Username:
Password: or Register




Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
 
Author: Watchtower
Views: 141
Replies: 0
Malawi VP Attacks President, Quits Ruling Party

Watchtower

Moderator


Posts: 3,624
Threads: 3,603
Joined: Sep 2017
Reputation: 4
Points: 0points

#1

[Image: EB4E1883-325F-4377-80CC-A648E4E224D7-768x461.jpeg]

Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima has publicly attacked the corruption of the present government and announced his resignation from the ruling party, leaving the door open for a presidential run.

Chilima was handpicked by President Peter Mutharika to run alongside him in the 2014 elections on the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) ticket.

His dramatic decision to quit the DPP has exposed a widening rift in the ruling party, which has come under heavy criticism for alleged corruption.

“Despite all the sacrifices that our forefathers made, our nation remains one of the poorest. Nepotism, cronyism and corruption are rampant and only those connected continue to benefit.

“We must give this country a new lease of life. We must clean this country. We must drain the swamp,” he said at a media conference in Lilongwe.

Chilima’s shock move comes as calls have mounted from within the DPP for him to challenge 79-year-old Mutharika, who has ruled the country for four years.

While Chilima holds no leadership position in the ruling party, several top leaders calling themselves the “Chilima Movement” have called on the 45-year-old VP to oppose Mutharika during the party’s next conference.

– Idowu Sowunmi