UTM postpones party convention indefinitely

UTM Leader Chilima in one of his political rallies


A political analyst says although the explanation given by the United Transformation Movement (UTM) over the postponement of its National Convention seems satisfactory he has, however, cautioned that time is not on the party's side.

Chancellor College political scientist Mustafa Hussein has called on the grouping to put its house in order so as to properly market its brand in the various constituents and wards across the country.

Against a background of the party's registration being denied by the Registrar of Political Parties for using false information, Hussein noted that UTM is running against time, hence they need to organise thmeselves.


Hussein: Time is not on their side
Hussein: Time is not on their side


“They should try to speed up and do everything possible so that time isn’t lost,” he warned.

On Monday, UTM announced the postponement of the party's convention from November 9 as earlier announced to an unspecified date which will be communicated by a Special Committee set up to oversee the process.

According to a statement by party spokesperson Joseph Chidanti- Malunga, the Special Committee is already working on this process and will soon announce the venue and positions to be contested for as stipulated in its constitution.

Other technical issues to be dealt with will be an announcement of aspiring candidates and minimum requirements to contest for positions. 

It further announced that primary elections will be conducted across the country soon after the convention.