Escom surrenders vehicles for Chimulirenji convoy: Chilima accuses DPP of abuse of public resources

Financially-troubled Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has surrendered  some of its vehicles which forms part of President Peter Mutharika running mate, Everton Chimulirenji’s convoy,  being used for elections campaign.

Chilima and UTM’s Newton Kambala at Kasungu rally
Chilima in his emphasis of entrenched corruption and fraud under DPP regime
Part of the crowds athat gathered at Kasungu Boma for UTM rally

State vice-president Saulos Chilima disclosed this  at a UTM Party rally in Kasungu on Saturday.

Chilima has since told the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to immediately withdrew the vehicles, saying this is abuse of public resources.

“It is not the responsibility of Escom to give vehicles for convoys, no. This is pure abuse of public resources and I will not condone it,” said Chilima Chilima said he would continue spilling the beans of corruption and theft of public resources to enhance accountability and transparency.

“They say that I should give evidence, why can’t they deal with the one [Mutharika] who received K145 million and then five vehicles, what evidence do you want?” Chilima asked rhetorically.

The UTM president said Blantyre Water Board received a loan of K160 billion for some works but the board wants to award the contract to contractors with DPP connections without going through the tender system as required by law.

Chilima also said Macra has given the DPP vehicles for use during the campaign, saying he has the registration numbers and the type of vehicles which he would reveal one day.

The UTM president  also said that the DPP is getting money from Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) and Energy Generation Company (Egenco), the company established to generate power, dubiously for the funding of the ruling party.

“You should know that your time is up. The officials who are conniving with the ruling party to do this rot will be accountable for their actions,” he said.

Chilima—who stuck to his script of condemning the rot draining public resources in the DPP administration—is on record to have challenged responsible authorities to investigate officials from the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) and State Residences over their alleged roles in the award of a contract in the procurement of Escom generators to the fourth bidder instead of the successful bidder.

The Vice-President said a brave female Escom chief executive officer (Evelyn Mwapasa) was transferred to a ‘small” institution for allegedly refusing to take instructions from the officials.

Escom board chairperson Thom Mpinganjira said his board had ordered a forensic investigation into what it called blatant disregard of procurement rules and regulations.

Mpinganjira, an accomplished businessperson and majority shareholder in FDH Financial Holdings Limited, said the irregular procurement decisions have left Escom with materials that it may not use for as long as 10 years while some would, over time, become technologically obsolete.

During the Kasungu rally, Chilima  told the record crowd that DPP will be out of government come May 21 and he would form the next government

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Thyolo Thava boy
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28 days to go, I see change coming. No more looting of public resources from 24 May 2019.

Guideon
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Guideon

Guys umbuli sichinthu chabwino Chilima ndi VP wa dziko la Malawi ndipo ayenera kulandira ma benefit onse ngati VP kusagwira ntchito sikufuna koma ngati sakupasidwa ntchitozo atani may be mubwereretso ku xool, I think MCP and DPP kunazazana mbuli zokha zokha, munthuyu ndithu ndi mudalitso ochokera kwa Mulungu. Lemekezekani Namalenga mutipasa mnyamatayu kuti atichose muwukapolo wa umbuli onse amene akumunyoza akhululukireni sakudziwa chomwe akuchita

Jason Bailer
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Jason Bailer

What Chilima is saying is a fallacy. Has he already forgotten, or he is not aware that he is misusing government resources in party work by taking with him the security detail on his political campaign tours, together with other amenities? In actual fact he is the one who must be questioned as to why he is not so credible and trustworthy as a presidential candidate. How will people take him seriously?

Anganga
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I have been searching about UTM and Chilima found nothing but hatred, cruel you are there to punish others. U havr lost my vote. UDF my vote is yours. Awa alephera awa palibe chanzeru akulankhula. Talking nonsense

Njazi
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Njazi

Take your vote to whosoever you want to, we are not losing this elections because of small rather tiny minded people like you.

mtete
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mtete

I wish I could vote UTM into power but what bothers me is the questionable characters in the party: Masangwi, Makondi, Mbewe and the likes of these fellows. As regards revelations on abuse of resources in government departments and statutory bodies, this has been going on for years although this DPP government leads the pack. Having been in government for a long time, SKC is better placed to glean information on abuse of resources than Laz but we should remember the latter revealed wrongdoings being committed by DPP government on procurement of standby generators, a revelation suspected to have resulted… Read more »

mtete
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mtete

I wish I could vote UTM into power but what bothers me is the questionable characters: Masangwi, Makondi, Mbewe and the likes of these fellows. What will they demand at the end of the day? Revelations on abuse of resources in government departments and statutory bodies has been going on for years although this DPP government heads the list. Having been in government for a long time, SKC is better placed to glean information on abuse of resources than Laz but we should remember the latter revealed wrongdoings being committed by DPP government on procurement of standby generators, a revelation… Read more »

ananveruwa aku veterinary ukoo nsewu wa midima
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ananveruwa aku veterinary ukoo nsewu wa midima

Ndikuvotera iweyo basi SKC WANVA Ngakhale akazianga ndi chibwezi changa ndawauza kuti vote SKC BASI

Bolero
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Bolero

I like this young man. He is really a strategist. In August he introduced himself on corruption platform with the pumbwa rhetoric. He moved on to addressing issues he will focus on when elected president – 1 million jobs, cheap fertilizer, etc. This culminated into his Manifesto. Now he has switched the gear taking the offensive approach. He is full of surprises. Not sure what he will focus on after May 10. I am sure it will be fireworks. Its no surprise people love him. Remember, people are still waiting to hear the price of fertilizer. He started talking about… Read more »

Sir
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Sir

Saulos is winning these elections whether mcp likes it or not. He is the type of a leader Malawi needs now. MCP ,PP, FP has become full of people connected with lots of questionable character in as far as katangale is concerned. How will you fight corruption? MCP you can not even get information /tips on what is happening in some parastatals and you are busy blaming some one who is telling malawians on what is happening. You think a mcp muwina, forget it. Ngati pali chipani chochita practice tribalism nde ndinu a congress. Samadziwa ndani? Leave the young man… Read more »

mabeka
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mabeka

mbambande

Anganga
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I always say one word

He managed ti lig.. last time not this time. Tigwetsa uyu

Yuyuka
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Yuyuka

Mr VP, you are also using state resources for UTM campaign. Mfundo zakuthera iwe ndi comedian Manganya. Campaign youmangokhalira ndiulura.