United Transformation Movement (UTM) President Dr. Saulos Chilima has promised to trim the Presidential convoy once voted into power in the forthcoming May 21 tripartite election.
Chilima said this on Friday night at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) during the final round of the Presidential debates organized by a taskforce led by Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter Teresa Temweka Ndanga.
The final debate hosted by Reverend Patrick Semphere saw six participants namely; Atupele Muluzi of United Democratic front (UDF), Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, UTM President Saulos Chilima, Professor John Chisi of Umodzi Party, Mbakuwaku movement for Development (MMD) Peter Kuwani and Independent President Reverend Kaiya.
Speaking during the debate Chilima promised to embark on austerity measures and one of it being trimming the Presidential convoy from over 40 vehicles to 6 six vehicles.
I have said this for several times and am saying it once more the Presidential motorcade is too big and once am voted into power in the forthcoming May 21 polls I will trim it to six. This will also act as a cost cutting measures,” said Chilima while attracting ululation from the people who gathered in BICC auditorium.
He said also asked Malawians to stop glorifying their leaders like small god , saying this making leaders to sleep on their duties.
Commenting on the decision taken by the incumbent President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to shun the debate, Chilima asked Malawians not to vote for Mutharika.
He said Mutharika does not deserve to be voted again into power in the forthcoming May 21.