholic Church influnence as well as Lucious Banda.Former First Lady Patricia Muluzi will most likely retain her Parliamentary Seat.In. Mulanje, Kaliati will most likely retain her parliamentary seat,am not sure about Bon Kalindo while all the seven seats in Ntcheu will obviously go to UTM.DPP is the biggest loser with the coming of UTM not MCP.

Achimidzimidzi
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Achimidzimidzi

Hon. Msangwi, Hon. Kaliati Hon. Lucius Banda and Hon Msowoyo having been supporting DPP government for along time, you cant become saints just overnight

And we still remember how you frustrated reforms in presidential & parliamentary electoral laws in parliament which would have brought some legality in our elections. Yes,stupid Lazarus Chakwera changed colors on the K4b but you agreed and still support it.

That’s why Goodall Gondwe called you ‘babes”

Political Analyst
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Political Analyst

Why will DPP win 2019 elections. The only challenger of DPP in 2019 elections is MCP not UTM, PP, AFORD, UDF. Therefore the analysis is based on role that PP, UDF,AFORD and UTM plays in determining the winner between the two (DPP/MCP). The two parties PP and UTM have already made a decision to field a presidential candidate. They have a propabilty of 5% to win elections. They will therefore just divide the votes of the DPP/MCP. The coming in of UTM: MCP to suffer more than DPP against the perception that DPP will suffer most. Chakwera had 51% support… Read more »

Samuel
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Samuel

You are very right. DPP will win because PP has lost support to DPP and MCP. And UTM is also winning support from MCP. The political wind has greatly changed. I said it that from now to March 2019 we except great shift as politicians are positioning to where they belong. Ena adanditukwana coz I said it’s too to conclude that Mia is a game changer too with Chilima. DPP and MCP have enough time to implement defensive strategies. Whichever of the two DPP and MCP will successfully implement better better defensive strategies will win. As for my opinion I… Read more »

Dumuka
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Dumuka

I concur with you that DPP will win the elections. I am working for a certain NGO. I was surprised to hear people in Rumphi supporting Government in the course of their personal discussions. I pretended as if I was not listening to their discussions. This happened in many areas. We went to Chitipa the same happened. We went to Mzimba rural, it also happened. I was depressed because I dont wish well DPP. If Rumphi and Mzimba is supporting DPP, conservative district of Kalonga will follow suit for it behaves as if its not from North. For Nkhatabay, I… Read more »

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Mr ‘analyst’ where do you get these figures from? Your head? 53%, 47%, etc?
Izi sidzausing’anga ka?

Kaitano
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Kaitano

I don’t know if what am reading here is new at all, by the way who are youngers in this ship? Political Ship will always carry different ages, and different tribes, and different thoughts which will make that Ship to be called Political Ship, what Malawians are starving for is the change of things in their daily living. UTM may have this population as it’s followers but this doesn’t give high five and or ok going to the plot 1, I support MCP the only party that can bring back Malawi into the hands of Malawians, if the Chilima team… Read more »

Mmalawi
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Mmalawi

Please simply call him Laz. This thing about Dr. This and Dr. That is for Masangwi and Kaliati. MCP lovers, please lets us call our man Law. Period.

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