Malawi VP Chilima rebukes President Mutharika: ‘Tell your boys to stop terror…we can retaliate but we love peace’

Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima has rebuked President Peter Mutharika for failing to take action on political violence asking him to be a Head of State for all not a few of his cronies.

Vice President and UTM Party presidential candidate Saulos Chilima flanked by UTM officials Lucius Banda and Patricia Kaliati at the news conference
UTM members at the news conference by Chilima

Addressing a highly anticipated news conference in Lilongwe  on Wednesday, Chilima , who is also UTM Party torchbearer for the May 21 Tripartite election, said Mutharika should ‘discipline his boys’ in the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and rise above party politics.

“I wish to remind Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika that Malawi belongs to all of us. Not to the few around you. You are the President of all people not of the few henchmen around you,” said Chilima.

“Mr. President, the police in Malawi is there to protect innocent people and not to protect criminals!”

“You cannot, Mr. President, allow your few supporters to break the law with arrogance, impunity and then shamelessly stand on a podium to preach peace. This hypocrisy must stop. You cannot stand on podium and advocate peaceful elections and at the same time close your eyes to the realities of the ugliness of uncivility of violence from your camp,” said Chilima.

“Our message to you today is this simple:We have had enough of rhetoric from political podiums. We want action from you and we call for an end to political violence once and for all. You have no excuse. Arise and act,” said a confident Chilima.

He also had a message for the perpetrators of violence.

“To all the perpetrators of violence, let me warn you, May is not too far. Your godfathers will soon be out of power. They will be either on the streets with you or in jail. There will be no one, absolutely no one, to protect you. And we shall come on you hard,” said Chilima.

He said many of his supporters have asked him to retaliate but he has stopped them since UTM is a peaceful party.

“In fact, if we were to let our followers retaliate, of which they have been asking me to, you would be completely and thoroughly outnumbered. We know you and we can come after you. We can defend ourselves. But we are a peaceful party and a peaceful people and that is why we leave it to the law enforcement agencies to properly investigate these cases and prosecute the offenders,” said Chilima.

Chilima’s statement comes a day after scores of women from diverse backgrounds, including civil society organisations (CSOs) and politics, staged a peaceful march on Tuesday to denounce political violence against women.

The petition contained specific demands to duty-bearers, including President Peter Mutharika, Inspector General of Police Rodney Jose and Minister of Gender, Children and Disability and Social Welfare Cecilia Chazama.

In the petition, the women argue that the cases of violence, especially against women, undermines the President’s status as a HeForShe champion, saying: “Having sworn to protect and uphold the Constitution, Mr President we want your visible, tangible action and protection of women in politics.”

Mutharika last week condemned the cases of violence, but fell short of condemning suspected DPP youth cadets accused of perpetrating the violence on members of opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party.

In the past two weeks, the country registered a number of political violence cases, including the assault of Mulanje South legislator and UTM director of youth Bon Kalindo, attack on UTM members including Veronica Katanga who was ordered to take off her party regalia, assault of MCP supporter Edward Govati in Blantyre and the torching of MCP flags in Mangochi.

Malawi  will holt watershed polls on  May 21. The country has held competitive elections since 1993, when the repressive one-party regime of Hastings Kamuzu Banda, who ruled for three decades after independence, ended.

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Chisale
Chisale
2 years ago

Well said Mr Vice President. Your speech is In total agreement with what Chakwera has been saying. Thanks. Hope DPP leaders and everyone out there will resort to change…

Sure
Sure
2 years ago
Reply to  Chisale

Well said, this true UDF MCP or UTM akhoza kubwezera koma we like peace.. EVEN THE MIGHTY MCP is the leader can say bwezerani mmawa cadet yonse itha kutha be careful and love your neighbors we are one people

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
2 years ago
Reply to  Sure

Yang’i payaniya house idakalamba iweeeee.

winston msowoya
winston msowoya
2 years ago

SOSOSO,Be informed that i can not take something lightly from a satanic MUSLIM.As Iam writing this piece,Europe is burning with Islamic brutal violence against the very same people who have well comed them in their countries,you guile.Islamic world has failed to economically and politically keep their own people hence,there are millions of Arab muslims in the Western World taken care of,by CHRISTIANS.Soso,what you are writing,it seems to me you are not a real Malawian of diligence and patriotic zeal.Go back to school and learn more.Right now you are un-educated rogue that I can not spend my valiable time on you… Read more »

duniya wandu
duniya wandu
2 years ago

you are very very stupid!!! do not talk about islam here ok ! this a polical forum.

Goxa
2 years ago

Choose right words to speak to elites!We are not children

Apumbwa
Apumbwa
2 years ago

We got to give it to him……..he knows how to get people’s attention and direct the conversation on him/UTM,……bravo!

Chaka Chake
Chaka Chake
2 years ago

Love him or hate him……..this guy is a genius he knows how to captivate people’s attention. Just from the comments alone it shows how he masterly was able to do that……..way to go SKC!!!!!……. The suspense you left very body in was palpable, you brought the country to a standstill,……you are the man!!!

wandu kogoya
wandu kogoya
2 years ago
Reply to  Chaka Chake

Join the discussion…

Favour of Yahweh
2 years ago

Kikikiki. Zovu zedi, anthu Ali kuti uku? One thing Chilima should know is that he is also one of the boys for the president. The difference is that I’ve ndi mwanza wamwano . Mthuzu unakula mwa iyeyi. Mwambi walero ndi uja wa Finye ndi Nkhuku. “ Wakufa sadziwika, nkhondo ili mkati.”

Joni
Joni
2 years ago

So many vacant seats. Chilima kutha ma plan.

Wakukaya mwenecho
Wakukaya mwenecho
2 years ago

Mmmmm too pompous and stupid

winston msowoya
winston msowoya
2 years ago

On behalf of thousands of Malawians in diaspora I vehemently uphold the brilliant speech made by the real Malawian leader S.Chilima in the wake of brutal terrorism meted out to the innocent people of our country who brought up democratic freedom in this country while the bloody muchona was nowhere to be found or seen.What is going on in Malawi one wonders whether the guy in power is educated or is another Idd Amin Dada of Uganda who never went to school in his life.Muthalika,what is in your head because the very same people you are brutalising are the one… Read more »

Sososo
Sososo
2 years ago

You Winston sometimes you should learn to conceal your ignorance. Was there anything new that Arafat Hamdan said?

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
2 years ago

I see many vacant seats. Was it poory attended?

CitizenX
CitizenX
2 years ago

please dont ask stupid questions here at that time where do you think most people were?????????

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
2 years ago

kkkkkkkk dude this group is not as popular as it claims, yeah maybe on social media with people like idiot winston msowoya who is far, no chance for him to vote. But on the ground, it is a different story.

Tizanka
Tizanka
2 years ago

Who is stopping you from retaliating. Empty threats as dog whistles to your supporters to retaliate? Act don’t run your mouth youngin. You know where to find us, we can easily exchange hands not mouths. What a wimp

CitizenX
CitizenX
2 years ago
Reply to  Tizanka

so that is what you want??? we fight like dogs?? unfortunately for you my brother our bullet is our vote, lets talk about 21 may k. MBUZI

CitizenX
CitizenX
2 years ago
Reply to  CitizenX

if you have balls and you think you will not be arrested just go beat up some one mawa lets see i dare you, otherwise just shut your mouth here MBUZI k

BigMan
BigMan
2 years ago
Reply to  Tizanka

Another silly cadet with internet access! Shame

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