Vice-President Saulos Chilima says he has not been involved in corruption, but hinted at an attempt to smear his name by his political rivals.
In an exclusive interview with Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) last evening, he said: “I am very sure. There are two things; one is truth and one is evidence. I am very sure that I have not been involved in corruption.
“I know there have been references to an issue. May be this I should not be divulging here. I sold a house to somebody through an estate agency, but eventually turned out [the buyer] was a suspect of Cashgate. But I have never been engaged in corruption.”
The Vice-President also hit back at critics who have accused him of sitting and watching corruption since 2014.
On the contrary, he said he took several steps to prevent certain corrupt dealings including discussions with his boss, President Peter Mutharika.
In recent weeks, Chilima has been condemning corrupt practices in government prompting the State House to challenge him to bring evidence to the fore.
In June, the Vice-President told The Nation that there was need to amend the constitutional provision that shields a sitting President from criminal prosecution, saying it gives the presidency licence to commit corruption crimes.
But constitutional law experts argued that immunity was only temporary during tenure of office to protect the President from false charges and ensure dedication to discharge of duties. n