Just days after influential Lomwe chief Traditional Authority Ngolongoliwa said during the late Bingu wa Mutharika memorial service that the presidency should guard against gossip mongers from breaking ranks, .the state security organization has put under surveillance Vice President Saulos Chilima.
National Intelligence Service (NIB) boss Nicholas Dausi is said to have intensified Chilima hunt and is placing spies to the Veep official residence to monitor people he is meeting and officers are being told to put up reports portraying the Veep as creating parallel structures.
NIB sources said on Saturday, which was late Bingu wa Mutharika memorial, that Dausi placed a police officer from PMF ‘B’ Company of Kanjedza a Mr Minyanga on night duty to report on visitors coming into the Mudi residence to visit.
According to the intelligence officer, suspicion is that ruling party people and church leaders who visit the vice president’s residence may be forming parallel structures.
Dausi has also deployed another NIB spy a Mr Chikafumbwa in Lilongwe and others.
“The idea is to create a collateral damage on the vice president and deal with him now so that he is removed from the position,” said the source.
The surveillance has included tapping the VPs phone lines.
In his counsel, TA Ngolongoliwa asked Mutharika not to be misled by people who will come to him with various pieces of advice, saying “not all will be correct.”
Ngongoliwa further advised Mutharika that no advisor should separate him with his Vice President Chilima.
“If you start fighting amongst yourself it’s very dangerous because what will happen is that your Vice will be going and talking ill of you somewhere and you will also be disgruntled somewhere, but always remain united for your beautiful future,” said Ngolongoliwa.
During the entire speech by the chief, Mutharika fondly known as APM was seen nodding his head agreeing to Ngolongoliwa’s advice.
Politicisation of Intelligence
Leader of Opposition in parliament Lazarus Chakwera last week condemned “politicisation of state security institutions” particularly the National Intelligence Bureau.
Chakwera said in Parliament: “What does the National Intelligence Bureau do? What kind of intelligence are they gathering? How has the intelligence assisted this country to avert or deal with organised crime? What calibre of persons or personnel are we recruiting to carry out important national duty of protecting citizens? How insulated is the bureau from political interference and instructions when senior officers are party officials but drawing tax payers money? “
He said government must endeavour to find solutions that militate against the erosion of confidence and trust in security institutions.
Meanwhile, DPP spokesman and Leader of the House, Francis Kasaila has dispelled rumours that there is a rift between President Peter Mutharika and his vice president Saulos Klaus Chilima.
Kasaila, who is also Minister of Transport, said those dreaming of presidential fissures were “wasting their time” as the DPP administration remained solid.
“The relationship between President Mutharika and his vice president Chilima is very cordial,” said Kasaila.
“Those who are dreaming of a division are wasting their time,” he added.
Kasaila stressed that “there is no room for division”.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :