Vice President Saulos Chilima has accused the Democeatic Progressive Party (DPP) government of rushing to implement UTM policies.
Speaking during a rally at Masangano ground, Traditional Authority Kalumo in Ntchisi, Chilima said the elderly fund and free education was the brainchild of UTM though the government is busy claiming that the plans were already there.
He wondered as to why the government is busy implementing the policies now and in such a hurry if the plans were already there.
“Where were they all this time to implement the policies now because as it is they are doing things in a hurry,” he said.
Chilima who is also UTM leader then expressed optimism that come May 2019 he will be the president of the Republic of Malawi.
Chilima said that soon after the party’s convention which is expected to take place on Monday 17th December, the elected national governing body will start strategizing on how people will be ferried to the inauguration ceremony come May 22, 2019.
During the rally, the vice president also expressed disatisfaction over the recent fuel price reduction.
He said the reduction is just too minimal and does not match prices on the global market.
Chilima further said that the prices have gone down because he has been pushing for the reduction when the prices went up.
“They have reduced the prices because we were against the hike and we were pushing for the reduction, however, the reduction is too minimal that we are still not catching up on the global market,” said Chilima.
He said it is his wish to see the prices going down further than they are now.
According to the revised prices, diesel is now selling at K949.60 from K990.40 per litre, Petrol is now at K923.50 from K990.30 per litre while paraffin will be selling at K781.80 from K785.00 per litre.
During the rally, UTM General Secretary, Patricia Kaliati echoed Chilima’s sentiments saying that the government is busy copying and implementing UTMs ideas.