UTM primaries: Delegates chased away from venue


Alliance for Democratic (AFORD) legislator Frank Mwenefumbo this morning stopped UTM from conducting primary polls on his premises in Mzuzu.

Mwenefumbo’s building is next to Macsteel Mzuzu branch and UTM booked the place for its primaries which were expected to commence at 9am.

According to Mwenefumbo’s aide, his boss told her this morning that he had made a u-turn and ordered her to tell the UTM delegates to vacate the site and find another place for the primaries polls.

“Everything was fine until this morning around 9, when he called me that to tell UTM members to leave the site and to find another venue,” she said.

Mwenefumbo is Member of Parliament for Karonga Central Constituency.

UTM Regional Governor for the North Leonard Njikho could not be reached on his handset.

Meanwhile, the party has identified another venue at Nyachenda motel where the primaries will be held.

The UTM primaries were expected to be held today in all constituencies  across the country. However, in Salima the polls have been called off as the party wants to accommodate new member  Jessie Kabwila who wants to contest in Salima North West constituency.

“Primaries have been called off. This is partly because of Kabwila who joined the party late. The constituents welcomed her, but she needs to be introduced to the district first,” UTM governor for Salima, Langireni Mapulesi told the local media.