Vice President Saulos Chilima on New Year’s Eve bade farewell to residents of Kauma Township in Lilongwe saying he is replacing President Peter Mutharika at the Kamuzu Palace.
Chilima currently lives at Area 12 State residence which is close to Kauma Township in the capital city.
Speaking at a rally at Kauma Ground on Monday, Chilima who is also leader of UTM said Mutharika will become an ex-president in May as he (Chilima) will replace him after the 2019 elections.
“You also need to know that starting tomorrow [January 1 2019], this country will have another former president, we have had four and we will have a fifth one in 2019 and the sixth president of the country is the one talking to you now,” said Chilima.
During the rally, Chilima advised Leader of Opposition Lazarus Chakwera to stop attacking him saying opposition political parties are not a threat to his political career.
“The position of Leader of Opposition has no retirement package. The one currently holding this position must mind his own business. He must immediately stop insulting us,” Chilima said.
He then promised to transform the country if elected as president next year. He said his government will create one million jobs, improve electricity supply, provide safe water, improve health service delivery and provide decent housing.
He told the Kauma resident that the challenges Malawians are facing were created by selfish and corrupt leaders who frustrate development activities and investors.
According to the vice president, in 2015 a foreign company that wanted to establish a plant in Lilongwe to be making electricity out of refuse and rubbish was frustrated by corrupt individuals.
“UTM government will close all the loopholes where state funds are stolen so that we have enough money of developing this country. All corrupt leaders have five months before we lock them up,” Chilima said.
Before the rally, the vice president and other UTM politicians planted trees at Kauma.