Malawi CSOs insist on Chilima’s resignation over insubordination admission to BBC Hard Talk

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Some of the country’s Civil Society Organisation under the banner Joint Civil Society Platform on Governance (JCSPG) once again on Saturday insisted on calls for Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima over insubordination, double standards.

The fresh calls comes a day after Chilima, who is in the United Kingdom (UK) on private tour, says he will not resign from his post as the country’s second-in command.

The UTM leader rubbished the joint Civil Society Platform on Governance, which on Thursday October 18 called for the resignation of Chilima, accusing him of drawing a salary and benefits from government without doing work.
Chilima said on Thursday evening that he will not bow down to calls from some sectors of the society for him to quit his position as elected vice president.

But the grouping has argued again that Chilima could not keep on drawing benefits from the same government which he says is corrupt.

The platform alleges that the VP is giving the wrong impression of principles of good governance in the country.

The grouping has therefore vowed spearheading campaign of making sure that he quit from government.

Below is the JCSPG full statement signed by its leader Peter Mumba;

BY HIS OWN ADMISSION, VICE PRESIDENT DR. SAULOS KLAUS CHILIMA MUST INDEED RESIGN

Having been vindicated by Vice President Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima’s own admission during the interviews he had with BBC Hard Talk, we are more than convinced that indeed he must resign from the office. From the interview that the Vice President Chilima has justified our claims and the reasons why he must resign from office.

Chilima made admission in line with ten reasons we indicated as to why he must resign. Chilima admitted that since June he has not been reporting nor meeting the President and Government officials but continues to draw salary. This is unacceptable and robbing Malawians of their hard earned taxes. By virtue that Chilima continues to draw salary and benefits from the Government is in itself corruption.

The indifference that Chilima had towards corruption and corrupt people confirms that his interest is not to fight corruption but to support and protect friends and colleagues who are corrupt. That is why he had no reason to worry when he can tell the entire world that working with a convict is not a problem as the person still has their brains.

Further, by his own admission, Chilima has no right answer why he is sticking around with the very same Government that he accuses to be corrupt. Chilima uses the mandate that was given to him with President Mutharika as a blank Cheque and not to be questioned. Simply put, by his own admission and the BBC questioning, it vindicates our earlier stances that Chilima lack both principles and moral justification to hold on the office of the Vice President when he voluntarily resigned from the ruling party. His continued stay smacks of lack of integrity.

By his own admission, we are vindicated that Chilima abuses state resources for his own benefits as instead of working for the Government, he is busy promoting personal political ambitions.
Our Conviction.

We are more than convinced and beyond reasonable doubt that holding on to the Office of the Vice President by Chilima is not a matter of principle nor a matter of constitution but rather for personal gratification. We strongly believe that Chilima is well aware that his Political ambitions plus the way forward of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) is at stake and cannot be realized if he quits being the Vice President.

We are more than convinced that the other reason that Chilima doesn’t want to leave the Office of the Vice President are the benefits that comes with the office and not anything to help Malawians. Chilima cannot forgo the benefits of the office, the free accommodation, free utilities, free security, free health bills, free entertainment. All the reasons are personal and nothing to do with Malawians and citizens.
Issues of the Constitution.

Vice President Chilima want to convince the world that his clinging on to the office is a matter of the constitution. We would like to remind him, that the constitution is supposed the serve the people of Malawi and by him resigning is not breaking any laws of Malawi but rather enforcing his integrity.

In the same spirit, what Chilima is not telling the world is that our constitution recognizes a political Government. The spirit of the Constitution was that at any given time, the President and the Vice would come from the same political party. That is the more reason why the position of the Second Vice President was deliberately left to another political party but not the same that the President and the Vice come from. To this effect, he continues to exploit the loopholes in the constitution but we believe just as was the case with bouncing back to power case after resting, we might need to have the judicial review to determine the spirit of the constitution as regards the political structure of the President, the Vice and the Second Vice President.

Our Continued Calls.

We still demand the resignation of the Vice President of the Republic of Malawi for his own admission and the 10 reasons that we highlighted. Chilima as a person who tout himself to be transformative, needs to rise above average politicians and act with principle, integrity and sound moral judgement. By Chilima clinging on to the office that he is well aware is not working, is tantamount to theft, and giving Malawians a raw deal.

