Chilima, JB alliance on the cards: DPP says ‘nothing’, analysts say ‘more to the eye’

 

By Falles Kamanga

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Impeccable speculation has arisen that United  Transformation Movement (UTM) leader Saulos Chilima and former President Joyce Banda are working an electoral alliance for next year’s May  tripartite elections; but, while the ruling Democratic Progressive Party  (DPP) has described the alliance as “petty” some quarters say the deal will help clean up proceeds of the cashgate which marred Banda’s two year rule.

“We’re not moved at all. DPP works at the right time with calculative moves. The alliance is nothing to the mighty DPP,” said DPP spokesperson  Nicholas Dausi who is also Minister of Information and Communication Technology.

He added: “It is a cheap alliance that will not yield a thing. Just wait
and see.”

Banda became president in 2012 due to constitutional order following the
sudden death of Bingu wa Mutharika. It was during her two year term, that
ended when she lost to incumbent President Peter Mutharika in May 2014,
that one of the worst scandals in the country’s fiscal history—cashgate—was
registered.

Billions of kwacha were lost through dubious means from the public purse
forcing donors to freeze aid which caters for more that forty percent of
the country’s national budget.

The scam affected Banda’s public image, subsequently making her trail only
third after the DPP and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in the 2014 elections.

A source-cum-analyst told The Maravi Post that the UTM and Banda’s People’s
Party (PP) alliance “will be used to clean up the stolen public money
through, among others, purchase of vehicles and political material for the
campaign.”

According to our source, through cashgate, Banda and her party acquired
buses and trucks overnight.

“These will now be hived off to the name of UTM, and in that way, it will
look as if it is clean money,” he said.

Our source warned however that the development will further drag Chilima’s
name to discredit.

Said our source: “He has been portraying himself as a pair of clean hands,
accusing the administration of corruption. It turns out that this is
hypocrisy on his part as he shows he is willing to be a cover-up of the
financial crimes by Banda and the government and private sector individuals
who perpetrated cashgate.”

Both Dausi and DPP secretary general Gresilder Jeffrey corroborated with
our source.

“We have volumes and volumes of scathing information against him, but, as
I’ve already said we are a strategic party. We work at the right pace,”
said Dausi.

He added: “We are aware of his [Chilima] misdealings of the past and
present. If we start parading them, the nation will appreciate.”

He hinted, for example, that some of such dealings were with his business
associate Maxwell Namata who is a cashgate suspect.

Namata had a spell at Maula Prison in Lilongwe after being named by
companies involved in Cashgate that he was the source of K9.3 billion worth
of government cheques.

At that time Namata and Chilima had a joint business.

And Jeffrey said: “The alliance is an alliance of two thieves. Do Malawians
want two thieves to lead them?”

Searching for a base

According to Jeffrey, Chilima also wants the alliance for his own political
convenience.

“Chilima is nothing in Ntcheu where he comes from. Haven’t you wondered
that he registered in Lilongwe? He is only in Ntcheu for tombstone
unveilings. And, when they are done he brings people together to drink
beer. There is not even a single bridge he has constructed,” said Jeffrey.

She suggested that UTM has no base of their own and that they are keen to
strike an alliance with those that have one.

“He [Chilima] is completely rootless politically,” she said.

Nyasa Times understands that he is split between Lilongwe where his late
father came from and is buried along the Mchinji Road and Ntcheu where his
mother comes from.

Desperate measures

Our analyst said his move to enter into an alliance accentuates his
desperation for political relevance.

“Chilima has been on tragic political path. He has been struggling to prove
he has policy proficiency and political character for the presidency he so
much wants,” he said.

According to him, since he launched his United Transformation Movement
(UTM), his manifesto promises have come under attack for being unrealistic
and that they cannot be implemented.

“In other cases, he has ended up copying and pasting programmes which the
ruling DPP is already implementing,” he said.

Chilima mother, Banda friendship

Our sources also revealed that Chilima’s mother and Banda are personal
friends beginning from their days at Providence Secondary School in Mulanje.

“Actually it was rumored that ahead of May 2014 elections, Banda had
preferred Chilima for running mate but the latter refused, apparently,
because it was evident that Banda was not going to make it,” our source
said.

Added our source: “In this election, Chilima has opted to work with Banda
for a number of reasons: first, because he is to be the torch-bearer for
the alliance and secondly because he wants to benefit from the state
largesse stolen by Joyce Banda and others in the pursuit of his
presidential ambitions.

“It is not surprising that he has started to idolize the former president,
describing her as one of the positive thinking Malawians who believes that
nothing is impossible.”

