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DPP demanding K10 million from parastatals– Saulos Chilima

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By Jameson Chauluka:

State Vice-President, Saulos Chilima, has claimed that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration has instructed every chief executive officer (CEO) of a parastatal to donate K10 million to the governing party as part of its fundraising drive.

“These people are thieves and as evidence, they are not satisfied with the money they have stolen; they have instructed every CEO of parastatals in the country to donate K10 million to DPP. If they want me, they know where to find me,” Chilima said during a UTM rally he addressed yesterday at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre.

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But DPP spokesperson, Nicholas Dausi, dismissed Chilima’s claims, describing them as bizarre.

“What is wrong with Honourable Chilima? He is just making wild accusations and most of his claims are bizarre. But I understand him; maybe it is fatigue and fear of losing the elections,” he said.

A few weeks ago, Chilima also claimed that Dausi was behind the torching of Malawi Electoral Commission regional offices in Lilongwe in 2014. Dausi has sued Chilima for such remarks.

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Chilima Tuesday said he has always marvelled at the massive turn-up at UTM rallies since the party’s launch at Masintha Ground in Lilongwe on July 21.

He said Malawians were being denied quality life due to corrupt practices in parastatals.

“Poverty is getting worse because of thieves. We are failing to develop agriculture in this country because of thieves. We are failing to develop education and road infrastructure because of thieves,” Chilima said.

He then promised to introduce duty-free week in which people who have Malawi Revenue Authority tax certificates would be able to import merchandise without paying duty during such particular windows.

Chilima also pledged to remove Value Added Tax on airtime, water and electricity in addition to removing connection line fees for water and electricity supply.

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