Written by Desire Mtawali
Malawi Vice-President Saulos Chilima has spoken against the K8 billion claim that Sunrise Pharmaceuticals and Chombe Foods Limited, the two companies owened by Leston Mulli are making from government.
Chilima claimed that someone has been paid K3bn to smear him yet the same person has a K5bn debt to government adding there is evidence to that effect.
Chilima was speaking during a political rally for his United Transformation Movement (UTM) at Migowi in Phalombe on Saturday.
Mulli, through Sunrise Pharmaceuticals Limited and Chombe Foods Limited, sued government and claimed K3.1 billion as damages for losses during the July 20 2011 demonstrations in which 21 people were killed.
He is now seeking an additional K8 billion, in civil case number 474 of 2012 before the High Court in Blantyre.
However, Chilima said he has gathered evidence that Mulli secretly received K 3 billion from government as compensation while he owes the same government a K5 billion loan through the then Malawi Savings Bank which was never paid.
He said ironically all previous Attonery Generals had rejected the claim for government to pay Mulli the K3 billion compensation as a result of the July 20 demonstrations in 2011.
Chilima said Mulli should “pay back the money” he owes governemnt before it ” chokes” him.
He said all the money to be recovered from the thieving DPP officials will be ploughed back to social services to improve lives of poor and marginalised people.
The Vice president retaliated his promise on financial prudence of public money once in government to ensure transparency and accountability.
Chilima went on to articulate UTM vision and agenda for Malawi at the rally attended by thousands of people who defied DPP intimidation tactics.
He pleaded with the electorate to register and vote en-masse in next year’s elections, warning that failure to remove the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) from power spells doom for the country.
Chilima has been drawing huge crowds during his rallies since he dumped the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) months ago and formed his United Transformation Movement (UTM).
Since the formation of the movement, UTM has roped in various political giants such as Speaker Richard Msowoya and several legislators including Lucius Banda and Wodya Zake Alibe Mlandu political grouping headed by Michael Usi, popularly known as Mananya. The movement has so far been launched in almost all regions of the country.