Chilima says he won’t resign as Malawi VP: Speaks to Malawians  in UK

Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who is in the United Kingdom (UK) on private tour, says he will not resign from his post as the country’s second-in command.

Chilima being welcomed at Northamption Hilton Hotel by Makhalira

VP Chilima being greeted by Martin Guga

Chilima speaking to Malawians in UK at Hilton Hotel in Northampton

Cross section of patrons at the dinner with Malawians which Chilima attended

VP Chilima greets Elton Phiri a Malawian citizen

His comments rubbishes the joint  Civil Society Platform on Governance, which  on Thursday October 18 called for the resignation of Chilima, accusing  him of drawing a salary and benefits from government without doing work.

Chilima said on Thursday evening that he will not bow down to calls from some sectors of the society for him to quit his position as elected vice president.

The Vice President,  who is also an interim leader of United Transformation Movement (UTM),  said: “I will not resign because some people are holding press conferences. Let them hold the press conferences as that is their right to do so. They have the freedom to think or say any garbage but one thing is certain. I will not resign.”

Chilima made the remarks at Hilton Hotel  in Northampton when he attended a dinner hosted in his honour by Diaspora Malawians.

“This is not about Saulos Chilima, this is a movement to make Malawi a better for all. Malawi needs all of us to change and the time is now.

“Asking me to resign will not stop the movement because I am not the movement. The movement is for the people. I am but just one of the people who believe in the cause for a better Malawi,” said Chilima.

Chilima urged the Diaspora Malawians in the UK to actively take part in the development of their country saying “everyone has a duty and responsibility to make Malawi a better place for all.”

The Malawian vice president came to the dinner without any fanfare as is the case with most politicians when they travel abroad.

Chilima travelled to Northampton from London with his entourage comprising his aides, a one and half hours journey, by train and hired a taxi to the hotel using his personal money.

He  also paid for the dinner at the hotel for himself and his delegation and interacted with the Malawians who attended the event.

Speaking earlier, UTM’s UK wing chairperson Dr. Aubrey Makhalira thanked Chilima for honouring diaspora UK Malawians’ call to have an engagement with them, saying the vice president is a true leader who has Malawi’s best interests at heart.

Said Makhalira: “Dr Saulos Chilima   is a leader with a great vision for Malawi. He is the kind of leader that Malawi needs to transform. With him at the helm, Malawi will never be the same.”

A cross section of Malawians from all walks of life attended the event and travelled across the UK including England, Scotland and Wales and from far and wide.

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ndele
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ndele

GO SKS GO SKS GO SKS ASIYENI APUMBWAWA ALIBE FUNDO PAJA ALIBE POLOBULEMU TISAIWALE TINAZIVERA TOKHA sizinacokele mma nyuzi. yekha ndithu pakamwa pokhala nagti mlamba paja. at least izi nnamuvapo otherwise he can stand by the podium for a good hour sindivapo kanthu.
the guy had to go for speech therapy b4 becoming presdent.
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk ZAINABU jounalist uja anakangomunyangana kudasbwa naye ndi mmene ankalankhulila
SKS SO ARTUCULATE ,CLEAR AND COINCISE. TIYE TIYE TIYE SKS

Nsena jive
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Nsena jive

SCK will not step down as VC. The position is strategic for UTM; “draining the swamp” . It is not about the salary or benefits. It is the position which is important. We need to remember that without being VC, we wouldn’t know that there is another son of Malawi who can provide alternative voice. “Our country our home”

matela
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matela

olo mutanyoza chotani UTM izasintha zinthu anthu awiri omwe mumalemba zonyoza apa simungasinthe mitima ya anthu mwazolowera kupha alobino anthu aulesi inu .SAULOS ndi mamuna hard talk anayankha momveka bwino.and he is a gentleman sakufuna kunyoza boss wake

GRM
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GRM

Chilima is smart politician. He has my vote

Kennedy
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Kennedy

Let him see how people can vote in Malawi

Lilian Kaunda
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Lilian Kaunda

The dude will not resign becuase he knows he will not will and he wants to have something to fall back on while his stupid followers like Kaliati, Masangwi and Ngalande will be languishing in poverty. This boy is realy stupid. How to you go out and start talking ill of your own country. It is like a child who goes to a neihgbour and talks ill of own family. on the other hand if he says there is corruption yet he is associating himself with a government he calls to be corrupt. it is like catching your wife in… Read more »

VERONICA BARRATT
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VERONICA BARRATT

If he had resigned we wouldn’t have known of the depth of thieving that is happening in the Malawi government. He spoke of the 145mil, APM admitted by giving back, he spoke of the fuel syphoning at ESCOM, the officials even added more litres to what he had mentioned as being stolen, now we have this 270mil by Mulli, what more is there that we don’t know about? He is our eyes.!! so then we can make informed decisions come 2019

Gawani
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Gawani

Truth of the matter is that Chilima was nothing he was taken on board as VP. He was just a cell phone company Chief Executive. He knows by resigning he has no job and no power, he would be the nobody he was before. You cannot serve a government that you claim is corrupt and failing Malawi. Some people seek greatness others have greatness thrust upon them. Seek to be great Chilima by standing on your own!

GonapaDindi
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I don’t think Chilima can resign .I mean am sure he wants to , but for what ? The moment he resigns he is going to forfeit his retirement package which is for life .Running for presidency is a big gamble , he’ll either win or lose . For him to be made president or not is entirely up to us voters. His future is in our hands.So I think he’d rather lose and still have his retirement package , other than lose and be left with nothing. It’s a win or lose game kkkkk! So leave him alone ,… Read more »

matchona
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matchona

A wrong thing even done by many will never be right. Transformation start from us. Not that if Bingu did, JB did it, Chilumpha did it, APM did it, then let him do it is in transformation, against our own agenda. Let you show that you will realy transform Malawi or you want to milk this thin cow again. Be serious, hard talk mwagwanayo.

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