We will continuously remind Chilima on the need for his resignation and we will use any means necessary within the framework of the law to force the resignation. The so called ‘garbage’ that Chilima referred to our calls will continue spilling out and the voices will only grow louder. However, should he resigns, Chilima will demonstrate the highest level of integrity and indeed earn the respect of the world than the case where some quarters have started referring to him as a ‘CHARLATAN’.

10 Reasons Why Chilima Must Resign

As a reminder these are the ten reasons why he must resign:
1. Drawing Salary and benefits from Government without doing any work – This is tantamount to theft
2. By his own admission, he is not fighting corruption but supporting it – Chilima went on record on ZBS TV that the UTM is getting funding from the people within DPP whom he accuses to be corrupt.
3. Abusing the courts to justify illegalities – Chilima uses over 50 police officers against 6 authorized by law but cannot accept to follow what is prescribed in the law but chooses to abuse the court through orders to maintain the illegal officers at his residences and offices.
4. No respect for the laws of Malawi – By involving himself in electioneering with a group that is illegal in Malawi, Chilima has expressed disregard of the laws of Malawi
5. Acting with Impunity – Chilima continues to hold meetings both local and abroad which undermines a democratically elected Government, which is tantamount to anarchy and lawlessness
6. Lacks Integrity and moral justification – By continuing to be the country’s vice President against all the issues that Chilima talks bad about the same government, he is demonstrating highest level of lack of integrity and moral justification
7. Brave Leaders with integrity do not hide behind the ambiguity of the law – Chilima continued use of the loopholes in the law that he cannot be fired and holding on to the office of the vice President continue to portray him as a greedy politician who wants to hoodwink the country to believe he is a different caliber of politician
8. Abusing state resources for personal gains – since breaking ranks with the DPP and launching the UTM, Chilima has been crisscrossing the country on tax payers money for personal gain not in the interest of Malawians
9. Chilima needs to be held accountable – the remarks that Chilima has made as regards to elections rigging and eavesdropping machine by the Government are very dangerous coming from the Vice President of the country. That Chilima doesn’t want to provide evidence on the same puts to question his character as a leader and hence the need for him to resign
10. More tax payers money will be wasted – This country needs a functioning Vice President. With Chilima’s self-imposed absence from the Government, President Mutharika might be forced to appoint a second vice President. This is a drain on the resources and tax payers as they have to pay for two vice presidents with one not functioning.

 

If indeed Chilima stands on reforms was that people must be paid for their work and performance, he can do this country good by resigning and concentrate on his political ambitions
Signed by PETER MUMBA,  CHAIRPERSON – JCSPG

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Zomba man jailed 12 years for wife hacking

The Mulunguzi Magistrates’ Court in Zomba has sentenced Ricks Kameza to 12 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for hacking wife Brenda Kapyola with a panga due to jealousy.
Immediately after leaving the dock of suspects, Kameza broke into tears.
Dressed in a multicoloured jersey and cream pair of trousers, Kameza looked broken and remorseful throughout the court session.
According to The Daily Times, the convict appeared unready to face anyone as he made eye contact with no one but the walls separating the suspect station (dock) from the clerk’s table.
The well-ventilated courtroom wooden seats, except a few, were filled up with curious people who seemed to have many questions for Kameza, continuously looking at him.
When Senior Resident Magistrate Joshua Nkhono presented the details of the case prior to sentencing, Kapyola and his family looked restless.
Dressed in a yellow dress and brown wrapper on top of it, Kapyola took a gimpse of her former husband as Nkhono sentenced him to 12 years IHL.
Nkhono said Kameza caused permanent trauma to his former wife.
“The woman has lost her natural beauty. What happened to her is likely to haunt her for the rest of her life as she has scars on her body. There is no justification for a man to do such things to his wife,” he said.
Nkhono said such barbaric acts should be condemned in strongest terms.
“The victim’s rights were violated…It is disheartening to note that domestic violence cases are still in this era, when government is busy civic educating [people] on the same issues.
“The convict told this court that he wounded his wife because he was provoked. No level of provocation warrants anyone to treat one as a wild animal. Worse still, these acts were premeditated,” he said.
Nkhono did not hide his feelings that Kapyola survived only by God’s grace, adding “she is a lucky woman”.
After the court session, Kapyola said: “I’m satisfied with this judgement. It’s been fair… I believe in being independent. Once I recover fully, I will search for another job in order to support my daughter”.
Kameza hacked Kapyola last month on suspicion that she had an extra marital affair. They have a four-year-old daughter.

