In an ironic twist, the Vice President of Malawi Saulos Chilima and one of the leading contenders for the May 21 Elections has sensationally accused self-exiled Commissioner-General of the ZRP, Augustine Chihuri of working with the incumbent government to rig elections.
Chilima who is the leader of the UTM party held a press conference at dawn at his home in Lilongwe in which he alleged that Chihuri was leading the recruitment of non-police personnel for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government. He went on to say that these parallel police officers would pose as legitimate officers and commit illegal acts which would influence the elections in the party’s favour.
Chilima went on to say that Chihuri is a fugitive from justice who must leave Malawi with immediate effect. Said Chilima,
We are saying that Chihuri must leave our country, don’t mess our elections.
Malawi goes to polls on May 21 as the official campaign closes today, May 19, 2019 at 6am, hence the early press conference. Chilima will be running against incumbent president Peter Mutharika.