Mutharika hits at Chilima on Bloomberg: ‘Massive corruption thing has become more of a cliché’

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has  defended his record in tackling corruption fending off accusations from Vice-President Saulos Chilima that his administration is  riddled with corruption, nepotism and cronyism.

Mutharika speaks to Bloomberg during an interview at the presidential palace in Lilongwe, Malawi, on Monday, June 25, 2018

Chilima quit the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on June 6, alleging that “nepotism, cronyism and corruption are rampant” in one of the world’s poorest nations, and that only those with political connections are benefiting.

But in an interview with Bloomberg News, President Mutharika, is quoted saying that the issue of graft is being used to score political points ahead of next year’s elections.

Mutharika wondered why Chilima is faulting the government he has served for four years , this time around.

“That’s something that people ought to ask him, that after four years in the government, why are you only seeing corruption now? He needs to say where it is,” said Mutharika as quoted by Bloomberg News.

Mutharika said he had made it clear that graft isn’t acceptable.

He said he’d fired a senior cabinet minister [Goerge Chaponda]  who was implicated in wrongdoing, refused to shield senior several government and party officials from investigations and backed greater independence for the Anti-Corruption Bureau.

“We are fighting corruption,” he said. “The massive corruption thing has become more of a cliché, it’s political now. It’s a collective effort. If we all work together we can stop this scourge, but not one person.”

Bloomberg reported that Chilima —who remains Vice-President until the end of his term next May— declined a request for an interview.

But the former chief executive officer of mobile-network operator Airtel Malawi , who is reportedly going to bid for the presidential job, has been consistent in his blistering attack on the plunder of the country’s wealth but has not mentioned names of those responsible for the wrongdoing.

Chilima, however, called for an amendment of a constitutional provision that shield a sitting President from criminal prosecution.

Chiradzulu North member of Parliament (MP) Willet Kalonga (a member of the so-called Chilima Movement) had given a notice to table a Private Member’s Motion to amend Section 91(2) of the Constitution to remove the provision that gives a sitting President immunity.

But on a day designated for Private Member’s Motion, Thursday, the legislator failed to turn up in the House to move his motion.

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psyuta
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psyuta

Politician wothawa interview ali Ngati munthu wothawa mankhwala ku chipatala .

Nalingula
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Nalingula

Wherever the VP is he must be laughing his lungs and thinking the next mwambi will be Dikira madzi apite ndiye uziti ndadala or Kunena kwa ndithendithe nanthambwe anazitengera kkkkk.

Sandalamu
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Sandalamu

If Chilima is a man with a just cause he should resign entirely from Government.m and label it corrupt. That’s it. You don’t slaughter the horse you are riding on. Chilima is too much a coward who cannot lead from frontline. He wants others to burn their fingers for him!!!!! After all how could learned young man end up in DPP on 2013 the time we all wanted change. He betrayed the entire nation. He is a betrayer. He should never be trusted as a leader! No ways!!!

Nkhata-Bay
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Nkhata-Bay

Does it take the VP to prove corruption in Malawi Bwana Alamu Pumani Mwakula?

Ndatops
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Ndatops

What do you have to say about Mk145m ????

Kunyenyana
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Kunyenyana

Mr President that is cheap talk!!! Now how do you explain you being implicated in the Zameer Karin saga?? Akuti you pocketed Mk145m ?

LEGO
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All politicians are liars and they will never accept the truth even if they kill someone

Ndangodutsamo
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APM pocked 145 million kwacha, ACB Malawi revealed. Pano ACB wants to punish those who leaked the corruption charges to the public. Amafuna ife tisadziwe, there is no secret under the sun. ACB director protecting Mbava. Thanks for those who leaked this information because ife sitikanadziwa, this file could have gone missing. God bless you wherever you are. 145 million kwacha APM kutibera ife a Malawi Osauka. ACB yaulula. Organisation yoyiberayo police. Apolisi akukanika kumangira nyumba ma officers – mpakana kumagona muzigwagwa ku Mzuzu. How can he fight corruption when he is corrupt big himself First bought MHC house corruptly… Read more »

EUROPEANS
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EUROPEANS

Mr President, you’re the head of all corrupt activities going on in your government and so how do you expect to fight it. Magufuli in TZ has done it alone. Why not ask Magufuli how he’s doin it and learn from that. Ghana is now one of the African countries performing well in fight against corruption – dropped from 70 to 81 in the 2017 corruption perception index put together by Transparency International. Mr President, what you have done in the past 4 years does not reflect someone who has lived abroad and experienced development activities in western countries. This… Read more »

kwalira mkango kuli nyama
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4real big man..salute Yo!

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