Malawi VP Chilima dared to substantiate corruption claims

President Peter Mutharika has challenged his second in command, Vice-President Saulos Chilima, to substantiate his claims that he opted to leave governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)due to corruption  among other governance concerns.

Kalilani: President’s expectations is that Chilima would name the suspected corrupt

“Despite all the sacrifices that our forefathers made, our nation remains one of the poorest. Nepotism, cronyism and corruption are rampant and only those connected continue to benefit,” Chilima said at a news conference in Lilongwe.

“We must give this country a new lease of life. We must clean this country. We must drain the swamp.”

But according  to presidential spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani, Chilima should back his corrupt accusations by naming and shaming those responsible.

Kalilani said Mutharika learnt with shock and disbelief the accusations Chilima raised, saying, especially for a fact that as a man who is second in command should have reported  the suspected corrupt officials to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

“The President is equally concerned that the number two powerful person in Malawi, still serving in the same administration, would simply stop at making such wild corruption claims. The President’s expectation was that he would report such people to ACB and provide them with information.

“The President also expected that he would tell Malawians who these corrupt officials are,” Kalilani said in quotes reported in the press.

Chilima,  who declined to rule out a presidential run in 2019’s polls, told reporters that President Mutharika himself admitted, not only once, that there is corruption. He also said that the media has widely reported about corruption in Malawi.

Governance activists have said the war on corruption should not be selective, saying those suspected of wring-doing should face the law beginning from the top to the bottom, the mighty or the least, those who have and those who have not.

All those mentioned as kingpins of corruption must be investigated and prosecuted when facts are proven, they said, urging public officials linked with corruption to resign immediately.

Mutharika promised there would be no sacred cows in the war against graft.

 

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McDonald
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McDonald

Just wait for October and see how many people will come up with evidence on corruption against your DDP and the Lomwe Empire. Of course the VP made a mistake by keep quiet for a long time without disassociating himself from the party that embraces nepotism, corruption, regionalism and tribalism. Remember, this Chilima knows all your weaknesses because he was part of you and it is very unfortunate for DDP to think that this guy will remain silent. Just wait for the campaign period.

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Sure

Sikusinja
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Sikusinja

Because of corruption in Govt the VP can’t resign as VP because him and his benefactors need to loot before next elections. Why do u think the whole VP attends church functions every weekend if its not for allowances and stealing fuel monies etc. Corruption isn’t just maize gate and cash gate activities. Attending functions that do not bring value to the nation or uplift the nation and claiming fst allowances is also corruption just in a smart way.

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kkkkkkk attending church functions its not stealing brother,he is entitled for allowances.And if you know nothing you better shut up your probosis.

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Malawians

Kalilani, if you have nothing better to defend just keep Quiet. Are u out of your mind? The truth hurts. The Head is the Genesis of corruption. It’s only in Africa where people become Millionaires when they are in Power. Before VP explains can you ask the President to elaborate about the 2.5 billion tender? The Chaponda scandal G Gondwe budget Tractors Housing houses Generators Ndata Dr Phiri wealth And his inner circle who have turned Millionaires overnight. You must be the dumbest of all to deny this. The AcB is underfunded because of corruption . The President has too… Read more »

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vuto la a malawi, bad roads yet there were inspectors before approving that the road is worth using. is the president responsible for inspections? its you and me in our positions who are corrupt and at the end of the day we blame the government. we should wake up malawians it begins with us to have integrity. vuto we clap hands for those doing it and when we are not a beneficially we voice out. we should change our mindset as malawians

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Where are the inspectors coming from,its not the same who are part of the Government?

Maunits
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Maunits

Ben Phiri, Goodal Gondwe, Kondwani Nakhumwa, Bright Msaka, Geordge Chaponda are among those thieves plus Igwe himself

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winston msowoya

Peter,the acceptance of tribalism and nepotism is already a conviction and the misuse of power.And why not accepting CORRUPTION the destructive element of all crimes which brings down governments economically all over the world.Yes indeed,tribalism and nepotism are dangerous elements in the government these can also bring down the institutions of the people and create pandemonium in the country.On the whole Mr.President,all these three evil matters,are dangerous to any establishment in any nation.As a lawyer yourself,how would you sit and watch your friends plundering the wealth of the poor nation and how would people think of giving you another votes… Read more »

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Angela masuku

Malawi is fantastically corrupt, we used to get up to 35 days allowance doing our normal job , pretending we are in mangochi on a workshop. Here in USA nonone gets any extra for doing his job, from the resident to a cleaner, people do not leave their offices to go to resorts to get allowances for doing their daily job. Your house girl would not be sent to mangochi for the weekend to wash the house’s clothes and return on Monday on night allowance, hotel , transoort and food

Chriss Phiri
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Chriss Phiri

Kalilani is communicating nothing other that telling MAlawian the panic in the DPP cabin

BANDA
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BANDA

Chilima is an opportunist and he is yet to learn the price one sometimes has to pay for opportunism

Yosefe Mateyu
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Yosefe Mateyu

The president has condemned corrupt practices several times. Read the story and listen to the speech by vp again.

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I totally agree with Peter that if indeed Chilima is aware of corruption amongst the DPP ranks then he is obliged by law to report such crime to the authorities. He can’t be seen to harbour criminals otherwise he’s complicit and therefore should be charged under the laws of Malawi. Have g said that, it is a known fact that the DPP-led government is corrupt to the core and this ain’t a secret. D0nors and other global organisations have picked this up from years back and it’s becoming so sickening even to the general publ8c as the effect so it… Read more »

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