Chilima denies whingeing on foreign trips: Malawi VP says no gulf with President Mutharika

Malawi vice president Saulos Chilima says he is not a “cry baby” to be whingeing about foreign trips from President Peter Mutharika as has been widely speculated.

Malawi VP Chilima: There is cordial relationship with President Mutharika

Malawi VP Chilima: There is cordial relationship with President Mutharika

He said news outlets and social media got it all wrong that he was not happy; assuring the nation there is no bad blood between him and his boss.

Chilima said this on Tuesday after an abrupt cancellation of a scheduled news conference which was to be held by Information minister Jappie Mhango and Foreign Affairs minister George Chaponda.

Some of news outlets have been peddling rumours that the relationship of the President and his vice is not cordial.

Malawi News report last Saturday also fuelled the speculation with their story claiming Mutharika is sidelining Chilima and giving more preference to Chaponda – widely believed to be aspiring to succeed the President.

“There is no rift, there is no fight between me and the President,” said Chilima, carefully picking his words.

Malawi News reported assertions by the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) and academic Mustapha Hussein saying President Mutharika is side-lining Chilima simply because he sometimes delegates cabinet ministers to attend foreign events.

However, the Vice President pointed out that the issue has been taken out of context by those whose motives are nursed by rumour- mongering and falsehood.

“This allegation is unfortunate and premised on hearsay intended to spread mischief and spark disaffection in the cordial relationship that I and the President enjoy,” he said.

Chilima said he came into office, President Mutharika assigned him seven foreign trips therefore it was bizarre to think the same President is sidelining him on foreign trips.

He said in this cost cutting measure era, it would be senseless to delegate him for foreign international conferences because as vice president, he also takes with him a considerable contingent, including his security detail.

The vice president said he could not be assigned to the much talked India trip because he had already been assigned another trip to the US almost the same time.

“So logistically it was impossible to travel to India. We are also mindful of cost implications because I travel with a contingent. He can delegate me yes but in terms of savings, we can save only a little,” he said.

Chaponda led a dozen other cabinet ministers for the India Africa summit which was held in India. Mutharika cancelled the India trip as a cost cutting measure.

Since coming into office some 18 months ago Chilima has made close to eight foreign trips upon delegation from the President.

Only months into office, the Vice president travelled to Kenya, Singapore, South Africa and Botswana with his entourage. President Mutharika delegated him to meet key government officials in respective destinations in a bid to have first hand feel of how public sector reforms are being carried out.

Chilima also travelled to Pretoria, South Africa on a second trip when President Mutharika delegated him to attend the SADC extraordinary meeting aimed at resolving the political crisis in Lesotho. Outside public sector reforms and the SADC delegation, the Vice President also travelled to Israel when President Mutharika sent him to meet irrigation experts and government officials. This trip was in line with the President’s dream of turning Malawi into an exporting nation through agro-manufacturing and massive irrigation among other thematic areas.

Just some months, President Mutharika delegated several assignments to Chilima when he went to United States where went to attend the launch of Leadership Council of Compact2025 under the International Food Research Institute (IFRI).

In October, Chilima was delegated to travel to Zambia on that country’s Independence Day celebrations and Tanzania where he represented Malawi at the inauguration of John Magufuli as Tanzania new President.

The only trip that the Vice President travelled not under delegation of President Mutharika is when he went to United Kingdom to defend his doctoral thesis and later to be conferred upon a doctorate academic status

Chilima strongly dismissed the allegations of a gulf with the President.

He said in the wake of austerity measures which the President is championing, “it is not economically prudent to expect a vice president to be always delegated in the event that the President is not travelling.”

The vice president is appealing to the general public and other stakeholders to avoid sensationalising issues at the expense of the nation.

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macd
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abale zina kambu zina leku in all fairness who was supposed to attend the india/africa summit on behalf of the president…..just ask yourself and answer honestly

Shonai
Guest

Peter and Chilima are civilised to them There is no news here.
Just keep working akakhala galu kuyang.ana mkwake.

Mwana Mulanje
Guest

I believe that given a chance, Saulos can magufulify this country.

Tang'atang'a
Guest

What do you expect Chilima to say in public!!

Che Wanimiliyoni
Guest
Mr Veepee Chilima Malawians should be concerned with your relationship with the president because if all is not well it is them who from 2019 will be funding your hefty early retirement for life which is a drain on our meagre resources. You see what in a perfect world Malawians would not have any retired veepee. Muluzi shud hav handed over to Malewezi in 2004 and Malewezi to Bingu {assuming he was his vice} 2014 and Bingu to Joyce Banda in 2024. But you see now in stead of having no retired Veepee we may have 4 in 2019 if… Read more »
jack
Guest

VP can be sworn in but can only be head of state for 60 days within which he must call for a general election.
VP can only run a president’s full term if that president dies after serving beyond half way.

Che Wanimiliyoni
Guest

Hey Jack thot its cast in stone that our general elections will ONLY happen on third Tuesday of May 5 years after the previous general elections?

Subande
Guest

Sindikudziwa kuti ufulu wa anthu olemba nkhani unachuluka bwanji? Amangolemba nkhani zodanitsa anthu osaganizira mavuto amene amabwera pamene anthu sakigwirizana. Dziko lathu likufuna anthu olimbikitsa mgwirizano kuti chitukuko chipite patsogolo. Muluzi ndi Bingu unakula chifukwa cha olemba nkhani, Bingu ndi Chilumpha, komanso Bingu ndi Jb chimodzi modzi. Amene amatsatira current affairs ku Malawi kuno akhoza kuvomerezana nane kuti olemba nkhani athu amakolezera kwambiri kuti atsogoleri athu adzikayikirana. Tiyeni tiwonetse kuti tinalowa mkalasi kukaphuzira ukachenjede wa ntchito yathu. Muzitengera anzanu a BBC, sayang’ana ma personalities amunthu koma ntchito yomwe wagwira.

Tonde
Guest

Aface can tell a story same here we know wat is happening the vp is sidelined even without alankhani we can see openly

stephen
Guest

deep down the heart. aka clause knows what is going on. after all it is not just foreign trips, even the so called development rallies or whatsoever sakumapezekamo. by the way mdima ndi kuwala sizikhala pamodzi

jack
Guest

Saulosi iwe. Iyi ndi DPP. Kunali Chilumpha, JB, Malewezi and even Khumbo. Onsewa zinatha bwa? Sumuona Chaponda akuchalira mpando wa APM. Iwe ndi mulako ngati.

Blunt Truth
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What else can chilima say? He cannot publicly say he is being sidelined. The only comforting thing is that as VP Muthalika cannot sack him. Any objective Malawian knows that APM is sidelining Chilima.In Chilima should be 1st vice president of DPP. Furthermore Chilima knows very well he and APM are badly failing Malawians as far as the economy is concerned. Both APM and Chilima have no clue on how to revive the economy. However Chilima has no power to do anything. The Kwacha is losing value, inflation at 24% is driving the majority of Malawians into poverty and interest… Read more »
mapwesa
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ukumunamidza ndani ndiwe cry baby iwe

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