Chilima censured on ‘hug’ remarks: ‘Malawi VP should not be a Covidiot’

Vice-President Saulos Chilima has been censured over his remarks on that it is safe for members of the opposition Tonse Alliance to hug each other and not contract infectious diseases, contrary to health advice on novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Thousands of elated supporters jostled and shoved shoulder-to-shoulder at the rally
Chilima and his wife Mary at the rally

“If you see someone wearing MCP or UTM or PP regalia, hug them, you can’t infect each other with disease,” said the country’s estranged Vice-President in a televised political campaign rally on Sunday.

Chilima, who is UTM Party president and running mate to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera, was speaking when he addressed Tonse Alliance rally at Likuni Boys Secondary School ground in Lilongwe.

But health commentators cautioned that the message was wrong, stressing that basic infection control measures  in the wake of coronavirus means social distancing, practise good hygiene.

A celebrated writer and commentator Stanley Onjezani Kenani writing on his Facebook said coronavirus is real and political leaders need to take lead in encouraging their supporters to adhere to practices that can reduce or impede its spread.

“It was also contrary to the advice the Vice President gave Malawians in a video clip he released end February, urging people to wash hands, avoid close contact and touching their faces.

“That (the February video) was the correct path he took, and he would do well to stay on it,” wrote Kenani.

He, nonetheless, urged political supporters not to regard political leaders as incapable of making mistakes.

“They are human, and we would help them by pointing out the mistakes they make. Only that way can we build a better Malawi,” he added.

Health commentators have urged Chilima to revisit his message on Covid-19 on people hugging rest he be Covidiot – a person who can’t quite grasp the measures to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Malawi has so far recorded 70 cases of the virus pandemic since the first case was reported on April 2 2020.

Giving a status update to the media in Mzuzu on Sunday evening Minister of Health Jappie Mhango said five new cases have been recorded.

They comprise two each in Blantyre and Lilongwe and one in Zomba.

Mhango said Malawi has so far tested 1 841 samples with 70 confirmed cases and 17 pending results.

Of the 70, three died, 27 have recovered and 40 are still under the management of healthcare workers, but are stable, according to the Minister.

With the new cases, Lilongwe remains the hot spot with 28, Blantyre 18, Thyolo nine cases and NkhataBay five.

On the other hand, Mzuzu has three cases, Zomba two and one each in Chikwawa, Nkhotakota, Karonga, Mangochi and Mulanje.

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Zofu
Zofu
9 months ago

Chilima you take yourself as intelligent koma nzeru mulibe and tell your Kaliati to start making hand sanitizer from soda

Zofu
Zofu
9 months ago

Chilima amazitenga ngati wanzeru kwambiri koma ayi ndithu and tell your Kaliati apange hand senitizer from soda

Xanue
Xanue
9 months ago

Chilima is an idiot like US president Donald Trump. He did not believe in Corona-virus, now his country is suffering with high infections and deaths.

JOjo
JOjo
9 months ago

Chati deru, chadodometsa mlenje. Chilima watutumuka ndi Atupele – calm and humble young man. No pomp, just normal man.

COVID-VISION-2020
COVID-VISION-2020
9 months ago

CHILIMA ali ndi vuto ndithu lamu ubongo
musamuone chifukwa ali ndi ndalama
kapena maphunzilo
Ndinzake wa VINCENT WANDALE
Pofunika amuitane mzakeyo ku UTM

Samuel Chilenje
Samuel Chilenje
9 months ago

Atupele dosage yamubayizitsa mutu munthuyu. Akuthakuona Atupele ali muofesi ya VP. Mutu sukugwira. Things fall apart

nyopani
9 months ago

odzudzulawo nngombwambwanaso eti. misonkhano yonseyi mwati mumudzudzule hug. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Wawa
Wawa
9 months ago

So this is the Guy u expect to change Malawi? Change my foot. The whole Vice President of a Country shamelessly urged folks to hug each other coz they can’t get Covid? Really? live on Social media ? For real? Mavuto alipo . No wonder he has Bn in govt for over 5 yrs but hasn’t accomplished a single thing.

DANIELphiri
DANIELphiri
9 months ago

CHILIMA’S SPEECH IS QUITE CORRECT AND YOU HEALTH PEOPLE KANGODYANI NDALAMA ZA NKHANI NKHANI ZO ZIMENE MWALANDIRAO ZA SIWA. when Atupele said the same words at Mangochi where I met him you did not alter any word shupiti inu azachipatala mwamva. Atupele akuti kampeni anthu thithithi no space and you did not speak, Mufa ndinu?
OSASIYA CHILIMA DO IT AGAIN IN LOWER STATES.

Mulopwana
Mulopwana
9 months ago

Kusuta Fodya abambo awa kuwapetetsa. Akamapita ku Msonkhano amasuta chamba ndi kumwa mowa ati kuchotsa manyazi. MCP inana kale kuti MFANA TIMUDODA UYU. Sangakhale torch bearer wa Tonse ALLIANCE with only 4 MPS . lero ndi zimenezi. Matama onse aja atha tsopano. ankatitsanzika kwa KAUMA kuti akupita ku State House lero akuchitira kampeni anzao a MCP. Akudoda mfana . MCP said they want to use UTM to ascend to power and thereafter dump you. iwo anati wa Pa Keliyala saimba belu. With only 4 MPS you could not become a torch bearer. I felt sorry on the day of presentation… Read more »

Vavilov
Vavilov
9 months ago
Reply to  Mulopwana

Che Mulopwana it’s you who is on chamba. You know Chilima is better than you and your DPP idiots. Leave him alone

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