Malawi got withdraws VP Chilima’s part of security detail, vehicles: UTM fears DPP has sinister motives

Government has withdrawn 42 critical security personel of vice president Saulos Chilima just days after he held a successful political rally in Lilongwe to launch his United Transformation Movement (UTM) and he has been left with seven security guards to man two official residencies  Area 12 in Lilongwe and Mudi House in Blantyre and the office at Capital Hill.

Chilima bodyguards have been significantly reduced

Chief Secretary’s letter

The police have withdrawn the police officers from the B company most of whom are stationed at his official residence, Mudi in Blantyre.

According to a letter seen by Nyasa Times, the 42 police officers are to report to their new duty station as soon as they got the communication.

This comes just a day after secretary to the Office of the president and cabinet Lloyd Muhara reminded the government that Chilima is entitled to privileges and benefits in accordance with the president’s (salaries and benefits Act cap 2:02).

“In accordance with the legal requirement, I wish to remind all the addresses that the Right Honourable vice president should only be accorded such privileges and benefits as prescribed by law whenever the vice president is performing government duties,” says a letter from Muhara.

Apart from a comprehensive security detail, the vice president is also entitled to tax free salary which should be equal to two-thirds that of the President, free house in Lilongwe, free water, free electricity, free guest house on Blantyre, free medical services and physician on call among others.

The vice president’s press officer Pilirani Phiri has confirmed of the withdrawal of the security detail from Chilima.

UTM secretary general Patricia Kaliati said the withdraw of security detail is the launch of “political harassment and persecution” for Chilima who is accusing the DPP–led government of perpetuating corruption and nepotism.

Kaliati said the move could be a precursor to much more sinister motives.

She said the UTM are alert on DPP machinations against Chilima.

Meanwhile, governance expert and political commentator Makhumbo Munthali has faulted the Chief Secretary to government, Muhara for his statement, saying it smacks “hypocrisy” and is a typical case of selective justice.

“While the expectation is that every public official including the Vice President should enjoy their privileges and benefits when performing government business as prescribed by law, one wonders why the Chief Secretary has not issued similar reminders statements targeting the President who continue to enjoy benefits and privileges when conducting non-government business for example party political rallies, conventions and others.

“Why not issue similar reminders to the President too who continue to abuse government resources and benefits for political party gains. Otherwise, what one can see in the Chief Secretary statement is a hidden political hand which is political insecure with the political momentum the Vice President has started with following the formation of UTM. And sadly, the Chief Secretary is only being used to achieve these political ends,” Munthali said in an interview with Nyasa Times.

The governance expert said it is important for Malawians to demand accountability and transparency on both the President Mutharika and the Vice President Chilima on how they are using their privileges and benefits in line with the laws.

“Sadly, both the government and the opposition have joined hands in frustrating the operationalisation of Access to Information Law and the Political Parties legislations which would amongst other things help in showing the source of funding of political parties especially as we approach the 2019 Tripartite elections.

“Such laws would protect the tax payers money from abuse from those in power who might use such money under the guise of developmental rallies when in actual fact are party political rallies,” he said.

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Goliati
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Goliati

Zodabwitsa kuti Baby wayamba kuopyseza pomwe padzana paja a Goodall Gondwe anati Baby sangalamulire. Zikuoneka kuti pano ayamba kuopa Baby.

chilungamo chimawawa
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chilungamo chimawawa

dpp yatha ngati makatani basi. azigogo awa atha ntchito chifukwa cha kuba ndalama za boma

Nalingula
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Nalingula

Zinthu zokuba ndi Choncho,it does not End Well.Ndinazuka mmamawa 2014 kukavota.Kenako ndinatomva kuti Macadet aotcha ma ballot papers, ati Nkhope Yambuyao palibepo pa ballot .Kenako ee System ya Mec yagwa,kenako ma phone a ma monitor ajama.Ma driver onyamula ma voting materials zadaladala kumafika nao mma 10 koloko mu Blantyre momwemuno.Zina motoziwa ,kuonjezera ma figure.LERO ndie mutofuna kutipusisa.

The Patriot
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The Patriot

You can take away priveledges or security detail from the young man Chilima but you wont stop his movement. The DPP/Mulhako party have done their part and the results are there for all to see; murders of Njauju and Chasowa, Cashgate, nepotism and tribalism. The only reason why Pumbwa and co. want to stick to power is to continue receiving donations!!!! Ma mita basi….koma development nje!! As for my Mulhako colleagues and Ngongoliwa….please prepare for life outside power. You cannot rule this nation for ever…tsiku lina mitundu ina idzalamulira ndiye kudzakhala kulira ndi kukuta makaka!! Musamatumbwe ngati dziko ili ndi… Read more »

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

2014 DPP corrupt, Chilima alichete
2015 DPP corruption, Chilia alichete
2016 DPP corruption Chilima alichete
2o17 DPP corruption Chilima alichete
2018 DPP corrupt This government is corrupt and I will make sure that I will deal with corruption When I come to power.
Why did you zip your mouth Chilima all these years, why did you look the other side Chilima, Why now Chilima. Have you just realised that thee is corruption in the the government in which you are second in command?

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

waiting for the right time. they would have removed his security and perhaps try to kill him. You dont just woke up and fight an arrogant president. Be happy now make vote for a great leader otherwise goodluck on waiting for escom to give u lights while those u defend enjoy generators and travel abroad often. Wake up Malawi and love the country fot ur kids. These Goodall Dausi and chaponda have u seen their wealth and Nakhumwa???

1,000,000 Jobs UTM
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This is expected from thugs in dpp. Chilima warned them about his own behaviour when he said Njoka Saweta. Njoka yaluma dpp.

Saulos of Tarsus
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Saulos of Tarsus

Chilima walira, Chilima walira, koto koto, walira, mayo mayo, waliria boma. Kukaka milara pa mpando wa boma lakuba

kanyimbi
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kanyimbi

Komatu kumapanga tread carefully, in event of death of Peter Mutharika before 2019 ,(which is imminent ) ndithu muzavutika. Remember the case of JB and Bingu Wa Mutharika

DPP
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DPP

Do they know there is Psalm 91. And starts with who we goes to the Lord for safety, Who ever remains under the protection of the Mighty God can say you are my God and protector in you I trust. Chilima trust is in God not man. He can use anything to protect Chilima. If God is for him who can be against him.

Let them do,so that people can see the glory of God.

Noxy
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By severing ties with DPP and its President that are ruling this country, Chilima rendered himself useless to government hence removal of these priviledges. And again The VP preaching about abuse of government resources and being crusader of corruption and then use government security for his political movement launch is contrary to his preaching.I think Chilima has very bad advisors.

khodo
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let chilima try his lucky may be we will see new malawi than leaving names of Chaponda gorverning this country another 5 years

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