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Chilima says he won’t resign as Malawi VP

Malawi Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who is in the United Kingdom (UK) on private tour, says he will not resign from his post as the country’s second-in command.
His comments rubbishes the joint Civil Society Platform on Governance, which on Thursday October 18 called for the resignation of Chilima, accusing him of drawing a salary and benefits from government without doing work.
Chilima said on Thursday evening that he will not bow down to calls from some sectors of the society for him to quit his position as elected vice president.
The Vice President, who is also an interim leader of United Transformation Movement (UTM), said: “I will not resign because some people are holding press conferences. Let them hold the press conferences as that is their right to do so. They have the freedom to think or say any garbage but one thing is certain. I will not resign.”
Chilima made the remarks at Hilton Hotel in Northampton when he attended a dinner hosted in his honour by Diaspora Malawians.
“This is not about Saulos Chilima, this is a movement to make Malawi a better for all. Malawi needs all of us to change and the time is now.
“Asking me to resign will not stop the movement because I am not the movement. The movement is for the people. I am but just one of the people who believe in the cause for a better Malawi,” said Chilima.

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Zachilomwe Transport owner Chatama arrested for MK1 billion theft

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Zachilomwe  transport  owner Rodney  Chatama was this week arrested by Blantyre police for siphoning  money from Bakhresa  Grain  and Milling Company since 2012.
According to the police investigations, for the period of over  six year the transporter  has managed to pull over MK1 billion  but the current investigation results  is at MK4.8 billion that the company  has lost over the years.
The police are still  investigating  to find out who else  has been part of the racket and how much had been swindled  once complete  Chatama will be taken to court.
So far it has been revealed  that Chatama  used to collect 70 million mk  worthy  of cheques  every week from Bakhresa  for transport services  that were  not rendered .
So how was the fraud designed?
Chatama together  with  Bakhresa  employees in accounts  and other departments submitting and processing  false  documentation.
For instance,  he could  indicate that 20 trucks  have moved  and delivered  wheat from port of  Nacala mozambique to Bakhresa  factory in Limbe Malawi  yet in real sense  he could only move 5 truck or so and times not even a single  delivery . This ended up raising  the invoice  and  getting paid  for the job not done.
This has been happening on a weekly basis for 6 years  no wonder  Chatama  was living in another world buying and driving  expensive new models of vehicles.
He recently bought cash Toyota  VX 8 estimated  at over  MK150 million.
His house in Naperi  raises eyebrows  too. Even his path to wealth  happened so quick  all these are just of the  few  questionable  things that points to possible mass and  quick accumulation  of wealth  through  theft.

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Uncivilized football? Juju at Kamuzu stadium a head of Carlsberg cup final

By Gracian Tiuze Lungu

Reports indicate that there was a running battle in the dawn of today at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre between ground security crew and some unknown people believed to be supporters of one of the teams which are playing in this year’s Carlsberg final.
According to a clip going rounds on social media, It is believed that a group of people close to one hundred came at this stadium with different items including charms which are believed to be Juju which were expected to be planted on this ground ahead of the final scheduled this afternoon.
The security gurus managed to scare away the said group which left their things that include charms and hammers when they were chased away and some were wounded in process.
Speaking on one of the WhatsApp forums, ‘Pa Stand’, some soccer analysts have described this on going trend of Juju in Malawi football as primitive and uncalled for saying this degrades the value of our football.
Issues of Juju in Malawi football are not new and in most of the games played almost in all cups and league  are marred with these Juju cases but by this far, no team has been punished by either Football Association of Malawi (FAM) or Super League of Malawi, a body that runs the elite league.
Be Forward Wanderers from Blantyre and Masters Security from Malawi Capital city, Lilongwe, are the teams playing in this year’s Carlsberg cup final and coincidentally, these two teams played in in the on going CAF competitions and they were all booted out in the preliminary stages.

