Chilima rules out government of national unity with ‘criminal gang’

UTM president Saulos Chilima has ruled out joining a government of national unity should the Peter Mutharika administration form as solution to the current political impasse over the May 21 poll results.

Chilima  delivered asked President Mutharika to relinquish what he termed ‘criminally assumed power’.

Answering a question from a journalist during a news conference on Friday at the party’s headquarters in Area 10, Lilongwe, Chilima, who is the former State vice-president, said said he could not be part of a “criminal gang” who stole the elections.

“We cannot be part of government with people who stole the elections,” said Chilima.

Asked who would fund a poll rerun should the High Court rule in favour of the UTM and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) election petitions, Chilima said the government has enough money to fund such an election rerun.

“The President has time and gain told us that this election was wholly funded by the government. As long as people are paying tax, the government can fund the rerun,” said Chilima.

The former corporate executive -turned-politician said members of the party are footing the bills for the election case in the High Court.

Chilima, flanked by party officials, including secretary general Patricia Kaliati and publicity secretary Joseph Chidanti-Malunga, appealed for calm among the party’s supporters but pointed out that it should not be interpreted as the party’s acceptance of the disputed results.

He, therefore, warned that the party’s supporters will be requested to release their anger at an appropriate time.

Chilima also delivered a direct warning to President Mutharika, asking him to relinquish what he termed ‘criminally assumed power’.

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oMachemba
oMachemba
3 years ago

I can’t believe how the media is allowing HARDtalk Chilima to suck up most of the oxygen in the arena of the election debate. He is a political failure already, and his brand continues to be damaged by self inflicted wounds – like whenever he feels confident enough, when under the influence of alcohol (and other substances) to face the media in a press conference like this. When he literally has nothing significant say. Attention and sympathy seeker. Moreover, he has damaged the political careers of many, like Akweni Kaliati and Jessie Kabwila, by his overconfidence without performance evidence. Now… Read more »

hlupo sibande
hlupo sibande
3 years ago
Reply to  oMachemba

Visionless people!!!!!!!!!!!! CHILIMA ND DILUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!

Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
3 years ago

Kodi anthunu mungospsinjapsinja zoti pitala was sidelin8ng VP ,mwatani inu.
Atidye nao ose akungoti yes bwana yes bwana
Ndiomwe mukukana zinthu kusintha

dalo
dalo
3 years ago

Chilima is a man,ena nonse omwe simufuna zinthu zabwino mudana naye ameneyu and mufune musafune chilima ndi mzika ya dziko lino la malawi and munthu ameneyu ndikatundu ku utsogoleri.Anthu onse opanda maso mphenya komanso osakonda dziko ili ndiomwe mumalankhula zopanda mutu.Ngati mukuona ngati chilima asiya mission yake iyi mulira,musaiwale munabela ma vote,by the way mumbiri ya dziko la malawi ndani anayambitsa chipani miyezi yochepa ndikupeza ma vote amene mnyamatayu wabeledwanso?????.

Hatton
Hatton
3 years ago

Even if a Government of National Unity is required, you can never be a member of it. Your hands are dirty. We are digging deeper to unearth your katangale ku road traffic with the issuing of a contract of one of the operators there. We will now take you head on, now that campaign is over. I hear that your are asking MEC chairperson to resign? How many times were similar calls made on you when you were stealing money from Government in the name of salary when you were not providing any service to it? Did you resign? Jane… Read more »

Emmanuel
Emmanuel
3 years ago

Chilima talks is senseless

joseph Banda
joseph Banda
3 years ago

Iwe Saulos Chilima let me remind you on the simple issues that you should have realized on your own. General Elections ended on the 21st May 2019. Now there is a LIGITIMATE GOVERNMENT THAT HAS BEEN SWORN IN BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE. THE SAME CHIEF JUSTICE YOU ARE SEEKING SOME HELP. As such the rules of the Land that were relaxed to enable smooth conducting of general elections are over. The Supreme laws of the Land are now working. A WORD OF CAUTION. Do not cry and rushing to AU- Southern African Office with rubbish accusations. The Laws will definitely… Read more »

Mwini-Munda
Mwini-Munda
3 years ago
Reply to  joseph Banda

Nonsense talk from a thief. Thieves like you and your DPP masters are dragging Malawi back to the stone age.

mtete
mtete
3 years ago

A government of national unity when you have only 4 MPs who, we are told, have already gone to DPP. In my view, you should join forces with MCP in making it difficult for DPP to breathe since the 62% who rejected APM are mainly from MCP and UTM.

Limma
Limma
3 years ago
Reply to  mtete

I totally agree with you, if these people are so honest about changing things for the betterment of Malawians, they would work together. In fact they should’ve worked together during the past elections. They don’t coz the change they are interested in it’s not for Malawians but rather for their own pockets and gross. They want to be in power, that’s their creed. It’s not to help Malawians. Do you know that if Chilima has worked with MCP there would’ve been change in Malawi? If Chilima never disrupted the winds of change that were blowing before his opportunistic awakening, there… Read more »

Sienta
Sienta
3 years ago
Reply to  Limma

Let Chakwera get rid of Mia then it will be even

Gada
Gada
3 years ago

Government of National Unity ndi chipani cha ma MP 4? Maloto a chumba!

Favour of Yahweh
3 years ago

Kikikiki this Chilima guy is interesting. You told the whole nation that DPP ndi Ana sangambere, ndi pi iwe nkudya kwako, manga zinatani? You are a time waster. No one can taken you in a government or national unity.

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
Anzelu ndi Anzelu
3 years ago

Which tax money are you talking about? Instead of using money for health, education and infrastructure, now you want it for foolish elections as if your five years as VP have done us any good. Just eat your pension in peace and forget about reruns.

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