Monday, October 3, 2022
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Even His Parents Named Him ‘Saul’ Not ‘Paul’

Chilima’s innovation to divert action from his corruption scandal exposed; sponsors national demonstrations

When it comes to giving their children names at birth, parents are quite wise. They usually see things that we toddlers don’t. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the guy we’re nurturing is a crook preying on the gullibility of some youths.

For starters, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika chose Saulos Klaus Chilima as his running mate for the 2014 presidential election. After the DPP’s victory, he flowered, and the party provided him with the necessary assistance to increase his political exposure. But, within the term, Chilima parted ways with his boss, founding his own organization, which is still unclear if it is a party or a “village bank”.

Chilima surrounded himself with the likes of Lewis Ngalande, Noel Masangwi, Callista Chimombo Mutharika, and many more crooks within their ‘village bank’, which was a shocker for someone who advocated a corruption-free country.

Nevertheless, following reports from the United Kingdom that he is a beneficiary of Zuneth Sattar’s corrupt deals, his political moves are no longer surprising. It is also no longer surprising that the Malawi Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is investigating Chilima’s political party, UTM, for possible corruption, money laundering, and tax fraud in the purchase of 44 vehicles this year.

You can see why his parents chose the name ‘Saul’ rather than ‘Paul’. In his thirties, the Biblical Saul stopped persecuting Christians and became a follower of Jesus. Our Saul is now in his fifties, which is unfortunate. That demonstrates his parents’ foresight. They were well aware that their boy would never be Paul. They knew that even in his old age, he would continue to steal from the poor.

In 2020, realizing that his chances of becoming president were fading, he teamed up with the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), not for the love of the country, as we were led to think but to reclaim personal glory from the embattled Chimulirenji. His actions are always for self-gain, fame, and nothing else related to public service.

To suggest that he must resign is a courteous approach that I believe he does not deserve. He is the country’s enemy, and he should be far away from our borders. He has betrayed our efforts to make Malawi a better place.

 

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