By Feston Malekezo/ Times Media
Malawi Government has withdrawn the Vice President Saulos Chilima’s security detail with immediate effect, the office of the vice president said late Wednesday.
“It’s true that today we were informed that the Vice President will not be accorded some of privileges his office is entitled to including his security,” said Pilirani Phiri, spokesperson for the Vice President’s office.
Phiri could not however give more details saying the Office of the President and Cabinet and police would be in a position to give more details.
According to the letter signed by Chief Secretary to the government Lloyd Muhara, addressed to all Principal Secretaries, and Heads of Departments, government will only accord privileges to the Vice President when he is performing government functions.
The decision is not surprising to many because government has slowly been stripping Chilima of other duties in the last few weeks since he came out and challenged his boss for the presidency.
Last Saturday Chilima launched the United Transformation Movement in Lilongwe where he warned that he would arrest anyone reported to have become rich corruptly.
This coming Sunday, Chilima is set to launch the movement at Njamba Park in Blantyre.