Malawi VP Chilima set to donate salary to charity: Awaits delegated job

State vice-president Saulos Chilima has said he will donate his monthly salary to charityas  he is waiting for delegated job from President Peter Mutharika, following the February 3 2020 Constitutional Court ruling that nullified the May 21 presidential election.

Chilima (r) having a talk with journalist Joab Frank Chakhaza off the record before TV interview

Chilima said this on Tuesday in an exclusive interview with  Zodiak Broadcasting Station’s (ZBS) television.

“I am still waiting for delegation by the President. I am yet to get direction on what I should do, when to return to the office. I am ready to work,” said Chilima.

In the run up to the May 21, 2019 elections, Chilima advocated for the change of the Republican Constitution so that the office of the vice president is not a delegated office.

Asked by the Zodiak maverick TV journalist, Joab Frank Chakhaza,  if he has met the Head of State,  Chilima said he has not spoken with President Mutharika since the Constitutional Court ruling.

“We are still waiting for response on our request through our lawyers,” he said.

Chilima, who is also president of UTM Party formed after he left the governing Democratic Progressive Party in July 2018, filed for contempt of court to have three senior government officials jailed for not adhering to the Constitutional Court judgement that since he remains in his position as VP, he should get his benefits.

The three officials include Chief Secretary in the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) Lloyd Muhara, Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale and Acting Inspector General of the Malawi Police Service (MPS) Duncan Mwapasa.

Asked if he will cliam his salary despite not working, Chilima said that he will get the salary but will donate it to a charity because it is not his fault not to work.

He said when the President decides to give him work, he is set to start work in earnest.

One of the implications of the landmark Constitutional Court ruling is that Everton Chimulirenji, who has served as Vice-President since May last year, relinquishED the position and all its trappings. When asked on the status of handovers, Chilima said there has not been a handover, stressing Chimulirenji “was not supposed to be in the office in the first place.”

Chilima has  since partially reclaimed some of his entitlements, including security detail befitting his office.

Under the Presidents (Salaries and Benefits) Act, the Vice-President, among other benefits, is entitled to one personal bodyguard, one head of security, six security guards, two chauffeurs, two cooks and personal assistants.

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Kamuzu Mbewe
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Kamuzu Mbewe

Without vindicating Peter, I don’t hear Chilima say that he has made futile attempts to meet his boss regarding the role he has to play in Government.

castelo
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castelo

nonse amene muku panga comment here ndizisilu zosapita ku xool mutharika ndi predide t osati mulungu kuti antu azimugwadila chilima ndiwanzelu osati za Mr maliseche zanuzo ayi , ndipo election inubwelayi akuwinaso nde azakumangeni zeni zeni muone mukusewela ndi chilima

nagama
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nagama

achilima zomwe mumachita zija anthu amangokuyang’anani. had it been kuti munangopita ku court kuka ndi kumadikira chigamulo anthu akanazakuvoterani koma khalidwe lomwe mwaonetsa apali ndi achakwera anuwo ndi lachabechabe. mtima wanu tauona kuti ndiwotaira anthu kung’ona basi. anthu amene mumawaberawo alibe nanu mawu.anthu maso awo ndi kwa adad basi amene akuwapatsa ntukula pakhomo. and you should know that anthu amene amavota ochuluka ndi ammidzi. ndiye anthu ammidziwo zochita zanu mwachita pakatipa zaanynsa kwambiri.

Mamunayu
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Mamunayu

APM is a professor of law and he knows what he is doing and your Courts ndi Zazi!!!!! zimenezo

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

If that’s the case, then the old man is in contempt of court ruling and should be held to account (after may of course as he’s now protected)

Che Wanimiliyoni
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Che Wanimiliyoni

Check anywhere in the world where a rebel Veep is assigned duties. Even in heaven Jesus can be thrown down to earth if he ditches the ministry of God the Father. During the last term of Bakili Muluzi rule his Veep, Justine Malewezi faced a similar rejection from UDF and resigned on 1st January 2004, 5 months ahead of contract expirely and promised to do proper handovers to any would be Veep. Why can’t he do the same instead of sitting phwii in office and help the nation to save millions of kwachas being paid to his idle aides and… Read more »

BigMan
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BigMan

APM is too pettty, mpaka refusing to honor court orders because beneficiary is Chilima? A fully grown Law Professor of Laws. Ufiti wantundu wanji umenewu.

Mzgambulo
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Mzgambulo

Atupele met you/chakwera and has assessed and found you lacking. Wakutapani mkamwa pano wayanjana ndi bambo ake a mutharika. Ndinu zitsiru, did you seriously believe that udf boy could join you? Any Malawian dining with you should remember to use a long spoon. Chilima umatha kuukila, you were born idi amin at heart. Mia is reasonable he can give up siinu baba skc kukakamila pano zakutsamwani mupeleke kwa amasiye

Mtete
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Mtete

Zotukwanazi ndiye ayi. Just stick to logical contribution.

The Insurgent
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It has never been his fault. Loser!

Mathematics
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Mathematics

Saulos, we told you that you are Useless.
Waiona NYEKHWE!

Maule
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Maule

Bulutu! What delegated job do you want? Give your money to the ConCourt judges and Speaker of Parliament. They have done what you wanted them to do.

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