Chilima promises to slash fertilizer price to K4,995


UTM presidential candidate Saulos Chilima says he will reduce fertilizer price to K4,995 if elected as president during Tuesday’s elections.

Chilima made the promise during his last campaign rally held at Likuni Boys Secondary School Ground in Lilongwe.

He said the aim is to achieve universal fertilizer subsidy.

“After UTM is voted into power on May 21, fertilizer everywhere in Malawi will be sold at K4995,” Chilima said.

Chilima also promised fair tobacco prices at the auction floors during the current tobacco marketing season if his party forms government next week.

“Farmers are complaining that even though the tobacco marketing season is open they are not complaining. We will change this on Tuesday. We will talk to the buyers and farmers should expect better prices,” he said.

He added that his government will introduce factories to process crops and mega factories for crops such as tobacco, industrial hemp, pigeon peas and maize.

Chilima then attacked his competitors – Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi and President Party and Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) – saying in another country the two would not have contested in the elections

He suggested that Chakwera should have stepped down after losing the 2014 elections while Mutharika would have resigned after revelations that a businessman sent K145 million to an account whose sole signatory is the Malawi leader.

The vice president said Chakwera’s alliance with former President Joyce Banda is a coalition of losers and the two are teaching each other tricks of losing elections.

During the rally, Chilima noted that the campaign for the May elections has been hectic as his party faced various challenges but the members marched on.

He then thanked Malawians for supporting UTM since the party was formed and urged them to vote for the party saying the party has already transformed Malawian politics.

He also thanked God for protecting party members and guiding them during the campaign trail.