Chilima accuses Malawi ex-president Muluzi of threatening his life

The country’s estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima has accused former president Bakili Muluzi, the country’s first multiparty president from 1994 to 2004,  of threatening his life.

Chilima addressing a rally in Mzuzu
Chilima: Ndimaganiza bhoo heavy

Chilima, who also accused President Peter Mutharika of unleashing political violence ahead of the July 2 fresh presidential election to disenfranchise some voters, made claims on Muluzi during a rally which Tonse Alliance – an opposition coalition – addressed in Mzuzu on Sunday.

He said Muluzi, who stepped down in 2004 after serving as president for 10 years, told two of his friends to phone him that he should stop attacking the former president or else will deal with him.

“Let me tell you, you have no right over my life,” Chilima charged at Muluzi in a televised rally.

He said Muluzi is accredited for his role in championing democracy in the country and should let his son Atupele Muluzi campaign freely as President Peter Mutharika’s running mate and also encourage other competitors to do the same.

“If Muluzi want his son [Atupele] to become Vice President, let him just campaign, don’t stop people from campaigning in the eastern region,” he said.

Chilima continued: “We respect you [Muluzi] because we worked with you and you championed democracy in this country.”

He, however, said Eastern Region should not be a no-go zone area for other political competitors.

Chilima said UTM Patron Noel Masangwi and the party’s eastern region governor Alhaj Sande were attacked in Machinga.

“We should have issue based campaign not violence,” saidthe Vice-President who accused the UDF, which formed an electoral alliance with DPP, that it  has the tendency of fuelling violence against Malawians who support opposition political parties..

The Vice-President said he can seek the intervention of the International Criminal Court of Justice.

He asked Tonse Alliance supporters not to pelt stones at DPP-UDF alliance leaders

In his address, Chilima still promised that the alliance will provide cheap fertiliser, loans for youth.

He said promises from the UTM manifesto and MCP will be merged into one blue print.

“All government companies will start ticking again. I feel sorry that for five months, people at Mzuzu City Council have not been paid,” he said.

Chilima urged his supporters to take heart that he will not be Head of State and accept the decision to allow MCP’s Lazarus Chakwera to lead the alliance and be President.

Paja ndimanena kuti ndimaganiza bhoo heavy, so tiyeni tisapote Chakwera,” he said.

He also thanked the judges who handkes the presidential elections case from constitutional court to the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal.

UDF secretary general Kandi Padambo defended UDF supporters, saying they subscribe to the values of the party which passionately believes in peace and unity.

Said Padambo: “Everybody knows that UDF president Atupele Muluzi has been condemning violence. We believe in issue-based politics. Malawians will testify that the UDF leader has been condemning violence.”

Chancellor College-based political scientist Mustafa Hussein has since warned that the violence may degenerate into chaos if it remains unchecked.

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Idiot
9 months ago

What about old cashgate lady Joyce Banda. Cilima just admit you have run out of ideas. This time your worry Is that Atupele has taken your position and will never be given back to you due to your childish thinking. This is just the beginning,you haven’t seen yet you will cry like a toddler. We told you that politics is not for babies. You talked bad about Goodwell Gondwe one who is well respected among the people.
You are done Cilima just admit Atupele has twisted your back.

Citizen
Citizen
9 months ago

I personally support Chakwera and I also supported the idea of an alliance between MCP and UTM. I also like Chilima’s ideas for the development of the country and I believe no matter what people say about him standing as a ru inning mate, he is the future for Malawi. He has youth on his side. However, I think Chilima has to tame his emotions when he stands to speak on the podium. You cannot be bringing murder plot accusations every time you stand on the podium. Take a leaf from Chakwera, if these claims are true, why is he… Read more »

Nicholas
Nicholas
9 months ago
Reply to  Citizen

He does it good. DPP should be checked all the time. Tayamba kuziona pano za petro bombs

Neno
Neno
9 months ago

THIS OLD MAN HE IS TRYING TO BOUNCE BACK THROUGH HIS SON AFTER FAILING OPEN TERM AND THREEE TERM….

Betha wa betha
Betha wa betha
9 months ago

Muluzi should know that he is no longer relevant to the current political environment! All that people want as of now is change! Period. No old-timer can change that. That is the same statement people made in 1994. Ask our grandparents; they warned us multiparty politics would bring war, violence etc. Guess what? We defied their advice. All we wanted then was change. The MCP campaign attempted to discredit Muluzu, saying he was a thief as he had once stolen 6Pounds. He was arrested for doing so, and indeed they circulated his photos in prison attire. That either did not… Read more »

Nicholas
Nicholas
9 months ago
Reply to  Betha wa betha

Wakalamba

Yahiya
Yahiya
9 months ago

Chilima is a real leader, people out there you need to know one thing Chilima is looking at what is best to people not you little minded rubbish. Always against the truth

Botomani
Botomani
9 months ago

Trying to remain relevant. Who cares about a VP who is going to remain a VP for the next ten years? Nobody!

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
9 months ago

auze a’zimbuyake anayamba kale kupatsa anthu ma k10 million.
BANGWE1 SANAKUUZENI OLO SIMUNAVE AGULUKUNYINDA INU???

Malawi belong to the citizens

Chilima is a great leader,we love you,you really put the citizens first.Opposition leaders will compaign everywhere in Malawi mpaka Kwa Ku Ntaja woo ndikumalawisotu.Ndale zowopyezana zidatha 1992-1994.Dpp and UDF alliance muona nyekhwe after nyekhwe. Thanks chilima.To Muluzi, Violence is not power,but the absence of power.Power does not corrupt.Fear corrupts, perhaps the fear of a loss of power.

Chakwera
Chakwera
9 months ago

Full time job for Cadets on nyasatimes to tone down the popularity of Tonse Alliance. Mukumva pheni. Kodi ali kuti a dad anu. Campaign ayikwanitsa?

Bwande
Bwande
9 months ago

Koma mudya bandulo ma cadet. Ntchito akulembani yomayankha chilichonse chokhudzana ndi Chilima and Chikwera you are there to castigate. We know it.

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