By our reporter
Malawi Vice President, Saulosi Chilima, who is also leader of the (UTM) leaves on Tuesday, 6th November, 2018 through Kamuzu International Airport at 09:40 hours, for Dubai, United Arab Emirates to attend the Africa Investment Conference.
In a statement dated November 5, 2018 signed by special assistant to the Vice-President on economic affairs Milward Tobias, Chilima’s participation is at the invitation of Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra, former Prime Minister of Mali and current Chairman of Africa Legal Network.
The theme of the Conference is “Opening Africa Up for Business: A Realistic Vision?
The conference has been organised by the Africa Legal Network, an alliance of leading African corporate law firms in sixteen African jurisdictions in Francophone, Anglophone Lusophone and Arabic-speaking Africa.
Vice President Chilima is expected to arrive back home on 8th November through Kamuzu International Airport at 14:05 hours.
This is third international trip since the Vice-President broke ranks with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on June 6 this year and declared he will challenge President Peter Mutharika in the presidential race in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.
Chilima—whom President Peter Mutharika picked as running mate in January 2014 where he served as Airtel Malawi managing director—had a visibly rosy relationship with the establishment until his declaration and the President subsequently stripped him of his Cabinet portfolio of Minister Responsible for Disaster Management Affairs and in-charge of National Public Events. Since his declaration, Chilima has been sidelined from official engagements, including seeing off and welcoming the President, stirring debate among legal scholars on the position and status of the Vice-President.