Chilima’s JB defence raises eyebrows

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Despite former head of state Joyce Banda being mentioned several times by cashgate convicts and suspects to be a big fish in cashgate, Vice President of Malawi Saulos Chilima defended Banda on the corruption allegations.

Speaking during BBC’s Hardtalk, Chilima said Banda’s corruption record was not poor but acknowledged that there was massive looting during her tenure.

Chilima: defended JB

Chilima also faulted claims that Banda’s regime was the most corrupt saying looting of public funds happened in all regimes after Malawi adopted democracy.

But Chilima’s sentiments have raised eyebrows among citizens who feel the Vice President could be defending corruption in the country.

Commenting on an article that this publication had, some citizens wondered why  Chilima was shielding Banda.

“This man aah, why defending the mother of cashgate,” wrote David Mwandimba

While Weeklee Mwale wrote: “Birds of same feathers, they cannot betray each other.”

Others said the move to defend Chilima reflects possible political ties between Chilima’s United Transformation Movement (UTM) and Banda’s People’s Party (PP).

Chilima is reported to have had a meeting with Banda on the basis of sharing same vision.

 

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  1. The issue is not for Chilima defending JB, APM government why they haven’t taken any action against JB? The answer is simple, JB as well has got info that links DPP gurus to the same Cashgate now there is no way a suspect can be crucified before been proven guilty by the court of law. So as it stands JB is innocent until she is dragged into a courtroom and a Judge finds her guilty without that she is innocent. So I don’t see any problem for JB to associate herself with anybody. It’s the same thing with Muluzi Snr he is still answering the charges of corruption etc etc but the court has not yet found him guilty so he is a free man that’s why he is associating himself with DPP without anybody asking questions cos he is NOT guilty of anything.

  2. The issue is not for Chilima defending JB, APM government why they haven’t taken any action against JB? The answer is simple, JB as well has got info that links DPP gurus to the same Cashgate now there is no way a suspect can be crucified before been proven guilty by the court of law. So as it stands JB is innocent until she is dragged into a courtroom and a Judge finds her guilty without that she is innocent. So I don’t see any problem for JB to associate herself with anybody. It’s the same thing with Muluzi Snr he is still answering the charges of corruption etc etc but the court has not yet found him guilty so he is a free man that’s why he is associating himself with DPP without anybody asking questions cos he is NOT guilty of anything.

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