United Transformation Movement (UTM) has intensified efforts to have the name of Vice President Saulos Chilima plucked off the Zuneth Sattar list but their move is hitting blanks as Anti Corruption Bureau director, Martha Chizuma, remains uninterested.
Since President Lazarus Chakwera informed the nation of the contents of the ACB report submitted to him in June, there has been panic in the SKC camp for his alleged involvement with the embattled UK-based businessman. Coincidentally, the Vice President was also mentioned in another investigation carried out by the British National Crime Agency months earlier.
Information this publication has gathered indicate that senior UTM members and fixers have been pestering Chizuma since that day to lobby for the removal of Chilima’s name.
“They have been approaching the (ACB) director with all sorts offers and threats but their case is meeting resistance from her. She has told them plainly that any report that is publicized by way of submission to other stakeholders cannot be altered by anyone so they are just wasting their time,” says an impeccable source from the ACB who has been following the trends.
It is said that Chizuma has resorted to blacklisting some phone numbers, including that of the Vice President, who kept calling and texting in push for a favourable answer.
Just last week the Vice President addressed the nation in a bid to canvass sympathy from Malawians but his plan has courted even more anger from Malawians who are baying for his head for his alleged involvement in corruption.