Chilima promises ‘lifestyle audit’ to curb wrongful enrichment in Malawi

Vice-President Saulos Klaus Chilima , who is leading United Transformation Movement (UTM) a breakaway from ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), has said he will introduce  “lifestyle audit “— an anti-graft initiative that, if implemented, would require all public servants  including  businesspersons  to show how they earned enough to afford the mansions, ranches and luxury cars so many of them own.

Chilima conducted whistle-stop meetings before the main rally

Chilima walking about to the rally

Crowds at UTM rally in Mchinji

Movement: Chilima going places with UTM

Chilima spoke at Kamwendo Trading Centre in central region border district of Mchinji on Saturday at a political rally by his UTM after he earlier conducted whistle-stop meetings from the capital Lilongwe to the venue of the rally.

He said public servants and other people will be asked to explain the source of their wealth and those found culpable with the plunder of national resources will be required to defend their source of wealth.

“People should be able to explain how they acquired a house or property in comparison to what they earn,” he said.

Chilima said the lifestyle audit will be among various measures to put in place by the UTM government to curb wrongful enrichment and corruption.

The UTM leader said his  movement is ready to usher in the change Malawi needs among others to genuinely fight  corruption, end nepotism and impunity – which he accused the  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  led government of perpetuating the vices.

SKC – as Chilima is fondly called by his supporters – said corruption has destroyed Malawi, costing the public good service delivery in health, education, agriculture and infrastructure development sectors.

The Vice-President also said he would do away with the Farm Input Subsidy Program (Fisp) and introduce universal subsidy program where strategic farm input products would be subsidized for all Malawians to access at an affordable price.

He also said his government would promote mechanized farming where cooperatives would access farm machinery such as tractors to be used at cooperative level.

The UTM leader also said he will introduce pension scheme for all Malawians aged 65 years and above once he becomes the country’s president.

He disclosed that there will be a welfare benefits pay for those on retirement.

Chilima maintained his pledge to create one million jobs, abolish the quota system of selecting students into public universities, end presidential immunity from prosecution while in office, increase teachers’ salaries and make Parliament the appointing authority of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general and other important positions, in the first year if elected president in the 2019 Tripartite Elections.

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Chokazinga
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Chokazinga

I think in all fairness, Chilima should check himself here. In the spirit of loving the country and being responsible one should accept their failures not only as individuals but as a team player. You joined APM to enter government, and your president is not doing well. Then you should be part of the problem by saying “I have failed you Malawians” I am sorry with all the trust you gave me things have not worked out. I want to resign from the DPP and also Government so that I can serve you better. I want to detach myself from… Read more »

BigMan
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BigMan

Stop wasting time with that line friend. EVERYONE knows Chilima was stripped of all power and influence in DPP, and secondly we ALL know that he is the current VP of Malawi, it doesnt matter a drop!

MCP Woyeeèee
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MCP Woyeeèee

Chilima is crook……atipepesedi anatibweretsera mavuto…

Mulomwe
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Mulomwe

SKC isn’t making too many promises. The reason is that Malawi is in such a mess currently been lead by clueless people. The promises SKC is making is because no system is working well. The country needs complete overhaul. Everything and many systems need to be scrapped and started all over again. Everything SKC is saying is true and just a result of the bad state of affairs the country is in now. Nothing lasts forever. The plunder DPP has caused to the beautiful has to come to an end. SKC will bring it to the end. A pumbwa onse… Read more »

concerned citizen
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concerned citizen

Eetu, ngati mumaba mwayeneradi kuyamba kunjenjemera omwe mukulemba macoment osanveka bwino. Malawi needs some one like Chilima to clean up the mess that is taking place and has been taking place for along time in our country.

Nalingula
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Nalingula

I hear you are spending 6 million per Rally .Where are you getting the Money.You are surrounded by Pipo omwe mbiri zao Nkhani ya Ndalama – Corruption, Kuzemba misonkho yet they are Funding your Movement. Khaya.

mediaz
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mediaz

Iwe utm,Kodi ndalama zimene ukugwiritsa ntchito kuyenda ukuyendaku ukudzitenga kuti?Too much promises,,,,

Shitholes dpp
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Uyanbira anzako you are with in utm like Masangwi and Kaliati. You are surrounded by thieves. Some of us have been talking about the cars and mansions civil servants have. A PS gets K1.0 million before taxes but lives in a house worth K100 million built in less than a year. There are mansions in area 43, area 49 and one PS built an upstairs house in area 11. Mwatibera kwambiri tiwone zina osati zathawa ku dpp.

wanzeru wa ku south
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wanzeru wa ku south

Mudzatipanga audit ndiife tomwe amene tilemele ndi miracle money ya bushiri?

Toka
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Toka

Mr. Chilima now we know u are not the kind of person we want to rule Malawi….otherwise anthu muzawapweteka osalakwa.
Munthu alephere kugula mini bus coz akuopa to be audited? Civil servant makamaka mphunzitsi ngati ine asamange nyumba coz of fear of putting his job at risk?
MCP is our only hope.

SHuri
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SHuri

Only those who have stolen are afraid of a life style Audit

Domasi
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Domasi

Ndakwela Chilima, ndakwela UTM,
Ndakwela chilungamo, ……………. Moto kuti buuuuuuuu!!!!

jamax
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jamax

Absalomu iwe!!!!!!!!!!! watikwana wamva tanena zomveka bwino look here everyone now knows that you are just building castles in the air. I do not think you can do even half of what APM is doing in terms of development ,,,,, your movement is like DEW it is there in morning but it will vanishes as soon as the sun arises. Stop lying to the people otherwise you shall live to regret the lest of your entire life.

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