Chakwera ‘not bothered’ with retirement package as opposition chief: ‘I want to build a new Malawi’

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president  Lazarus Chakwera, who is also leader of opposition in Parliament has brushed off criticism from his rival,  UTM party president  and State Vice President Saulos Chilima for ridiculing his lack of retirement benefits as opposition chief.

Chakwera: I am a humble man of God to serve the people in political position

Chakwera said in a statement seen by Nyasa Times that  he was not really very bothere by what others had to say about him, hitting back at  Chilima  that he has stopped pretending to be a servant leader and described him as a leader who wants to secure personal benefits from taxes even though he is not working in the interest of Malawians.

During a UTM rally in Lilongwe on Monday, Chilima advised Chakwera to stop attacking him saying opposition political parties are not a threat to his political career.

“The position of Leader of Opposition has no retirement package. The one currently holding this position must mind his own business. He must immediately stop insulting us,” Chilima said.

Chakwera in his statement, however,  said he is not worried about the lack of retirement package as he is serving Malawians who also do not have such benefits.

“I want to build a new Malawi in which the millions of you who have no retirement packages are not seen as fools.

“In which those of you who send your children to government schools are not denied the opportunities only available to the few who send their wards to private schools,” he said.

Chakwera added that he is a humble Man of God who has never needed or clung to a government office to sustain himself.

He encouraged Malawians to vote for him in this year’s elections because he is not seeking office for personal benefits or gain.

“Fellow Malawians, you will be amazed at how you and I will – together – transform that office to serve rather than ridicule those ‘not holding pensionable positions.

“We will finally have a servant leader whose focus is for you, your parents and children to start prospering together and retire with a package of your own,” he said.

Malawians will go to vote for president, members of Parliament and  Ward Councillors on May 21 2019.

Both Chakwera and Chilima are strong challengers to front-runner  President Peter Mutharika who seeks a second and manadatory final five term of office.

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wakikiki
wakikiki
1 year ago

apapa a chilima awonesa kuti iwo ndi adyela lothelatu. moti akambe fundo akunena za pension. kodi angati mmalawi muno tili pa pension? ine nkayesa ngati achilima ali ndi nzeru koma aaaaaaaaaaaa basi munthu uyu kuti awine amalawi tizavutika koopya, moti ine basi ndatulukamo mu UTM voti yanga sazayiona

Dulli
Dulli
1 year ago

The tirades between two greedy politicians about who is clinging to taxes of impoverished, long-suffering and barefoot Malawians is toxic. This argument must stop once and for all as it does not translate into transformative leadership. Nonsense mwagwa nayo.

Gertrude
1 year ago

Chinsalu chang’ambika

MCP all the way

SILENT MAJORITY
SILENT MAJORITY
1 year ago

Chakwera mwamputilanji SKC . I love mcp koma zomputa SKC mwalakwitsa. Munthu anali phee amalimbana ndi dpp.

21 May 2019
21 May 2019
1 year ago

you are not MCP follow your fokes. the true MCP member can never say that as Chakwera said nothing wrong and false when he says SKC is using tax payers money without executing his dities……

BigMan
BigMan
1 year ago

Reverend, zitayeni please. This young man will consume you and poke you in in all the wrong places if you enter into a war of words with him. All your corrupt practices while heading your church in Malawi will come out in public, tikungokupatsani ulemu. Your american southern white racist accent wont help matters either, as you sound like an uncle Tom. Focus on MCP legacy of 31 years in power so that some can remember the beautiful party cards, the wonderful sprinting from youth leaguers to hide from paying msonkho wa chipani, the amazing confiscation of businesses, the daily… Read more »

Gertrude
1 year ago
Reply to  BigMan

Mind you language..chakwera is clean and Chilima sangamake Pa chakwera.. ndipo this year tikunyenyani nonse pamodzi.

Arafat Hamdani
Arafat Hamdani
1 year ago

Young Scombingo is indeed sponging our taxes ,he doesn’t work for a living but is expecting a good retirement package..He is also claiming that he is a thief he helped rig last elections in favour of DPP , surely he is into politics to enhance his bank balance … Fotseki!!!

Dulli
Dulli
1 year ago
Reply to  Arafat Hamdani

But you Arafat Hamdani …kkkkkkkkkk young scombingo…..kkkkkkkkkk

Zinja
Zinja
1 year ago

Abusa munaputa olakwika. Nthawi yonseyi mwakhala mukumunena Chilima, pano wangokuwuzani zomwe muli koma koto ine koto ine.

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
1 year ago

Those who claim that Chakwera abandoned the pastoral work for politics do not understand that Abusa amatha kupuma pantchito. Chakwera retired from pastoral work.

Stanley Mdala
Stanley Mdala
1 year ago

Chakwera stop fooling yourself and the people why did you leave the pastorial duties of serving the people and joined politics where as leader of position your salary is as good as a cabinet minister. You’re too ambitious to be the President of Malawi. Every is a man of God. You’re not a special person. You’re hiding in church to carry a special tag as if you don’t like riches or good life. You’re as corrupt as anyone in MCP as you have received loads of money donated by people like Mr Simbi of Khato Construction and not accounted for… Read more »

Steven J. Mapunda
Steven J. Mapunda
1 year ago
Reply to  Stanley Mdala

Every person under the sun is a man of God, a servant of God because whether you are a politician or not, everyone shall be accountable before God for our responsibilities. Everyone is serving people of God. You and me are God’s stewards employed by God to work in His vineyard on His behalf. Therefore, Malawi as a God fearing nation we need servant leaders not these others serving their personal interests. If you want to remain in Egypt, please do so but some of us have chosen to go back to the promised land. You mean you can not… Read more »

peter
peter
1 year ago

So the VP is after retirement package not to serve the poor Malawians….Shame on you

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 year ago
Reply to  peter

Aliyense amafuna retirement package, olo abusawa nawonso ankatapa zam’bale

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