Chilima’s punctuality puzzles Goodal: Finance Minister hails Malawi VP

Finance Minister GoodalL Gondwe on Thursday was visibly puzzled by Vice President  Saulos Chilima’s punctuality to meetings, prompting the Minister to publicly commend the Vice President.

Goodall Gondwe with Malawi vice president Saulos Chilima

Goodall Gondwe with Malawi vice president Saulos Chilima

The Minister then apologised for coming 25 minutes late at the launch of the Malawi Institute of Procurement and Supply (MIPS) Act at BICC in Lilongwe where Dr.Chilima was Guest of Honour and arrived seven minutes earlier of his scheduled arrival time of 9 am.

“But I think I wasn’t late. It is the VP who was too early. Your Honour, when they tell you to arrive at 9 am please come 15 minutes late,” said Gondwe referring to the VP’s trademark punctuality.

“But on a serious note, my apologies for coming late, Your Honour,” said the Minister.

Chilima, a workaholic, is well known for time management and on several occasions organisers of functions have had to call his staff to tell him to delay so that they complete preparations.

“Tell them I have already started off and they will find me seated once they are ready. I thought we agreed on time,” this has been the VPs response according to those close to him.

At one occasion, the Vice President locked out Principal Secretaries and Directors who had come to a meeting where he was briefing top government officials on the need to reform the way the country conducts its business.

The MIPS Act which the VP launched is meant to tighten the grip on procurement processes in the country so that workers follow laid down rules and procedures.

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Hahaha, those people who arrive early have no busy schedules. In fact it shows that these are people who lead easy lives. Geyser in the house; no hustling to find water from a borehole or well; fully stocked refrigerator, no running around to purchase mbatata or stale bread; a fleet of cars, no need to walk 15minutes to a bus stage hahahaha


These people have all been to school where they should have learnt time management. If these educated fools cant keep time, what will you expect from god fearing poverty striken god fearing happiest smiling hewe povos?

koma Kumeneko

Malawians we are way behind interms of time management. When you go to football stadium if match starting time is 14:30 just know its 15hrs or 15:30. We really need to improve.

Kanthu Ako!!

I don’t know any country on this god forsaken earth, without a sense of humor like Malawi.

Anything that is said is politicized.

Those of you that use face book, there is a Malawi humor group, read their humor, you will be disappointed.

Everything posted are words of wisdom, not humor. Such is Malawian humor.

Gondwe was being humorous, not that Malawians with their lack of humor would understand

true patriot

That’s the way to go my VP


Teach them Honorable I adore you sir


One to be commended, alas, ONLY IF!!!


Mr VP keep it up. I may not personally agree with you on Party lines, but your time discipline is trully remarkable. Please keep it up, and continue to show those in the Public Sector how time should be respected and managed.


Malawi is indeed a very strange country. What makes news amazes me. As a country, we are where we are in terms of development for a reason, and one of the reasons is focusing on silly things.

Kanthu Ako!!

I thought I was the only one thinking that. Real issues will have one comment. Showing how dull we Malawians are.

Patrick Phiri

That is what we need. Young leaders who knows what they want. Time is crucial in any activity.

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