Chilima Apologises for Coming to Meeting Five Minutes Early

Vice President Saulos Chilima on Tuesday apologised to delegates at a Malawi government and World Bank launch of a private sector diagnostic report for coming five minutes early which made some delegates feel they were late.

“I must apologize for coming early. Those who walked in when I was already here, were not late. It was me who was early so do not feel uncomfortable,” said Chilima.

The Vice President has a reputation of sending back late comers to his meetings, a development that has seen delegates to his meetings arrive in time so when they saw him inside they thought they were late yet it was him who came early.

Talking about the launch, the Vice President said Malawi is a safe country for investors across the globe to open businesses in the warm heart of Africa.

He said the Malawi Country Private Sector Diagnostic report examines opportunities and constraints in four key sectors: energy, digital infrastructure and services, transport and logistics, and agribusiness.

The launch included high-level representatives from the government, executives from IFC and the World Bank, and private sector leaders and entrepreneurs in Malawi to discuss challenges facing the private sector.

Chilima further said the report was coming at a right as the Tonse Alliance Administration will be launching the first Malawi 2063 Implementation Plan (MIP1) which runs to 2030.

“Both the long term MW2063 and MIP1 emphasise the role of the private sector both as an engine of growth, and a major driver for transformation,” said Chilima.

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2 years ago

Attention seeking as usual. What’s so special with coming “5 minutes” before a meeting worthy mentioning in an official speech? 5 minutes isn’t even much as is exaggerated. It means if the meeting was starting 9am, he came 8:55am, which is almost on time. Cholengezera ndichani 5 minutes? Kuzinva basi just to attract unnecessary attention. Please dwell on real issues affecting us NOW, high inflation, skyrocketing prices of basic commodities (5 liters of cooking oil is now K15,000), VAT on banking activities, fuel etc. Address your voters on these, provide hope and relief to the people, not advertising your 5… Read more »

2 years ago

This is the kind of leaders that Malawi needs not these globe trotters whonwould sit on reforms recommendation and afraid to remove dead wood from cabinet.

2 years ago

Another document again! How does the MIP differ from the MGDS?

2 years ago

Munthu mulala

Nixon Noordin Mzakwacha
Nixon Noordin Mzakwacha
2 years ago

Very good example Chilima is showing.
Let this go to our medical staff,they come late to attend to patients and go early for lunch.
On this,Dr Chilima,one day try to unexpected visit to Hospitals/clinics,you will prove me correct.

Let me also take advantage to remind the VIP, Malawians are expecting what he said during campaign. .


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