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Blantyre City Council stops Chilima’s Ndirande rally

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Peter Kanjere

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[dropcap]B[/dropcap]lantyre City Council (BCC) has refused to grant United Transformation Movement (UTM) permission to hold a public rally at Nyambadwe Primary School Ground in the commercial city scheduled for Saturday.

In a letter to the movement on Thursday, Lytton Nkata, writing on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer, Alfred Chanza, said they had rejected the request “on the ground that it has come to the Council’s knowledge that you are not registered as a political party.”

“As you are aware, Section 17 (2) of the Political Parties (Registration and Regulations) Act prohibits any political party or any combination that is not registered from electioneering or authorising any person to act on its behalf in connection with an election in which political parties contest,” reads the letter in part.

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UTM spokesperson, Joseph Chidanti-Malunga, yesterday said they were yet to receive the Council’s response.

“If it is true then it is very unfortunate that the Council has decided that way. Since we understand that it is to do with registration, we will refer the matter to our legal team to advise us on the next step. However, we want to call upon all our supporters to remain calm. Everything is under control,” Chidanti-Malunga said.

BCC’s stance came a day after The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties refused to entertain UTM’s application to register as a political party on the grounds that it filed to register as UTM instead of the full name.

Vice-President Saulos Chilima formed the movement after falling out with President Peter Mutharika’s Democratic Progressive Party.

 

 

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