I won’t be stampeded, Chilima challenges Malawi govt to bring out ‘skeletons’

UTM Party presidential candidate Saulos Klaus Chilima has dared government to bring out whatever dirt it has on him, saying he would not be cowed into silence after he spokes against abuse of public resources to fund the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) election campaign.

Crowds of people listening to Chilima in Neno

Addressing a record crowd at Chikonde Primary School Ground in Neno on Wednesday,  Chilima said his warning to Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) on Sunday was based on solid evidence.

Chilima, who is also the country’s Vice-President but quit DPP last June to launch his presidential bid,  was reacting to a government statement signed by Information and Communication Technology Minister Henry Mussa which threatened to expose the UTM leader for alleging that the two public bodies were sponsoring DPP activities in the build-up to the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

“Go ahead with bringing out my skeletons from the cupboard if there are any. If anyone thinks I will be scared by that threat they are dreaming. I will continue to speak out against theft because this is the people’s money.

“ We all pay taxes and it is not fair that one group should be monopolising public resources,” he told the ululating crowd that attended the televised rally.

Chilima insisted that he had overwhelming evidence that DPP regional governors for the South and Centre were fuelling their vehicles using fuel cards from the two bodies, saying he had the numbers for the cards involved.

The Vice President bemoaned Neno’s state of underdevelopment, saying the area had enormous potential to develop if government invested in various areas, including a good road network.

“This area is very beautiful and I have seen that the people here are not lazy. They want to work hard to develop themselves. All they need is a government that is committed to giving them the support they need,” he said.

He promised to transform the district if people of Neno give him and the UTM the nod in next month’s elections  and construct a durable road to Neno to ease mobility and seamlessly connect the district to the rest of the country.

Before the main rally, Chilima held Imbizo  meetings at Chifunga, Magaleta, Ligowe and Kundembo.

Meanwhile, as a result of Chilima’s revelations on the fuel cards abuse, Treasury has instructed MRA and Macra to stop buying fuel from Puma Energy Malawi.

Inside sources said after the embarrassing revelations of the abuse of fuel cards, government suspects that it was Puma Energy officials who ‘leaked’ the information to the Vice President.

“It’s true we have been directed to stop buying fuel from Puma Energy Malawi with immediate effect,” said the source.

During the rally, Chilima, who is the first presidential hopeful to address a rally in the district after Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) launched the 60-day official campaign period, lobbied people in the district to vote for him as President and UTM Party councillors and members of Parliament.

Speaking earlier, group village head Donda said Neno is still lagging behind in development. The chief cited a lack of district council offices, district secondary school and community colleges as examples that the district is not developed.

 

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Piper
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Piper

If your neighbour tells you your child is behaving badly when you are at work, you don’t accuse the neighbour of the same. You rather investigate.

Kaguta
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Kaguta

Chilima has way too many grudges and is talking like an angel. He is not. Chilima, do you think people don’t know that you are the one who forced former MERA CEO, Ralph Kamoto, your in-law to abuse MERA funds and buy maize under the guise of helping government ? Kumene munadyeratu tikudziwa!

Nde tikambe za MERA building ? Basop

Zobanduka
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Takambani tinve ife pano…. Koma za Fuel Cards abuse tazinvera limodzi and wakuba athawa yekha nzoonadi aletsadi kumwetsera mafuta ku Puma…. Shame! Moti ndalama zogulira mafuta ochitira campain mulibe koma mukabe basi????? Mukunya dikirani…32 dys left! Mxiii!

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

Absolutely

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

Why dont bring the evidence or tell the nation exactly what happened. You think DPP can keep secrets for Chilima???? Impossible unless if it’s a cooked one.

mtete
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mtete

Shouldn’t the list include Collins Magalasi’s MERA?

ndele
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ndele

cilima is just unearthing the rot. local pipo sazidziwatu izi mumaziwa ndinu mmazichula a boma,in your suits with your potbellies kumapita mmamizimu kumakawanamiza kuti mukativotela ndekuti tikupangilani izi. mmbuyomu mosemu munali kwaaniko

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

The family is run but only one person the father or the husband rather, the company is the CEO and the government is the president nobody else. All others just assistthat’s why is someone is a star performer the president reshuffle 5hat individual that he or she is stealing the limelight. that’s 5he president in this case must take both the glory when things go right & the nlame when things go wrong. Thete is no way onecan say the government of Chilima yet he is the Vice president. They say the Government of Mutharika. So he is the one… Read more »

George21
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George21

If I were the Vice President I would just meet my boos and together we deal with the faulty management teams from the said parastatals! That is if I were a competent VP. Not taking all those allegations to Nenon! What a shame!

BigMan
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BigMan

I take it you are in the diaspora.

Babatunde
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Babatunde

Akutayisani nthawi ameneyo…sakuzidziwa zikuchitika!

concerned citizen
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concerned citizen

ZAULULIKA BASI NGAKHALE MUKUKANA . LETS WAIT FOR MAY 21 TDZAONE KUTI A MALAWI OFUNIRA DZIKO LAWO ZABWINO ADZACHITA ZOTANI ?

Truth Pains
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Expose them all in DPP, they are big cashgaters than JB and her party PP. These DPP Cadets thought they are smart in stealing our resources day and night but their days are numbered, it’s not any more in years or months but in days to get rid of DPP Watch out as the law of the land will come after you from 22nd May after UTM is in charge of this country. We are tired of your abuse of our hard earned Tax. You will surely pay for this mess all of you involved . Check in Sudan your… Read more »

MBUMBA
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MBUMBA

LET CROOKS EXPOSE EACH OTHERS

SYMPA
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SYMPA

Too pompous, too many grudges….. No more time for CROOKS

Kaka
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Kaka

Which crooks? Are you sure exposing theft is tantamount to being a crook? Are you happy with the fact that a certain group of people should be stealing money that is meant to uplift the suffering of many many Malawians. What sort of a person are you? shame on you! You are a terrible person who condone rubbish and you don’t deserve any space in Malawi. Anthu akuba inu!