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Saulos Chilima calls for peaceful demonstrations

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BY JAMESON CHAULUKA:

UTM leader Saulos Chilima Sunday urged protesters to desist from looting when participating in the on-going nationwide demonstrations meant to push for Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah’s resignation.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition has been organising demonstrations to push for Ansah’s resignation for allegedly mismanaging May 21 Tripartite Election results. UTM and Malawi Congress Party took the matter to court.

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Chilima made the call Sunday when he addressed a ‘thank you’ rally at Old Ntcheu Boma bus depot, at an event also meant to celebrate the political party’s one-year anniversary.

“Take part in the demonstrations. Do not just sit back and watch from the gallery. However, do it peacefully. Come in large numbers and march every Tuesday and even daily but do not break property because doing so is counterproductive,” he said while promising to join the demonstrations in Blantyre on Tuesday.

He said, now that UTM has clocked a year, they would announce their next chapter going forward so as to keep the party strong.

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“We thank the media for helping us to reach the masses with our messages. We also thank business persons and well-wishers for their support. We even thank those who hate us because they make us strong. UTM has, in just a year, made a mark on the political scene.

“We are celebrating our one-year anniversary but we are not happy that our dream of liberating people from the chains of poverty has not been realised. However, no matter how gloomy it might seem, a bright tomorrow is on the horizon. You are the people to bring about that change. People are struggling. Many people sleep on an empty stomach. Malawi does not deserve to be a model of poverty because this country is endowed with an abundance of natural resources,” Chilima said.

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