By Serah Makodetsa
Malawi’s vice president Saulos Chilima is expected to announce that he will contest in next year’s elections and launch his breakaway United Transformation Movement on July 21 and 28 in Lilongwe and Blantyre respectively.
This is according to a communique signed by the movement’s publicity secretary, Joseph Chidanti Malunga.
The launch will be done at the famous Masintha ground in Lilongwe and Ndirande in Blantyre.
“United Transformation Movement is a mobilization of the people, by the people for the people. It is here to galvanise our strengths, dreams, hopes, ambitions and aspirations as together we build a reality where all of us are collectively proud to be Malawians once again,” reads the statement in part.
This is the platform that Chilima is expected to use and announce his candidature for 2019. The Movement is a breakaway faction from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party which emerged following leadership wrangles in the party.
In the last few months, Chilima has suffered a crisis of confidence because of his indecision to resign from the DPP, and announce his candidature for 2019.
The press conference on June 6, 2018 and last week’s exclusive interview with Zodiak radio station left many of his supporters wondering whether he was really going to contest in next year’s elections.