Chilima hits again at shameless thieving: ‘Malawi is moving backwards under DPP’

A determined looking   Vice President  Dr Saulos  Klaus Chilima, who is heading the now fast-growing United Transformation Movement (UTM), on Sunday proved his oratorical prowess when he addressed bumper crowds at Njamba  Freedom Park in Blantyre where he strongly put it that a “new Malawi is possible” as he  reiterated his stance against corruption.

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Chilima confidently, amid clapping and ululation from the supporters, told the gathering that UTM was “seriously determined” to turn-tables around for the country, saying he will not shield anyone involved in corruption when UTM takes over government next year.

The vice-president, who quit the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in protest at alleged corruption, maintained that DPP is infested with “rampant corruption and theft.”

Chilima further called for investigation against corrupt practices in government and parastatals such as the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Eskom).

“The contract to supply generators to ESCOM was not awarded on merit,” said Chilima calling for thorough independent investigations as DPP benefitted.

Chilima pointed out that three million litres of fuel meant for generators was recently stolen at Escom

He said the investigations should be extended to Blantyre Water Board (BWB) for the Mulanje-Blantyre Water Project which aims to tap water from Mulanje Mountain to supply water to Chiradzulu and areas surrounding Blantyre.

“There are board members and Ministry of Finance officials who wanted the contractor to be changed there. From there, I will give them another list of institutions where they need to investigate,” he said.

The UTM leader said there is a lot of rot to be investigated at  Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc).

Chilima said next year UTM will arrest all thieves including all who benefitted in contracts awarded to parastatal.

“Malawi is in the dark because of selfish leaders. Malawi is moving backwards. People are struggling for electricity and water,” he pointed out.

The country’s second-in command said he will continue to expose corruption in public, saying his efforts to advise government in the same have yielded no fruits due to what he said “obstinate” leadership.

Chilima said the money that is being stolen could have been used to construct schools and hospitals.

He said it was not that Malawi was impossible to change but that it was the leadership that was a problem.

The UTM leader urged Malawians to vote wisely in next year’s watershed elections.

“Let’s transform Malawi,” he said.

Chilima said national broadcaster MBC, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra), Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB)  and  state grain trader Admarc should be set free.

According to Chilima, a new Malawi where access to land for all people, good medication, good education for everyone and respect for the rule of law, was just a stone throw away after the forthcoming May 21 tripartite polls.

“It is not on that indigenous Malawians fail to access land in their own country. We need to be careful when selling land because we will end up losing all land to foreigners,” he said.

He spoke strongly about leadership in the country.

“Leaders deserve respect, but we must never worship them. We must never lick their boots. We elect them to serve us, not for them to lord over us,” said Chilima.

He quashed speculations from some DPP quarters that UTM was stealing from their manifesto, saying, for example, they will offer more than just cheap cement and iron sheets.

“We are different. We will make sure the economy is good so that Malawians can ably buy cheap cement and iron sheets to easily build decent houses on their own,” he said.

“We want stable prices for farm produce on the market. Farmers must start enjoying the fruits of their labour,” he said. “Our farm products must be processed in Malawi.”

Chilima also denounced nepotism, saying civil servants should be hired on merit not because they are related to officials from a ruling party.

On health, the Veep said  Malawi  should  be able to hire enough nurses and doctors because the country has the potential.

“We have money in this country but priorities are upside down,” he noted.

On UTM plans for the country, he reiterated that it will create 1 million jobs within a year as well as improve the nation’s education and health systems.

“We know how to do it and I repeat we will do it. Don’t ask me how because I am not gonna solve the equation for you,” said Chilima.

“We will also construct good government buildings and a state of the art railway transport system,” he added.

The 45-year old, moving forward, UTM will field 193 aspiring MPs in all constituencies in the country, all wards in the country for aspiring councilors and a presidential candidate.

“To show that we are serious about this, we will pay nomination fees for all these candidates [to the Malawi Electoral Commission] in advance,” he said.

Before urging people to register in large numbers in the ongoing voter registration exercise to be able to vote in the elections and remove “thieves”, Chilima threw out a proverb as has been his style  of being witty and humorous orator .

He said: “When you see  hungry goat running away from green pasture it was feeding on,  just know there must be dangerous ants hiding in the grass.”

