On Saturday, Vice President Saulos Chilima, the leader of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) held a rally at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre a week after the launch of the party in Lilongwe.
And three days later, their members in Blantyre came back to the venue, not for another rally, but a clean-up exercise.
The members came up with the idea through a WhatsApp platform for the grouping. By mid-morning on Tuesday, the members clad in the movement’s red attires could be seen collecting plastic papers, bottles and dumped food boxes while chanting party songs.
According to Jaston Baula, a Polytechnic student and interim chair for college students in the political movement, the youth decided to hold the exercise as a way of advocating for mindset in the country.
“We realised that a lot of things are going in wrong direction because we lack responsibility. We took the responsibility to clear up the mess that was caused during the rally. we are trying to instill the spirit of responsibility in young people so that we can have a better Malawi,” he told Kulinji in an interview.
On her part, Saplen Maluza, a representative of the young women wing of the party said gone were the days when “we used to think that politics is only for old people.”
“It’s high time we the youth participate in politics and development activities and this include caring for the environment. The place was littered and we just couldn’t leave it the way it is so we came up this idea. Everyone has used his own mode of transportation to come here so you can see that we’re eager to see change in the country,” she explained.
“We wanted to portray a good example to youth in Malawi that after you have used the place, you’re supposed to come back and clean up. We want young people to take part in politics and that’s why we’ve called young people from Blantyre city including college students,” added Mary Chigoga, an interim chairlady of Blantyre Youth of the movement
UTM is a political grouping behind Chilima, who has announced that he will participate in the 2019 general election as presidential nominee.