Vice-President Saulos Chilima has pledged United Transformation Movement’s (UTM) support to the civil society organisations (CSOs) demonstrations planned for September 21.
The demonstrations were postponed from September 7 to pave the way for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)’s Blue Day march. The DPP, ironically, also called off their march at the eleventh hour, saying they wanted to pave the way for the CSOs’ protests.
Chilima, addressing a rally at Gymkhana Club ground in Zomba on Friday, said the country belongs to all Malawians and no one should be stopped from going anywhere, apparently in reference to remarks by DPP regional governor for the South, Charles Mchacha, who is on record to have said CSOs cannot conduct demonstrations in the South.
He encouraged organisers of the protests to go ahead, promising his support.
Chilima also claimed that from the initial figure of three million litres of fuel stolen from Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), the figure has since risen to four million litres.
He said those involved in such thefts are taking Malawians for granted.
He said once voted into power, he would also ensure that parastatals such as Admarc, Escom and water boards are able to make profits.
The UTM leader, who also encouraged the gathering to register to vote in next year’s elections, said his government would introduce policies that would help to reduce taxes Malawians pay and, using the existing laws, protect consumers.
This was the final national launch of the movement, after launches in Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu and Mangochi.