By Falles Kamanga
As we have already seen on numerous occasions, nothing is really beneath Malawian Vice President Saulos Chilima.
Chilima, who is still the Vice President of Malawi, and also the leader of party opposing Government, an oxymoron in itself. He abhors, detests, disapproves of and dishonours the very same government he is still very much a part of.
Although -initially- Chilima’s movement, called the ‘United Transformation Movement’ (UTM) gained significant local traction, soon his innovative image and political posture frayed, notably due to his oneiric pledges, an apparent lack of leadership skills and a perceived absence of knowledge regarding the realities of his home country, Malawi; all these, topped with extensive tendencies of self-aggrandizement and alcohol abuse were reportedly ‘deal-breakers’ for Malawians, who certainly look forward to a positive change but not at any cost.
Chilima is bursting with self-confidence who defying the conventional rules of engagement and simply refusing to bow down even in the face of apparently inevitable defeat.
As the ‘Chilima mode’ wore off and his popularity nose-dived, Chilima decided to bring out the ‘big guns’. It is no secret that due to the lack of grass-root support for his party and his fading revolutionary continuum, the chances of him actually winning the presidential elections in May are slim, to say the least. Nevertheless, this does not seem to dispirit him, since he now apparently has a new best friend/boss…Jeffrey Smith.
Chilima is the ultimate outsider in Malawi politics. His hunger for power scares everyone. The more he talks of the presidency in his campaign rallies the more the people question his intentions.
The UTM leader is not a radical politician like he claims and he doesn’t speak or behave like a model politician. He is a man with selfish interests, bad and ugly, and his campaign has so far been all of those things.
His political message hasn’t been pretty, it has definitely been regularly offensive, but it has also been spectacularly unsuccessful.
The writing is on the wall. For him to deny the fact that he is too raw to win the Presidential race is to be a particularly stubborn, blinkered ostrich with one’s head implanted left under the sand.
Just within six months Malawians are sick and tired of his cheap politicking. Malawians are smarter than Chilima thinks.
They detest divisive rhetoric especially when it is spouted from the mouths of politicians. Chilima’s lack of appeal comes from his outrageously fake aversion to political correctness, and his willingness to make dreadful promises even if it upsets people. He occasionally goes too far, stumbles or performs instant U-turns.
The man Saulos Chilima has engaged to rig the elections, Jeffrey Smith, masquerades as an American human rights activist, but in all honesty, he is a ‘Regime Change Agent’ in Africa. By his own admission he also provided U.S. Government contacts with regular programming and political updates for the African continent.
This definitely ‘bought’ him a few ‘new friends’… Smith is currently the Executive Director of Vanguard Africa, ‘a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting free and fair election processes and consolidating pro-democracy forces in Sub Saharan Africa’ and also dedicated to… protecting the interests of the US government in the continent.
Smith extensively uses social media to advance his evil agenda. He engages formidable Public Relations manipulators to achieve his goals. He is a master of the ‘framing effect’.
He was allegedly involved in Gambia’s regime change in 2016; he helped oust the-then President Yayah Jammeh and put in his place a US-friendly figure, Adama Barrow…all for the good of the Gambian people of course…not for the capitalist American pockets.
He also reportedly orchestrated the recent political upheaval in Zimbabwe, as he works for the opposition party ‘Movement for Democratic Change’; yes, American political consultants are willing to go to great lengths to ensure that their candidates win presidential elections or have a favourable public image. Smith’s name was also linked to similar incidents in Gabon and Kenya. He is also currently meddling in Algerian politics as he is very busy working with the opposition to oust sitting President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
It now appears that Malawi is next on the list. Chilima recently went on a ‘private trip’ to Washington DC. As you can imagine the trip was not that private, since Twitter was flooded with pictures of a smiling Chilima with Jeffrey Smith at the Voice of America (VOA) international multimedia Agency.
According to sources close to Chilima, the duo had a four-hour meeting planning the details of the upcoming Malawian elections; as in, how to rig them and how Smith and other US coteries will benefit from the deal.
Because it is well-known that foreign interference entities genuinely care about the welfare of the people around the world…and no doubt this is also the case with Malawi.
Dirty Jeffrey Smith has spent years seemingly relentless in his quest to make capital and money from meddling in Africa’s poor countries. He takes advantage of greedy and unpatriotic politicians like Saulos Chilima to make his multi-million dollar election rigging deals at the expense of poor and innocent citizens.
What is more is that where his rigging attempts fails, he resorts to sponsor post elections violence which often times leads to loss of innocent lives and property rendering targeted countries poorer.
Chilima has reportedly promised Smith and his acolytes a myriad of economic deals and benefits, IF they help him win the elections.
Well, worst case scenario, they can always rig them; Smith is a proved subject-matter expert. Funny how Americans hate it when other nations meddle in their internal affairs…or elections, but they, themselves, do it on a regular basis -without the same scruples for that matter- in any country that such schemes are feasible, again ‘on the guise of the good’.
On that note, US ambassador in Malawi Virginia Palmer has been seen -on numerous occasions- attending some UTM events e.g., the UTM convention. It is quite strange that she only chooses to attend UTM’s events and not events of other political parties…She does not even bother to fake it. ‘Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That’…
There is factually little doubt that Malawi’s CSOs, NGOs and even renowned journalists will fall prey to Smith’s systematic form of purposeful persuasion and propaganda techniques, as he is going to tout the ‘vote for change’ and ‘political freedom’ slogans everywhere, but what ‘change’ and what ‘freedom’ -really- are we talking about here?
Chilima does not even realize that he would be totally dependent on these people, IF he ever won the elections.
Does he care? Not really, as long as he wins. Funny how Chilima denounces corruption, nepotism, egoism and abuse of power, when he is the living epitome of all the disgraceful traits he so vehemently despises.
Well, selling out your country to the highest bidder, just to sit in the President’s chair, what does that say for you, Mr. Chilima?
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