Malawi VP Chilima in Nigeria for ICT meeting in electoral process

Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who is also UTM party president, is in Abuja, Nigeria  attending a high level meeting on mitigating disruptive applications of information and communication technology (ICT) in electoral processes.

Chilima (r) is seen here with Nigeria ex-ledaer Obasanjo and Lesotho’s Finance Minister Dr Morketsi Majoro at the Olusegun Obasanjo library in Nigeria during the October meeting

Chilima, who ditched the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and will contest in next year’s presidential race on UTM ticket after getting the party’s convention mandate  on Monday, left the coutry on Tuesday.

Recently, State House said the  Vice-President was expected to notify the President about his travels as required by government protocol.

The Office of the Vice-President (OVP) has said Chilima  has since notified OPC about his trip which is fully funded by the organisers and spent no public funds.

Special Assistant  to the Vice-President on economic affairs Milward Tobias said: “All trip expenses have been met by organisers.”

Tobias said  it is a “private visit.”

The meeting , where delegates are expected to share experiences on use of ICT services during election processes, is chaired by  former Nigerian president  Olesegun Obassanjo.

A report on the strength andc hallenges in the use of ICT and models of successful development of ICT in electoral systems  in Africa for sustenance of democracy  on the continent will be issued after a two-day meeting.

The meeting has attracted delegates who include former Heads of State, John Mahama of Ghana anf Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique.

This is a second time for Obasanjo’s invitation to Chilima following another one  in October this year.

In October, Chilima travelled to the United Kingdom, Nigeria and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which State House said the foreign trips were made  without the knowledge of President Peter Mutharika.

In February 2014, Mutharika picked Chilima as his running mate in February from the private sector where he worked as managing director of Airtel Malawi.

Since he left DPP in June, the President has stripped him of ministerial positions and other functions assigned to his office. 

The functions of the Office of the Vice-President in the country are predominantly delegated by the President.

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Tizanka
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Tizanka

So he goes to represent the same government he does not have confidence in? This is ironic. This just thinks for himself more than anything else. Such a power hungry brute

Kaka
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Kaka

Even Joice banda ever visited Nigeria. And she failed. Nigeria, kuli ma satanic. Osapanga zija anapanga anzanu aja kuti alowe chokolo ufumu waku malawi. Iweyo ndi mlongo wanuyo. Sizitheka

Junta obasanjo
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Who can fear a person who will never win an election? You think being groomed by obasanjo can make Chilima win many hearts? Only fools can be fooled. This obasanjo is still active in politics after he served many terms and was part of a junta formed in 1970s. I will vote for the performer not candidate surrounded by murderers and cashgaters because he is a friend to obasanjo zero. He says APM is old and yet he is befriending a much older guy, is there any logic here? Even if he gets invited to feast with Trump or Obama… Read more »

Mafana
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Mafana

That’s true, @Junta obasanjo! We want great people to lead this nation, not thieves who steal K145million …………….. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Ntengo wa Kesia
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Ntengo wa Kesia

Chonde Mr Obasanjo: spare our young man the BOTTLE. He has a serious drinking problem; and he has a craving for the bottle, especially the Cointreau!!! Nobody travelling with him to reprimand him, or pull his arm away when he reaches for the bottle. And, oh … could you also please help him perhaps get into treatment there, where he would have all the privacy he needs? Malawi is so small that every one knows, sooner than later, what everyone else is up to. Evidently, his speech is slurred at his public gatherings, and his messages are not delivered in… Read more »

Mafana
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Mafana

A Ntengo wa Kesia nanunso! Teroku mukamba zimenezo with a straight face or with a twinkle in your eye? Who needs lessons in public speaking? SKC or APM? Even a nursery school kid would answer this question correctly without hesitation.

Zazu
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Zazu

Hahaha,dpp ili mmadzi

Namaseko
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Namaseko

Very proud of you , Go and get empowererd others are wondering how they can steal from poor Malawians,

Namaseko
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Namaseko

Great! SKC! Love him or hate him this guy is a hard worker wow!

Kibaki
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Kibaki

Nanji Nigeria eeeeeish!!!!! chenjera Malawi

Maliseche
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Maliseche

Mukumva Pheniiiii because you were not invited to the meeting?????

frances
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frances

akukwaneni kumene amenemukufuna kupikisana naye koma kwa ife amalawi ndi zabwino to stop kubela mavoti so its a good development osati kuti lemba nchito nkuvota mukuziwa kuti mubela, nde ngakale sazisanzika akuchita bwino kwambiri ndipo akukwaneni amene mukufuna kupikisana naye

france
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france

akukwaneni kumene amenemukufuna kupikisana naye koma kwa ife amalawi ndi zabwino to stop kubela mavoti so its a good development osati kuti lemba nchito nkuvota mukuziwa kuti mubela, nde ngakale sazisanzika akuchita bwino kwambiri ndipo akukwaneni amene mukufuna kupikisana naye

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