Chilima demands Malawi govt release election funds: ‘That’s tax-payers money’

The country’s estranged Vice President Saulos Chilima,  who is also running mate to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera in the Tonse alliance has demanded Treasury to release funds amounting to K10 billion  for the June 23 court-sanctioned fresh presidential elections as soon as possible insisting that the funds belong to Malawians.

Chilima: Release the funds
Chilima in Nkhatabay hunting for Tonse votes
Chilima in Nkhatabay campaiging

Speaking at Mpamba Trading Centre where he had his second whistle stop on his Nkhatabay campaign trail, Chilima said the funds are tax payers’ money  and must be released for the elections to take place on June 23 without postponing it.

His reaction comes almost at the same time that the new Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairman Dr. Chifundo Kachale was lamenting in Lilongwe that Treasury is yet to release about K10 billion short fall.

 

“We are engaging Treasury but wE are yet to get the funds,” said Kachale who faces a daunting task to execute the court ordered polls on Tuesday with logistic challenges.

President Peter Mutharika, who leads the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has just started full fledged  campaign  on Wedn but campaign closes this Sunday at 6 am.

But Chilima, who has camped in the northern region campaigning since Sunday, has demanded that funds be released and people vote on Tuesday.

“We know that Parliament approved budgets for this year’s elections and the budget was approved. We hear now that the minister of finance  and Secretary to the treasury are saying there’s no money.

“Please listen to me gentlemen, those funds belong to the people of Malawi. Release the funds so people of Malawi can elect a leader of their choice,” said Chilima.

MEC chairperson o Kachale said the commission is committed to being impartial, neutral and independent in its operations and decision-making as provided by the Constitution and subsidiary electoral laws.

Keeping his pledge in engaging stakeholders and approach the process with an open mind to embrace any ideas from stakeholders that will contribute and enhance credibility of the election, Kachale and the Commission  will Thursday afternoon appraise Parliament on the challenges they are facing and seek direction on how best to proceed with the election.

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Malawi belong to the citizens

Chilima remains a great leader not Peter Munthalika panja penipeni.Dpp tactics has failed we will vote still on 23 June.

The Patriot
1 year ago

Tiyeni tingomenyanapo Basi. A Skc mwabowa tsopano.

El indio
El indio
1 year ago

Zeze kulira ndi nkodzo

Che guevara
Che guevara
1 year ago

From megafarms to mega demands, wabayizika mfanakitsi

Joseph Banda
Joseph Banda
1 year ago

You can chose the chaos, but the self acclaimed Finance Minister by now he should have known the budget is in Parliament not yet approved. So where does the minister get his mandate to spend. The problem with chilima is PHUMA. If you had let the judges think properly, they would have known the times of events. You just not pull govt funds like that you IDIOTS.

sazuza
sazuza
1 year ago
Reply to  Joseph Banda

Atulutsa ndalama, ndiye muti chani. You are defending things that you dont know, you cadet

The Great Prophet Baruch

‘Funding Now’ or chaos soon. The choice is simpler than omelette on a plate!

JONES
JONES
1 year ago

Very sad news indeed! Give the money please we want to move on

Ndede
Ndede
1 year ago

Aaaahhaaa paja mumapita ku court. Tapitaninso mwina akakuthandizani. You can get an injunction. First respondent APM and second respondent Mwanamvekha.

John Phiri
John Phiri
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndede

Pepani. Ndalama zija apereka a Mwanamveka through RBM

Adzafunika
Adzafunika
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndede

Waona nyekhwee cadet, wagwa nayo. Ndalama zaperekedwa. Ukumva bwanji mmimba?

ERUTU
ERUTU
1 year ago

Tulutsa makobiriwo aise anthu kuti asakuone ngati ndiwe Cadet minister chonde chonde aise 🇲🇼

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