State Vice President and UTM President Saulosi Chilima has sent an open message to his boss, President Peter Mutharika, drawing attention to problems rocking the country.
Chilima said President Mutharika should act on hunger, corruption, shortage of medicine in public hospitals and unemployment or risk a further eroded legacy.
“Mr. President, these problems are deeply rooted. They need your attention,” he said, attracting applause from the audience.
Chilima also reiterated optimism ahead of a potential election following a ruling by the Constitutional Court ordering a re-run.
Speaking at the Masintha Ground in Lilongwe today afternoon in his first post presidential election court rally, the second citizen added that the fresh elections offer renewed hope to shape a Malawi many will be proud of.
He hinted the party is seriously considering an electoral alliance with another party.
“In an election using the 50% + 1 system, we need to approach the polls with a sense of togetherness. Further to that, this requires serious analysis,” he said without specifying a particular party.
He attracted a round of applause when he emphasised that entering into an alliance would be determined on the probability of togetherness in such an alliance.
“Let’s exercise patience. One hundred and thirty days can be a short period. But it can also be ample time if we plan with a sober mind,” he added.
He said unity of purpose in ruling the affairs of government in the interest of Malawians will be core to UTM’s interest in opting for an alliance partner.
“If need be, we may go sole,” he concluded urging for patience.
Speaking in relation to the next probable elections, Chilima described it as a watershed moment for the country’s history.
“In the next election, no one will dare to rig. The election will be administered by professionals.
“Parliament has recommended the expulsion of the current cohort of Commissioners. Change is coming,” he said.
Chilima and MCP President Lazarus Chakwera went to court to challenge President Peter Mutharika’s victory.
Currently, Mutharika and the Electoral Commission have challenged the Constitutional Court ruling.