Taking no chances: UTM suspends Indaba

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The United Transformation Movement (UTM) has postponed its elective conference which was due to take place in November.

UTM has shifted the date for the Indaba from 9th November to an undisclosed date.

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According to a communique signed by the movement`s spokesperson Chidanti Malunga, the new date will be communicated by a special committee which is overseeing the process.

“The new date for the convention will be announced soon as the responsible committee is working around the clock,” says the statement.

However, no reason has been given for postponing the gathering.
Some people are speculating that UTM fears to hold the conference before it gets registered.

The party which was launched in July had its registration proposal rejected by the registrar of political parties in September for using its abbreviations and not full name. The matter was taken to court and hearing commenced on 20th October.

The UTM could also be afraid of spending money on an elective conference in the wake of uncertainty over its legitimacy to contest in the 2019 elections.

Meanwhile, they do not have legitimate structures yet, so they might have been counting the cost of heading to the Indaba without extensive preparation.

With only a few months to the tripartite elections, pressure is mounting on the movement as it has another uphill task, to penetrate the country` political hotspots.

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