Vice-President Saulos Klaus Chilima’s UTM on Monday held elections in Blantyre where the party elected people to positions that were being held on interim basis.
The elections come following the announcement by the newly registered party that it will hold its convention in December where national executive committee (NEC) positions will be up for grabs.
UTM interim spokesperson Joseph Chidanti Malunga said the elections started with the Southern Region and today they will be in the Central Region to elect the region’s delegates.
“As you know all positions in the party were just interim. To legitimise them, we will have elections in all regions. In turn, these will be the delegates that will elect members of NEC in December,” he said.
During this first phase of electing delegates, the party elected people to the positions of regional governor won by Steve Mikaya, director of women post went to Loyce Mponda, director of youth is Maxwell Julius, campaign director Beston Maulidi and organising secretary is Amos Phiri.
Speaking in an interview after the elections, Mikaya said he will ensure that the party advances issue-based politics in the region.
“My motto has always been forward ever backward never. We don’t want politics of castigation. We as a party have an agenda and everytime we are at a rally, we must stick to that agenda,” he said.
The elections were presided over by treasurer general Richard Makondi, NEC member George Saonda, director of security and youth Lewis Ngalande. n