Chilima tells BBC his quest to transform Malawi: ‘I will crack the whip on corruption’

Vice-President Saulosi Chilima  has spoken to BBC Focus on Africa in an interview where he has asserted that he will be running for presidency next year on the banner of his newly launched United Transformation Movement (UTM) and making hitting promises to crack down on corruption and sort out the country’s shambolic state owned enterprises.

Chilima: I will crack the whip

Chilima, who is this Sunday expected to storm Blantyre at Njamba Freedom Park, for the launch of the movement in the southern region, said he will move beyond merely denouncing corruption and act on decisively on it.

When asked that he is accusing the same government he has been  serving for the last four years, the vice-president  said: “Whether it takes one year or two years to speak, the important thing is we speak, as a matter of fact nobody disagrees that there is corruption, have been a lot more  emphatic … We want to walk the talk.”

Chilima said UTM will ensure that the law is reformed to make the fight of corruption robust

The vice-president maintained his accusations that the DPP–led government of perpetuating corruption and nepotism.
He said the fight against corruption is real, saying anyone who stole government money should give back to the government, saying he will grant a 30-day amnesty to those who have stolen from the public purse to refund the money.

Chilima said UTM was formed to clear the mess created by the current administration which continues to plunder public resources when the majority of the citizenry were living in abject poverty.

“Will crack the whip there is no two ways about it,”

Asked if it will be a big whip, he said “certainly it can’t be small.”

Chilima said time for politics of glorification would be over once UTM takes over the government.

He stressed that his movement is ready to usher in the change Malawi needs.

Asked where would be draw much support from, he said: “This is movement belongs to all Malawians and it belongs to nobody, it is for Malawians and it has got one agenda to bring about the much desired change for Malawians.”

During the interview with BBC, Chilima talked of his a 12-point plan for UTM to implement if elected president in next year’s tripartite elections.

“There are soft issues, corruption comes first and nepotism comes second. New politics comes third.

We need to move away from politics of glorification or   stop a master-slave relationship,” he said

“Then you look at sectoral issues that need to be resolved be it in health, education, agriculture,” said Chilima.

However, Chilima said the movement will have a detailed electoral pledge in a manifesto to be launched in due course.

“I think we will bring a message of hope for a better future and also better governance in this country,” said Chilima.

But DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi said if the Vice-President is true in his attacks on government, then he should resign as the country’s second-in-command.

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Maunits
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Maunits

The whole Dausi can make such sentiments sure is this guy serious. If he is true in his attacks he should resign as Veep heeeee! are u out of your senses.

angoni apaphata
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angoni apaphata

Honour among thieves

Napoleone
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Napoleone

Chilima you took oath of office to serve the republic with honesty. Now , you have been watching corruption happening before your nose and doing nothing. This time you are coming because you want to be the president without which you were not going to talk. You have failed the nation so much. As a Vice President you had power to report those in corruption or any corruption activity to the body that has been empowered to deal with corruption. If DPP has been corrupt it means you have enjoyed the benefits of it since you have been the member… Read more »

Zam'tonda
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Zam'tonda

Dausi is huge parrot. That never uses his brains his memorised statements are a puzzle to his own boss APM who in passing said he does not understand Dausi until he holds a dictionary next to him. He can’t ask Chilima to resign since SKC holds a constitutional position you can see how illiterate this buffoon is he is the illiterate dungeon of Idi Amin if he thinks Chilima will resign he is in for a suspense story Chilima must dig deep must amplify the megaphone on the twelve points the nation is internalising very shortly these thematic points will… Read more »

Manganya
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Manganya

Kodi achitsiru a Jeff wa Jeffrey a m’bwebwe aja Ali kuti sakuyankhulapo! Baby ndiameneyutu wayambapo! Pafacebook paja mwati ziiiii? Account number one muli nayo kayambemponi. ….Ben phiri, chimbuyako chopanda mano chimuthalika, fat neck nankhumwa mulimva kawawa dziko chakachamawachi…..mbava tukudziwanitu. … ka getrude maseko kubisalira ku BEAM tilanda ma mansion mwamanga aja. Agalu Mbava. ….kuli ku China or Korean nonse tikanangowombera basi iyaaaa a!

Four reasons Chilima is refusing to resign
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Four reasons Chilima is refusing to resign

Four main possible reasons Chilima is refusing to resign:

Firstly, he fears he may forfeit/loose his retirement benefits

Secondly, he wants to address his rallies with the pomp and security of a vice president.

Thirdly, he wants to sustain the psychological torture on his former party

Lastly and more importantly, he is a president in waiting should anything happen to the president.

Question is: are these reasons based on personal gain or love for country?

LEGO
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You can answer it by yourself

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

These are your ‘4 main possible reasons’ others are looking on a BIGGER PICTURE.
In fact other people would argue the main reasons DPP gurus are leaving no stone unturned to continue being in power are:
1. Continue have access to state resources & LOOT coz of INSATIABLE appetite..
2. DPP gurus are afraid of the arm of the law for having stolen massively.
3. They are afraid their cronies (beneficiaries of corruption, nepotism and cronyism) will loose their jobs
The same question can then be asked……

angoni apaphata
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angoni apaphata

Mwambi wakenso ulipo… Uwu ndi wa muchingelezi. Honour among thieves. Okuba akapita kukaba palibe zokuti amagawanapo mwachilungamo ndiye mapeto ake amayambana

Nabetha
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Nabetha

the discussion…
Personal gain

Vison
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Vison

Love for country Sir.

Sikusinja
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Sikusinja

SKC will crack the whip on corruption yet he is being funded by funds from corruption from people like Masangwi and Makondi. How can you put Malawi in order when you can’t put a movement in order. This politics of greed and selfishness doesn’t help. We talk about mbava zenizeni going to prison, does SKC know that after commission of inquiry of Chasowa, Masangwi and Ngalande were arrested and the only reason they are not in jail is because DPP won in 2014 and mlandu unazizira. Promise Malawians and the Chasowa family that when you are elected the people responsible… Read more »

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

I believe this guy will really drain the swamp. It was easy for him to go for the easy route, KUBA, but he’s brave and taken the bull by it’s horns despite the dangers. Take them on Chilima.

Achimidzimidzi
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Achimidzimidzi

This boy speaks what people want to hear but he can’t do. This fight should not be political hatred. He is the 2nd powerful person but he keeps talking without action.

Walk the Talk
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Walk the Talk

This young man is very brilliant, he can really transform this country. APM leave DPP and join UTM under Dr. SKC. SKC, you have my vote come 21st May, 2019. This country indeed belong to all of us, and not certain tribe or region.

Huwee
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Huwee

He never created any jobs in four years and he says he will create one million IF you vote him President. Noooop don’t listen to the language of cone men. We already put him vice president and created nothing. What would make you believe he would? The red uniform and SKC cap……………..Search me

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