UTM registration upheld as court rejects Appeal

The High Court in Blantyre has thrown out the application by the Attorney General (AG) and the Registrar of Political Parties to appeal against the registration of UTM as a political party in the Supreme Court.

In a notice on the decision, Judge John Chirwa says the applicants have not provided enough grounds to have the matter determined in the Supreme Court.

The Attorney General and the Registrar of Political Parties sought leave from the High Court to have its approval of the registration of UTM reviewed by the final court of appeal on grounds that it was faulty.

Chilima, leader of UTM

According to Registrar of High Court, Agnes Patemba, the initial ruling to have UTM registered still stands.

“If the Attorney General is not satisfied with the ruling, he can appeal at the Supreme Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court can determine whether to deregister the party or not,” she said.

Patemba said the court has also quashed an inter-parte hearing between the grieved parties that was slated for 13th November, 2018.

UTM was denied registration on grounds that application documents used abbreviation and not a full name of the party but challenged the decision at the High Court that ordered it to be registered.