Today in the address of the Vice President Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima proves why he has lingered long in politics and why his been such a significant person in Malawi. He proves how savvy and smart he is with his dealing and agreements. Because, if you step wrong on him. He can use that leverage against you.
Well, he can be connected and be part in the Sattar – State Capture, but the agreement with the Tonse Alliance is binding for the President and his party. That’s why Chakwera and his other allies cannot just throw the VP under the bus. Therefore, the VP haven’t taken into consideration the speech of the President and his suspension. That is obvious now and the VP address just exposes the wheeler-dealing methods of the President.
One key early quote from the address was this:
“One of the concrete goals of the Tonse Alliance, which has yet to be attended to, was to remove presidential immunity from criminal prosecution. This promise was pronounced under the campaign agenda of the Alliance. This is the time to amend the Constitution of Malawi in order to remove the immunity which Presidents of this country enjoy under section 91(2) of the Constitution so that everyone in Malawi can be prosecuted for criminal wrongdoing” (Chilima, 01.07.2022).
We have to see, if Chakwera wants to take away his own Presidential Immunity and follow up on the campaign pledges. Because his always committed to fight corruption and his office should be the first in the line. As the example and the head of state. That’s why this statement just show how the Tonse Alliance, and the President haven’t worked or tried to fulfil this simple campaign pledge.
In an interesting twist, he says this:
“No one should interfere with the work of the Bureau regardless of which side of the political divide you belong to. Corruption is evil. It is also legitimately expected that the Bureau should not entertain any efforts to be abused or misused by any quarters for whatever reason. The Bureau must not put its investigative or prosecutorial methods in question. For my part, as communicated through my Press Secretary last week, I will welcome the opportunity to respond to allegations of my alleged corrupt dealings, for which decisions have been taken without sight of the evidence, but I will do so strictly within due legal processes. To be clear, I will not fuel medial trials, let alone even appear to impair the work of the Anti-Corruption Bureau” (Chilima, 01.07.2022).
This is denying the facts and the evidence which is brought upon the courts in United Kingdom. The ones that is directly going after Zuenth Sattar, because he haven’t been or the authorities haven’t had the proof of anything in Malawi. The corruption case and state capture will tangle a web of not only the VP, but other ministers or high-ranking officials. That’s why we should expect more to come from the ACB, but also the court case in the UK.
Some parts of the Tonse Alliance agreement that back-fires today:
“(g) Mutual trust whereby “UTM and MCP shall ensure constant engagement with each other to build trust and confidence” :clause2.1.7;
(h) Mutual respect whereby “UTM and MCP undertake to respect each other in all undertakings, shall not undermine each other in any other form or way both in public and in private and shall treat each other including their respective members as equals” :clause 2.1.8;
(i) Integrity whereby “UTM and MCP shall execute [the] Agreement with utmost integrity, especially when faced with the choice between what is convenient and what is right;” :clause 2.1.9
(j) Consultation whereby “UTM and MCP shall consult each other thoroughly before any decision that may be deemed crucial by any of the Parties is made” :clause 2.1.10; and
(k) Consensus whereby “UTM and MCP undertake to make decisions [under the] Agreement by consensus in order to formulate a nationally owned, and broadly supported, policy position” :clause 2.1.11.” (Chilima, 01.07.2022).
These provisions are damning today. Just for the simple fact that it seems like the President and the MCP breached the agreed stipulations in their alliance agreement. Yes, Chilima is alleged a part of the Sattar case and the State Capture. However, the President cannot stand above the ideals or the articles in the agreement. That’s just proves that there was no consensus or consultation before the President suspended the VP. Which is in direct conflict with the signed agreement. Therefore, in some aspects, the suspension can be seen as null-or-void in that matter.
One final quote which is fierce:
“If, for whatever reason, our mission is challenged, we should own up and re-engage the people of Malawi and explain why the course must change. Another campaign, 3 years away from an election, is most unfortunate, regrettable, abuse of the political process, and completely unnecessary. It is what this Administration will deliver that will endear Malawians to this Alliance and give them a vote when that election day of reckoning comes. As the late President Bingu wa Mutharika said, let the works of our hands speak for us, instead of artificial narratives aimed at misrepresenting matters to the people” (Chilima, 01.07.2022).
We can see that the VP knows how to address things and shows why he is where is. Since he proves his tactical mind and strategize ahead. That’s why his tarnishing the President too and his ways. Since, the agreement is violated by the President and not following up it accordingly. That’s striking here.
Yes, the VP has to answer for the cases and the alleged crimes. However, that has to anyone involved in the State Capture. Not only him. Nevertheless, this is sowing distrust and lack of confidence between the President and the VP. Which should be solid and ready for the storms ahead.
We couldn’t see this coming, but this shows why the VP is where he is and how he got there. Peace.
“The Ministry of Justice says it is in possession of a receipt from the courier company, DHL, which confirms that a request for assistance in the investigation of the Phala Phala robbery was sent to their counterparts in South Africa. This was said by the ministry’s spokesperson, Simon Idipo, on Wednesday” (The Namibian, 24.06.2022).
The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa is under public scrutiny over the alleged criminal conspiracy at this Phala Phala Farm, which is implicating huge sums of money and fraud. That is coming home to roost. Yes, in South Africa Ramaphosa can sway the authorities or block any sort of investigation.
The Namibian authorities is looking into it. As the leaks and the possible breaches of law there is putting things into question. We know that the evidence and stories of Arthur Fraser will put gasoline on the fire. That in combination of the stories from Namibia.
What is striking is that the drips of knowledge from Namibia is destroying any sort of silencing the critics or the investigation in South Africa. Where the President has suspended the Public Protector over it and where the Parliament is pending a start of inquiry into it. Therefore, things are moving along. Slowly, but the President isn’t looking in any sort of bright light.
The President can hope that the limelight comes on his predecessor Zuma and his business-dealings with the Gupta’s. However, the current and day-to-day operations cannot go as normal. When the Hawks and others should look into Ramaphosa. He shouldn’t get away with this… just because his the President and in the manner of which he stopped the CR17 Report.
That’s why you know this man wants to stop the investigation in Namibia. It is hurting him and proving more of the credible criminal conspiracy and a way of laundering money from South Africa. You don’t move money like this and make it seems like a criminal conspiracy, but there is nothing happening in South Africa. Until, a former intelligence officer drops knowledge and tells what went down.
This dance Ramaphosa cannot get away from. Sooner or later the “head-shot” or the “final-straw” is published. The scandal of kidnapping, money laundering and such will not be left behind that easily. No, this will be challenged like the days the opposition went after the Gupta’s scandals of Eskom and everywhere else they were eating of the government plate. Therefore, the same can easily happen here.
This time around the people should seek answers and not let it go. They let bygones be bygones over the secret campaign funds. Now they need to know why everything happened and how it went down. As we know the President is involved in the trading and operations of the Phala Phala farm. That is well-known now as he was part of the sale of Ankole Cattle. Therefore, we know his earning and following it up.
That’s why we know he knew what went down and the reasons for the transfer of money. Which is now investigated on both sides of the border. Namibian authorities will not be taken hostage or blocked directly by Ramaphosa. That will only happen if they relent or the neighbours are able to silence it there. Because, this is becoming ugly and who knows.
We just have to wait for more intelligence and certainly it is much harder to hide. When you have played outside your own dominion. Now, he has to answer for the acts, which is involving the Namibian authorities. That cannot be easy… as well… as the open questions unanswered to the Public Protector. Peace.