United Transformation Movement (UTM) has reacted to Chakwera’s national address in which among others, the Malawi leader announced the withdrawal of delegated duties to the Vice President’s office pending an investigation by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Sattar case.
Addressing the national on Tuesday evening, Chakwera said the UTM’s leader who also happens to be the vice president of the country has appeared on the list of people who benefitted from Juneth Sattar’s corruption conduct hence deciding to withhold from his office any delegated duties while an investigation is ongoing.
Reacting on the matter today, UTM in a press statement signed by its Publicity secretary, Frank Mwenefumbo said the party is saddened and shocked with the turn of events following the President’s national address but as a party they believe justice will come in the end.
“We as UTM, are shocked and saddened with the turn of events in the past 24 hours, but as a party that has absolute confidence that justice will prevail in the end.
“We are not going to make further comments henceforth until this issue comes to its logical conclusion. We continue to give our unwavering support and following to our President, Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima, who led us through all trials and tribulations before and during the campaign period that ushered in the present Government, ”stated Mwenefumbo.
Apart from the President announcing the withdrawal of vice president’ duties, Chakwera also relieved on duty Chief of Staff Prince Kapondamgaga, Board Chairperson of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets John Suzi Banda and also fired Inspector General of Police, George Kainja.
The president noted that the Sattar case is deeply entrenched and it has affected a number of sectors including the Malawi Regulatory Authority (MRA), Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Malawi Defense Force (MDF), judicial system among others.