History is repeating itself
During the 1994 first multi-party elections campaign Malawians sang ‘okuba yemweyo’ and eventually voted Bakili Muluzi into office despite a theft conviction hanging on his head.
During the campaign trail it was revealed that Muluzi spent some time in jail for stealing £6 when he was working as a court clerk in Msinja, Lilongwe.
In the same style, on Friday, scores of UTM supporters in party attire converged at the residence of Vice President Saulos Chilima amid reports that graft busting body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officers were heading to the residence to interrogate him.
Chilima is facing allegations that he got huge sums of money and other gifts from corruption kingpin Zuneth Sattar.
Some of the supporters, mostly women, who have been ferried in vehicles to the residence, were heard singing the same 1994 song “okuba yemweyo!” As they descended at the residence.
Chilima is facing uncertainty in his political career following reports that he might have benefitted from Sattar’s illicit money.
The Vice President denies the allegations and says they are politically motivated.
He has since refused to step aside to pave way for smooth investigations.
President Dr Lazarus Maccathy Chakwera clipped his powers on Tuesday but on Thursday he attended a cabinet meeting at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe where he cut a lone figure.
On Thursday, the ACB arrested former Inspector General of My Police George Kainja on the same charges the Veep is facing and was later given bail by a court in Lilongwe.