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Businessman Zameer Karim corruptly gives Malawi President Mutharika MK85 million vehicles

 

As the dust refuses to settle on theMK145 million which businessman Zameer Karim deposited into a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) account whose  sole signatory is President Peter Mutharika.

The Weekend Nation has exclusively  revealed that the same businessman bought five brand new vehicles worth K85 million and registered  them in Mutharika’s name.

Karim of Pioneer Investments Limited is being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for defrauding government in a MK2.7 billion  food rations deal at Malawi Police Service and depositing the proceeds in the DPP account in August 2016.

The publication however reveals that in July 2017, Karim bought five Nissan NP 300 pick-ups from Nissan Malawi at a cost of MK17 million each, translating to K85 million, and gave them to the President.

Documents in our possession show that Tax Invoice number 20302982 from Nissan Malawi dated 31st July 2017 to Zameer Karim of P.O Box 567 Blantyre gives details of a white Nissan NP 300 vehicle, chassis number ADNAPGD22Z0097058 at the total cost of K17,000,000.

Payment was made into account number 1001359416 held in the name of Imperial Motors Limited at Victoria Avenue of the National Bank of Malawi.

This vehicle was registered at the Road Traffic Directorate Blantyre Makata office by Zameer Karim on 7th August 2017 under registration number TO 8288  under receipt number GIN1721912143213.

A further dig into documents of ownership at the Road Traffic Directorate  is showing that the same vehicle TO 8288 is now owned by Arthur Mutharika  whose registration number at Road Traffic Directorate is 20160104026588 and  date of birth is 18th July 1940 and his proxy is one Dabble Disi whose  Registration number at the Road Traffic Directorate is 20150704157551 and
date of birth is 11th February 1981.

Our documents also show that the five vehicles were delivered to Zameer Karim on 31st July 2017 under order number 318712 and were fully paid for  by Karim.

When news of the MK145 million surfaced, the DPP, which earlier denied the existence of the said account, argued that Mutharika never personally  benefited from the transaction and the party was not aware of the source of  the funds at the time.

Both government spokesperson Nicolas Dausi and Mutharika’s press secretary Mgeme Kalirani are yet to respond on the vehicle scam

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Indian man buries himself alive to resurrect as Jesus Christ three days later

An Indian man identified as Deeraj Kharol, who buried himself alive to become God, was rescued by the police after spending 8 hours in the grave.
The Indian man who was rushed to a health center, had been living in a temple in Karocho ka Kheda village, Rajasthan, for a few years and according to odditycentral.com, the man announced that he planned to bury himself alive as part of a bizarre ritual to attain ‘samadhi’ (salvation) and be resurrected as a God three days later.
However after the Indian man who helped in digging a pit for him near the temple where he stayed, was buried the police got wind of the ritual.
Police officers were deployed to the scene, after people from other villages and hamlets gathered to witness the ritual burial and covered the pit with stone slabs and mud, and started worshiping at the spot.
The villagers who were at the burial spot, reportedly stopped officer Mansingh Dev and his colleagues who arrived at the pit at around 2 am on Thursday from rescuing Deeraj Kharol, according to them, they were there to distract the ritual.
The policemen were however able to convince the village elders, that Deeraj Kharol would die out of suffocation if he wasn’t rescued on time. He was reportedly brought out almost unconscious, and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
At the hospital, Deeraj Kharol who told the police officers that the burial ritual was an instruction by the “supreme power”, said  it was his own wish to perform ‘samadhi’, claiming he wanted to attain salvation.
The Indian man who told authorities to leave the villagers alone and hold him responsible for the incident, has been charged with the villagers who assisted him to bury himself alive.

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Malawi courts orders fresh convention Aford to hold fresh convention

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The embattled Alliance for Democracy (Aford) president Enock Chihana has indicated that the party’s National Executive Committee will in the coming weeks to organise the holding of a fresh convention as ordered by the High Court.

