Chilima cautions DPP against nepotism in Malawi army: Nundwe inauguration as Commander set for Thursday

The country’s immediate past vice-president Saulos Chilima has alleged that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is bringing a culture of nepotism in the rank and file of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF).

Chilima, flanked by UTM party officials, including secretary general Patricia Kaliati and publicity secretary Joseph Chidanti-Malunga, joined the protests in Blantyre

Chilima said this  when he addressed led protesters in Blantyre during the demonstrations organized by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to force the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson, Jane Ansah.

“I would like to warn DPP to spare the Malawi Defence Force of their culture of nepotism,” said Chilima, who was donning a military -styled camouflage.

The former corporate executive -turned-politician  said the issues of nepotism being perpetrated by DPP in the army will be tackled at length next week – possibly at a public rally.

Chilima’s comments comes at the wake of reports that three top military officers are bing dispatched  to foreign missions as attaches.

Chilima: DPP should not spread it nepotism to the barracks

They include  Major General Paul Phiri, who holds a PhD and has risen through the ranks from a military cadet to a Major General. Another one is Colonel Swithun Mchungula, who also enrolled as a military cadet and possesses highest military qualifications. Mchungula has been commandant of Malawi Armed Forces College (Mafco) and was recently appointed chief of staff, a position he has held just for a week before he was informed that he has been deployed to foreign mission.

Also deployed to the country’s foreign mission is Brigadier General Dan Kuwali, the chief of Legal Services in the military having risen from a legal officer and holds a PhD.

And President Peter Mutharika  in his capacity as Commander-in-chief of Malawi Defence Force (MDF)  has also  promoted  Colonel  Blaise George Saenda to the rank of Brigadier in the army.

Recently, Mutharika also appointed the Tri-Service Commanders of MDF in line with Section 4 of the Defence Force Act (2018).

Mutharika appointed  Major General Alick Bentry Mhone as Army Commander ( Landed Forces) while the deputy army commander ( Landed Forces)  is Brigadier General Davis Sesatino Mtachi.

The President also  appointed Major General Andrew Lapken Namathanga as Airforce Commander while  Deputy Airforce Commander is Brigadier General Ian MacLeod Chirwa.

Brigadier General Francis Blessings Kakhuta Banda  was appointed Maritime Force Commander with Colonel Richard Tobias Chagonapanja as  Deputy Maritime Force Commander.

The  Commander of MDF remains General Vincent Nundwe with Lieutenant General Clement Namangale as Deputy Commander.

Nundwe replaced General Griffin Spoon Phiri who was reassigned as  national security adviser on June 21.

Chilima joined the demo in Blantyre, saying UTM’s position with Ansah is that, having dismally failed to lead the commission and having returned the most fraudulent elections in the history of this nation, she should just resign

Meanwhile,  Nundwe will be inaugurated as the 13th Malawian to lead MDF as commander,  at a ceremony where Phiri will hande over the sword and medal of command  at Army Headquarters in Lilongwe on Thursday .

Traditionally, the outgoing MDF commander personally hands over the sword, and the rites are set for Kamuzu Barracks Parade Ground in Lilongwe.

A statement from MDF signed by Lieutenant Fatsani Pheletu seen by Nyasa Times, states that the ceremony will take place from 2pm, followed by a reception at Kamuzu Barracks Officers’ Mess.

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Richie
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Bwana chilima
So you think you won
What about mcp
So MUMAUZANA CHANI Ndi A chakwera
Who is the real winner
You or Mr chakwera
Ma journalists tifunsireni

Madukano
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Madukano

Ndichifukwa chake akwawo kwa abambo ake adamukana kuti simwana wa nchimwene wawo ayi koma adali mwana wakunjila opanda khalidwe

Madukano
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Madukano

ndichichifukwa chake abale adamukana kuti simwana wa nchimwene wawo koma ali mwana opedzedwa bambo ake ndi Arafati kkkkkkkk

Madukano
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Madukano

The biggest loser in town

Yemweuja
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Yemweuja

So you want to be deployed your self also,,kale anthu ankatibulidwatu akavala zimenezi..

Noxy
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Pumani kaye Bwana mwatokota kwa nthawi yayitali pumaniko.

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

PhDs in the army what are they for????

Timo Clouds
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Timo Clouds

If the US, Russia, China and the Koreas defence forces were full of brutes like yourself they wouldn’t have been technically advanced in military hardware. Even best doctors in these countries are in the defence forces.

Ndife
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Ndife

Kathy ku Ntcheu kulibe dzitsiru like him. Just imagine somebody who has been in top government inner circle behaving like this.

The Patriot
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The Patriot

Good advice but DPP being Mulhako party, they think Lhomwes will rule up to eternity! What a blue lie!! No tribe can dominate Malawi, very soon another tribe will rule this country and we shall all be equal! Shrewdness dictates that a tribe which is ruling should treat others well so that the othert tribes should reciprocate when they too get power koma mmene a Lhomwe akuphangila ma resources and maudindo…kaya mukadzachoka mboma musadzalire!! Before 2004 there was no Mulhako and we were all Malawians!!

Mzikamanda
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With or without Military promotion This is revolution. Muntharika and his Lomwe dogs out and some will be arrested…vima rubbish