CHILIMA URGES PEOPLE TO STOP CLAPPING HANDS AT PRESIDENT’S EMPTY SPEECHES
“The truth shall remain the truth whether the offender is the President, his VP, MPs or Councilor,” Right Honourable Chilima.
Barely a week after Malawi’s leader of opposition talked about the reality of life in Malawi which has irked President Arthur Mutharika and some bootlickers in his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), state Vice President (VP) Saulos Chilima has minced no words by telling Malawians to stand for the truth regardless of whether it would pain someone.
The Right Honourable Chilima expressed his sentiments on New Year’s Day at St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish in Lilongwe, where he attended Mass, took the first reading and read out the normal Sunday service announcements, said a Parish member from Area 18B.
He said: “The VP wished us all best wishes for the new year but he unleashed what others have said is another state of the nation address by eluding to the fact that fellow Catholics should not be clapping hands over everything and anything just because the President or the VP or some official has said it or has done it..
“He advised that in 2017 Catholics should not follow UDF MPs and should stop praising and clapping hands over failed leadership and policies because Malawi is going down the drain due to such type of behaviour and complacency.
He pointed out that the habit of just clapping hands even for non-sensible things is what is killing the country.
“He did not beat about the bush saying that the truth shall remain the truth whether the offender is the President, his VP, Leader of Opposition and his Vice, an MP or Councilor, we should stop condoning and clapping hands over mediocrity.i,” narrated another Parishioner.
Chilima’s openness mesmerized the congregation and it was not surprising that he received a huge hand clapping, revealed the source.
“He deserved the hand clapping as what he was saying not stupid or silly. Because of what he said the VP received the attention of the whole church which was left with no choice but to clap hands and sing songs of joy,” explained the source.
Understandably, Chilima echoed Fr. Frank Phiri’s homily and remarked that in 2017, but emptied his chest by saying that he is amused that many Catholics are in the forefront of bringing in harmful trends in governance issues.
“He sais that aKatolika ambiri have been on the forefront kuononga zinthu mdziko muno. He even gave an example of one Minister who introduced the Third Term Bill as being a Catholic,” said a source who attended the service.
Interestingly, Chilima’s remarks comes no less than 24 hours after what many have described as an empty New year message by President Mutharika, who is quoted as having said that this year his government will make some changes like mini cabinets.
Commenting on Chilima’s sentiments, a political commentator has said that his word though painful to his boss and the DPP’s inner circle, raises some hopes that not all are rotten in the DPP.
The VP’s scorching remarks also comes at a time Malawians and the international community including the Zambian government are waiting eagerly to see what Mutharika would towards his right hand man Agriculture Minister George Chaponda who is entangled with the maize scandal bought from Zambia from ADMARC, and gray faces about the UN peace keeping money.
Ironically, Mutharika has more often delegated Chaponda on assignments that were administratively meant for the VP, in what many see as re-positioning strategy of those that Mutharika feels should be close to him or deemed as relevant for his political career and future party leadership.
“In other ways Chilima is telling Malawians that enough is enough and that we should wake up from our slumber and hold those in power accountable.
“Those close to the leadership must stop lying to the leaders that things are okay when it’s the contrary,” he said.
A social commentator in Lilongwe noted that traditional leaders who are being abused by the DPP government should wake up and stand in defence of Malawi and the truth.
“Happy new year to Veep Chilima for the powerful new year’s message which also comes at a time the civil society have issued a strong statement on the Zambia maize gate,” said a commentator.