Former UDF vice president Hashim Banda spotted at a UTM rally in Zomba

By Burnett Munthali

The former United Democratic Front (UDF) vice president for the Eastern Region Hashim Banda , was on Sunday May 19, 2024 spotted at a United Transformation Movement (UTM) rally held at Chinamwali ground in Zomba.

Banda resigned from UDF in March this year.

The rally featured addresses by senior UTM officials, including Secretary General Patricia Kaliati and Publicity Secretary Felix Njawala.

The event was a hub of activity, with various individuals and groups present, including hawkers, activists, security personnel, entertainers, and politicians.

In this context, Banda’s attendance at the UTM rally is notable, given his former affiliation with UDF.

His presence may indicate a shift in political allegiance or a desire to explore new political affiliations.

However, without further information, the reasons behind his attendance remain unclear.

Rallies serve as a platform for communication among speakers, attendees, and media audiences.

They involve a complex production process, with multiple stakeholders working together to convey messages, which can be reinforced, undermined, or complicated by the various participants.