High Court Judge Charles Mkandawire on Friday made the ruling in a case where Frank Mwenifumbo sought the court to legitimise his camp.
The two camps held parallel conventions in May, where the presidents of the party were separately elected
The judge in his determination on Friday called for a fresh convention.
Chihana said he welcomed the court verdict.
“This is a welcome development because we did not have legitimate delegates. The mandate of some of the delegates that voted expired some five years ago and now I can say I have been vindicated. The problem we have is that we now have people who only want to hijack the party,” claims Rumphi Central legislator.
But Mwenifumbo said he did not expect the judgement the way it has been delivered.
The Karonga Central parliamentarian said he is re-examining the judgment.
In a one-hour ruling, the judge advised political parties in the country to find political solutions to their differences, instead of dragging each other to courts.
The court’s only mandate is to interpret the law, pointed out Judge Mkandawire, adding that political solutions can only be found within politicians themselves.:

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Mulli claims MK270 billion; Isn’t it public day robbery?

Attorney General (AG), Charles Mhango, is defending the government against K270 billion compensation claim by six companies linked to businessperson Leston Mulli.
The companies are seeking MK270 billion as compensation for damages for loss of business.
The Companies include Zao Marketing Agencies, Mulli Brothers Limited, Sunrise Pharmaceuticals Limited, Celcom Limited, National Bus Company Limited and Chombe Foods Limited.
In a statement of defence filed at the High Court in Blantyre, Mhango denies that the claimants suffered any loss.
“In the alternative and without prejudice to the foregoing statement of defence, the defendant denies that the claimants suffered the alleged loss of business in the total sum of MK270,448,222,520.00 as damages for public misfeasance or at all and the defendant puts the claimant to strict proof of the alleged loss,” reads the document.
“In the further alternative and without prejudice to the foregoing statement of defence, the defendant denies that the letter dated 5th September 2012 affected the claimants’ dealings with third parties like banks and or the claimants’ employees as the letter of 5th September 2012 was not issued to any third parties and the claimants had no contract with the Malawi Government as exclusive suppliers of any goods and services to the Malawi Government or at all.”
According to The Daily Times, on September 5 2012, the then AG Ralph Kasambara wrote a memo to Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, confirming that the government directed that no government department or organisation should conduct business with Mulli Holdings and Elvis Freight of Noel Masangwi.
The ban was, however, lifted in August 2014.
Isn’t is public daily robbery for Mulli to claim such huge amount of money while the rest of the nation is grappling with economic hardship?

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Vera Chilewani Adzaimila MCP Kumpoto Cha Kum’mawa Kwa Blantyre

Chipani cha Kongeresi chasankha Mayi Vera Chilewani kuti adzaimire chipanichi ngati phungu wake m’dela la kumpoto cha kum’mawa kwa boma la Blantyre pa chisankho chomwe chichitike chaka chamawa.
Chikhwimbi cha anthu otsatira chipanichi chawasankha a Chilewani popanda wopikisana naye.
Malinga ndi zomwe wolemba nkhani wathu wapeza, anthu a m’derali ndi wokondwa kuvomereza Mayi Chilewani kuti adzawaimire pa chisankho cha patatu ataona zipatso za utsogoleri zomwe mayiyu ali nazo.
“Ndi Mayi wachikondi komanso wochangalama pogwira ntchito za chitukuko ndipo sitikukaika kuti dela lino lidzatukuka akakhala phungu m’mwezi wathu miyezi ikudzayi,” anafotokoza motero  bambo wina chimwemwe chiri tsaya kusimba za a Chilewani.
“Ifetu tikuchiona chamwayi kukhala ndi munthu wamayi kuti atitsogolere ngati phungu  chifukwa mayi akakhala mtsogoleri makamaka phungu amakhala mlera khungwa,” anatero powonjezera.
M’mawu awo, a Chilewani anati ndi wokondwa kuti anthu m’chipanichi awapatsa mwayi kuti awatsogolere pambuyo powona mwa iwo zipatso zabwino maka pa nkhani za chitukuko.
Mayi Chilewani omwe m’mbuyomu adakhalapo phungu wa m’boma la Nsanje ndi mayi wachiwiri kupambana pa chisankho cha chipulula m’chipani cha Kongeresi m’chigawo cha kum’mwera.
Masiku apitawa, chikhwimbi cha anthu otsatira chipani cha Kongeresi anasankha mkadzi wa wachiwiri kwa mtsogoleri wa chipanichi, Mayi Abida Mia kuti adzaimire chipanichi m’dera la Chikwawa Mkombedzi.
Chimodzimodzi ngati Mayi Chilewani, Mayi Mia adalibe wopikisana nawo.

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