Malawi High Commission in UK shun VP Chilima during visit

Malawi High Commission in London shunned Vice-President Saulos Chilima during his visit to United Kingdom the whole of last week as they did not provide any services to him and support.

Chilima (r) accompanied by MP Williet Kalonga in London where he was on holiday

Chilima was in the United Kingdom (UK) on holiday where he travelled on Sunday and is expected back in Malawi this Sunday October 21.

The Malawi High Commission did not welcome or provide transport to Chilima even attend any of his functions on instructions from Malawi government to “stay away”.

The Vice-President, who is also leading the newly formed United Transformation Movement (UTM) that is promoting his ticket in the presidential race in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections,  had gone to UK for a holiday and performing “private” engagements.

A special assistant to the Vice-President on economic affairs Milward Tobias, confirmed that Chilima did not use tax payers money on his trip in which he had a delegation of five people.

In UK he was seen taking public transport to commute such as a train from London to Northampton when he went to engage the Malawians Diaspora community.

This is not the first time for a State vice-president to be shunned by Malawi diplomats at the London mission. When Joyce  Banda was vice-president to late Bingu wa Mutharika in 2012 after she broke ranks with the ruling party, she was also shunned on her tour with her husband former Chief Justice Richard Banda for a medical treatment.

Few weeks later, Banda became the first female president of Malawi, when she took office in  following the death of Bingu and her first trip in a month in power was UK where the diplomats at the High Commission, this time around were  jostling each other to be seen who is working hard to serve her.

Chilima took advantage of his one week self-funded holiday to seek international credibility and London is an important platform where he had time engaging some distinctly English and internationally highbrow institutions.

He among other things addressed the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House in London which analyses and promotes understanding of international issues affairs and  has hosted many world leaders including Malawian President Peter Mutharika, his predecessors Joyce Banda and the late Bingu wa Mutharika.

Chilima also met British peers and Scotland Malawi Partnership group at House of Lords in London.

Former First Minister Jack McConnell hailed Chilima for what he described as a strong analysis of development in Malawi during their meeting.

McConnell, who is life peer in Britain’s House of Lords,  tweeted: “Very strong analysis of current developments in Malawi from VP Chilima in London today”.

Chilima was also featured on BBC’s flagship interview program HardTalk which generated interest to Malawians and dominated debate on how he handled it.

The Vice-President broke ranks with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on June 6 this year and declared he will challenge President Peter Mutharika in the presidential race in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Chilima—whom President Peter Mutharika picked as running mate in January 2014 where he served as Airtel Malawi managing director—had a visibly rosy relationship with the establishment until his declaration and the President subsequently stripped him of his Cabinet portfolio of Minister Responsible for Disaster Management Affairs and in-charge of National Public Events.

Since his declaration, Chilima has been sidelined from official engagements, including seeing off and welcoming the President, stirring debate among legal scholars on the position and status of the Vice-President.

Section 80 (3) of the Constitution provides that the Vice-President shall be elected concurrently with the President and the name of a candidate for the Vice-President shall appear on the same ballot paper as that of the presidential candidate who nominated him/her.

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Noxy
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His own making.Too much unhelpful proverbs, eee Njoka saweta,Eeee msipu wobiliwila muli nthumbu etc

phwisa
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phwisa

Chilima was on holiday and the trip was not official. Moreover Chilima resigned from DPP led government. He is Vice President of …………ruling government. Kkkkkkkkkkkkk

oMachemba
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oMachemba

Ayambe kuzolowela kuyenda motelo, Chilima wanuyu! … and remove his security detail after next elections baasi; and restore only after he challenges the action in court. Asa.
Akuchepa.

Malawi
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Malawi

Kodi Malawi High Commission ndi ya DPP kapena Ndi Boma?

DPP need Civil Education.

We thank God vice President executed his planned Tasks. He is now safely back in Malawi.

VP using public transport was a good thing. Thats how visionary people learn.

If he said he was going to bring Europe to Malawi i will believe him coz he is hood at seeing and learning.

ndele
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ndele

olo kwini amathaso ikuyenda pa train oloso pa taxi amakafikabe. a mw kutamika kukonda ulemerelo wa pasi pano. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk mwauponda ncifukwa cake munasekedwa ku scotland your jezebel kufunditsidwa umbrella. kkkk an old lady from afilika kotentha kufunda umbrella kozizila. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk savages ma bulutu kupembeza mafano too much and not knowing wat to do on duty. cheap if at all policies za pa ncito.

ndele
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ndele

well nailed MTETE. sanawerenge nkhani kungothamangila kunenapo ndowe. tell them. akati from his pocket nde kuti ndi government. . own sponsored trip. kkkkk a mw. phuma. musiyeni tikuti eehhh.
a ku higher commission khaya mumati!!! nanga amaopa akaceza nao amatoopa kuti ncito itha nanga si a mpando wa DPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! azadabwa akumupanga bwana mawa lino. knowing SKS sazitengera personal- cool guy.
a mw mukufunabe nganga zanu zina zimasokera khomo la ofesi lao lomwe kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk gudo. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kukacita kukumbutsidwa kuti pepani bwana mwasokera.kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
kapumeni wawa. new blood needed in this field to revamp the ROT

SITTING ON A MIRACLE / BREAK THROUGH
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SITTING ON A MIRACLE / BREAK THROUGH

NJALA
NSANJE
NTHENDA
SICHAMUNA !!!

mtete
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mtete

Tell me. Would he have entertained Chakwera or Chihana. Chilima did not go to UK on government business. So what’s the fuss about.

BigMan
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BigMan

He is the vice president you clown! Stop barking.

jackson
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jackson

and when you say this nkani is enough it is to you Bambo dectatorship can never stand here Malawi, ziko sila ma cadet kuti muzingopanga chritise zintu so that the citizen should remain blank in their head

jackson
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jackson

zoti constitution protects the vice president mwaziwa lero mulimmazi kumene mumaona ngati boma muliwina mwopeka

Vyanunkha
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Vyanunkha

Kodi inu ndiaku Chitipa eti?

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