Muluzi Denies Ever Using a State-Funded Convoy, HRDC Demands Him To Pay
The United Democratic Front president Atupele Muluzi has vehemently denied ever using a vice-presidential convoy as allegedly purported by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition.
Muluzi has said he neither used police officers as a provision of assigned security personnel, saying the HRDC demanding him to pay for using a convoy and police officers, is misinformed.
Social media is flooded with a Facebook post by HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence, who has so far owned the post, demanding the DPP-UDF alliance running mate in the past fresh presidential election, to pay for using the convoy as well as using police officers during his campaign escapades.
Of late, social media platforms have been flooding with a Facebook post by HRDC chairperson that the coalition is demanding the DPP-UDF running mate in the 23rd June fresh poll, to pay for his use of a convoy which he said was sponsored by taxpayers’ resources.
Confirming ownership of the post, Trapence has said Muluzi should also pay for using state police, adding it is unconstitutional.
Trapence added initially, the HRDC informed Muluzi against using state resources, and that the coalition expects full payment when its finance and administration finalizes the determination of the costs.
“As HRDC, we informed Mr. Muluzi against using state resources because it was against the law. The coalition, therefore, expects full payment for the convoy and police officers when our finance and administration finalizes the determination of the costs,” Trapence said.
He added “If Mr. Muluzi fails defies the payment, then Malawians will take the matter to court. Leaders should learn to respect the constitution.”
However, the DPP-UDF running mate has denied ever using a state convoy and security resources as alleged by the HRDC.
He pointed out that in fact, he used his resources, including vehicles and funds.
“I have never used any state convoy. In fact, I used my own funds. I used my own vehicles, even on the run-up to the 2019 tripartite elections, I used my resources, and Malawians know all this because they saw it,” said Muluzi.
Malawians went haywire on the run-up to the fresh presidential poll, wondering why the DPP running mate was using state resources.
On the run-up to May 21 tripartite elections, the DPP running mate Evertone Chimulirenji, was accorded a vice-presidential convoy and security detail.
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