 

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ndele
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ndele

if chilima akulonjeza zambili pa kanthawi kocepa , ambuyathu a lelowa who is holding the que ngati analonjeza zocepa zoti azacita , acita zingati??????????? pa 4 nna hafu yeezi. mwinaso miyala ina anazika ija anthu anangogumulapo kukakozela khola la a kapado. mundiuze zina, muluzi anaika mwala wa cipatala- clinic mu dela lina ,mpaka lelotu basi pamangokhalapo anyamata okusa n’gombe, nde mutiuze zina apa. musiyeni mwanayu ayesekoso. kodi mlambawu ndi his folks abwereso atiodzeletseso nd e next term tidzangognelatu.kodi plesdent wa LIBERIA anali wa ndale padzana? and how old is he???? anthu ofudyumala inu. yes za maphuzilo, ana athu sakuphuzila nkomwe… Read more »

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Ignore UTM at your own peril. A well of votes is sitting in the rural areas so urban thinking doesn’t really matter so is educated mind. Malawi has a wealth of 70% of its population which is uneducated, poor and unsophisticated but with power to vote just like anyone else. There lis the problem with Malawi politics. Those in the urban areas can scream all they want and criticise UTM or DPP all they want but at the day votes count; and this is where DPP is great at harvesting and so will UTM going forward.

lilian
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lilian

I think people are overpraising him. Political life by its nature attracts a high percentage of crooks and scoundrels and he just one of them. No one would go to a beautiful woman for courtship and claim to be poor and as Chilima is courting for our votes he will say very pleasing things but yet he knows he wont fulfill them. He told us he will be naming names yet he is full of parables. Come on guys we are not here to hear about the parable of the sewer again as told by Jesus so that we should… Read more »

Jamax
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Jamax

That’s great Lilian I see no any fruit speech from HIM he is just a blue liar…

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

To win votes political leaders need to package their messages to resonate with the electorate, finish! I am yet to come across a politician whose hands are clean and if there are; they would be called priests. Ndala is ndale and means kutchela. The smarter you are at hoodwinking the electorate with rhetoric the more votes they get and if this is via making empty promises then be it. If the people aren’t satisfied with delivery they have the option to impeach or vote them out; it’s called constitutional democracy. Chilima or Peter isn’t forcing anyone to vote for by… Read more »

winston msowoya
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HOW GREAT YOU ARE CHILIMA!!!!!!!!! You delivered wonderful speech to our brothers and sisters.Chilima time has come to build a new Malawi for our children,their children and the generations to come.Leaving our country into the hands of vagabonds and thieves,means we have failed our people.Malawi could be very far ahead of Many countries in Africa but,astonishingly, we are far behind many countries.Just let me give you a good instance,We got independence almost the same time with BOTSWANA,but our brothers and sisters there,are well a head us,aren’t we ashamed of that? The tribalistic war in RWANDA in 1994,destroyed everything,but today,Rwanda, is… Read more »

Jamax
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Jamax

Only GOD can bring the change in Malawi already the change started happening some time back but because we are blind we are not able to see, things are changing in MALAWI right now,,,,, CHILIMA as CHILIMA cannot bring any change and I repeat he can not – look at his team it is a shame. If he is failing to tell you HOW he is going to create the 1 million jobs, and if he is even failing to tell you how he is gonna improve the power problem, let me tell you my fellow Malawians talking and doing… Read more »

chikoti
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chikoti

Akuliwa akuinersa kut Ali ndi ndi mayankhoho a msangamsanga a mavuto athu.nde penaoake nkumazifunsa kiut Ena omse Ali mbomamu nzeru zinawathera zatsala ndi akuluwa basi? ..u dictator umayamna chonchitu..ngati zomee akunena zizakumane ndi zoosinja nzija amayamaba kunema kut Ena akindisokoneza.

Na phiri
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Na phiri

Chilima has proved to be good at proverbs.

Masomphenya
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Masomphenya

This was a show for UTM Drama Group. Chilima played presidents, Kaliyati played general secretary and many others. It’s just a movement – a group of protestors or demonstrators against the government. It’s all acting please do not take them seriously. Remember it’s just a movement – no real agenda, no real cause and its for anyone to lead their way!

lilian
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lilian

I support. When is this another free show coming. Probably up north and we know northern region has entertainment drought and it will be all people including the floating livingstonia synod flocking to his shows. New kid on the block

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Ignore UTM at your own peril. A well of votes is sitting in the rural areas so urban thinking doesn’t really matter so is educated mind. Malawi has a wealth of 70% of its population which is uneducated, poor and unsophisticated but with power to vote just like anyone else. There lis the problem with Malawi politics. Those in the urban areas can scream all they want and criticise UTM or DPP all they want but at the day votes count; and this is where UTM and DPP are good at harvesting.

POLITICIAN
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POLITICIAN

I WAS DEEPLY TOUCHED WITH THE MJULA MKANDAWIRE SONG, THE PROPOSED ABOLITION OF QUOTA SYSTEM OF SELCTING UNIVERSITY STUDENTS INTO PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES AND DESIRE TO RESOLVE LAND ISSUES IN THYOLO AND MULANJE.

Chappe;
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Chilima is promising too much too soon. Getting the crowd behind him is one thing, delivering on all his promises is quite another. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.

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