Chilima clears the mist on corruption allegations

Chilima right at the current cabinet meeting

Malawi's Vice President, Saulos Chilima has vehemently denied the allegations of his involvement in corruption with UK-based businessman Zuneth Sattar.

The report is yet to be shared with details of Chilima's involvement made public but President Lazarus Chakwera took away the powers of his office pending investigations by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB).

Chilima through his press office issued a statement signed by Pilirani Phiri in his rebuttal said he entered public service to serve the interests of Malawians.

He brushed off the allegations saying at no point has he ever been involved in any perverted or criminal scheme as suggested by the Bureau.

The Veep explained he has never deployed the office in aid of any perverted or criminal scheme.

Chilima described the manner in which the Bureau has proceeded as "very troubling."

He stated the Bureau has in essence accused him of a crime without providing any particulars or evidence in support of the crime.

Chilima also expressed curiousity that, to date, the Bureau has not confronted him with the said allegations of criminal conduct so that he gets the opportunity of making representations on the same.

"Instead, a prejudicial one-sided public narrative has been sustained for months now which has incited public anger against the so called “mentioned” individuals who helplessly watch their lives being ruined as they wait for the opportunity to voice their side of the story.

"There is a profound sense of justice that is entirely lacking in this approach."

Chilima further said he will welcome the opportunity, at an appropriate time, of challenging the said allegations.

The UTM leader pointed out he remains confident that any due process initiated to test the scurrilous allegations now made against him would vindicate the hope that Malaŵians placed in him and looks forward to that occasion.

On Thursday, he attended a Cabinet meeting with President Chakwera and other cabinet ministers.