SKC, JB alliance on the cards: DPP says ‘nothing’, analysts say ‘more to
the eye’

Impeccable speculation has arisen that United Transformation Movement (UTM)
leader Saulos Chilima and former President Joyce Banda are working an
electoral alliance for next year’s May tripartite elections; but, while the
ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has described the alliance as
“petty” some quarters say the deal will help clean up proceeds of the
cashgate which marred Banda’s two year rule.

“We’re not moved at all. DPP works at the right time with calculative
moves. The alliance is nothing to the mighty DPP,” said DPP spokesperson
Nicholas Dausi who is also Minister of Information and Communication
Technology.

He added: “It is a cheap alliance that will not yield a thing. Just wait
and see.”

Banda became president in 2012 due to constitutional order following the
sudden death of Bingu wa Mutharika. It was during her two year term, that
ended when she lost to incumbent President Peter Mutharika in May 2014,
that one of the worst scandals in the country’s fiscal history—cashgate—was
registered.

Billions of kwacha were lost through dubious means from the public purse
forcing donors to freeze aid which caters for more that forty percent of
the country’s national budget.

The scam affected Banda’s public image, subsequently making her trail only
third after the DPP and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in the 2014 elections.

A source-cum-analyst told Nyasa Times that the UTM and Banda’s People’s
Party (PP) alliance “will be used to clean up the stolen public money
through, among others, purchase of vehicles and political material for the
campaign.”

According to our source, through cashgate, Banda and her party acquired
buses and trucks overnight.

“These will now be hived off to the name of UTM, and in that way, it will
look as if it is clean money,” he said.

Our source warned however that the development will further drag Chilima’s
name to discredit.

Said our source: “He has been portraying himself as a pair of clean hands,
accusing the administration of corruption. It turns out that this is
hypocrisy on his part as he shows he is willing to be a cover-up of the
financial crimes by Banda and the government and private sector individuals
who perpetrated cashgate.”

Both Dausi and DPP secretary general Gresilder Jeffrey corroborated with
our source.

“We have volumes and volumes of scathing information against him, but, as
I’ve already said we are a strategic party. We work at the right pace,”
said Dausi.

He added: “We are aware of his [Chilima] misdealings of the past and
present. If we start parading them, the nation will appreciate.”

He hinted, for example, that some of such dealings were with his business
associate Maxwell Namata who is a cashgate suspect.

Namata had a spell at Maula Prison in Lilongwe after being named by
companies involved in Cashgate that he was the source of K9.3 billion worth
of government cheques.

At that time Namata and Chilima had a joint business.

And Jeffrey said: “The alliance is an alliance of two thieves. Do Malawians
want two thieves to lead them?”

Searching for a base

According to Jeffrey, Chilima also wants the alliance for his own political
convenience.

“Chilima is nothing in Ntcheu where he comes from. Haven’t you wondered
that he registered in Lilongwe? He is only in Ntcheu for tombstone
unveilings. And, when they are done he brings people together to drink
beer. There is not even a single bridge he has constructed,” said Jeffrey.

She suggested that UTM has no base of their own and that they are keen to
strike an alliance with those that have one.

“He [Chilima] is completely rootless politically,” she said.

This publication understands that he is split between Lilongwe where his
late father came from and is buried along the Mchinji Road and Ntcheu where
his mother comes from.

Desperate measures

Our analyst said his move to enter into an alliance accentuates his
desperation for political relevance.

“Chilima has been on tragic political path. He has been struggling to prove
he has policy proficiency and political character for the presidency he so
much wants,” he said.

According to him, since he launched his United Transformation Movement
(UTM), his manifesto promises have come under attack for being unrealistic
and that they cannot be implemented.

“In other cases, he has ended up copying and pasting programmes which the
ruling DPP is already implementing,” he said.

Chilima mother, Banda friendship

Our sources also revealed that Chilima’s mother and Banda are personal
friends beginning from their days at Providence Secondary School in Mulanje.

“Actually it was rumored that ahead of May 2014 elections, Banda had
preferred Chilima for running mate but the latter refused, apparently,
because it was evident that Banda was not going to make it,” our source
said.

Added our source: “In this election, Chilima has opted to work with Banda
for a number of reasons: first, because he is to be the torch-bearer for
the alliance and secondly because he wants to benefit from the state
largesse stolen by Joyce Banda and others in the pursuit of his
presidential ambitions.

“It is not surprising that he has started to idolize the former president,
describing her as one of the positive thinking Malawians

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