UTM shocked with Chilima excommunicado

Mwenefumbo and Chilima

UTM, king maker in the Tonse Alliance has come out to express its shock with President Lazarus Chakwera excommunicating their leader, Saulos Chilima.

The party said it stands by its leader who is alleged to be implicated in a corruption scandal with Malawian-UK businessman, Zuneth Sattar.

Chakwera took away the powers of Chilima as the Vice President until investigations by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on his involvement.

In a brief statement, the party's Publicity Secretary Frank Mwenefumbo said: "As a party that has absolute belief and faith in Malawi's justice system, we have absolute confidence that justice prevail in the end."

The move by the President is being interpreted as a deal breaker to the Tonse Alliance and a way to muddle Chilima's image in the public court.

Analysts have said that taking away his powers will create rifts as the office of the Vice President is now irrelevant.

Political analyst, Victor Chipofya has told us that Chakwera's decision will create a rift between the two sides, as it technically renders the Veep redundant.

In the country's history, Presidents and their deputies have never seen eye to eye with apparent cases of Bakili Muluzi and Justin Malewezi, Bingu wa Mutharika and Joyce Banda, Peter Mutharika and Chilima.