I am not in presidency for money- APM

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Malawi President Peter Mutharika has maintained that he did not run for the presidency for money but to serve the country.

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July


In his acceptance speech, President Mutharika said if he were on presidency for money, he would have been pocketing 100 percent of his salary.


“You can go and ask the Treasury, out of the MK2.7 million monthly salary entitlement, I take only 40 percent and the rest is returned to Treasury,” said the Malawi leader.


On the just ended Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) convention, President Mutharika sternly warned those that have won, not to use their positions to steal from the public and private sector.


“Don’t take positions because of pride. Be responsible. And don’t use your office to hustle from companies. I will not accept that,” he said.


He said following the convention, which he described as free and fair, the DPP has come out much more stronger than ever before.


Meanwhile, the President has rejected calls from the convention organising committee for him to hand pick bearers of the remaining eight positions, saying he do not want to be a dictator.


He said he will let regional committees to fill in the remaining position.


“Even during primaries, we should avoid imposing candidates if we want to make it in 2019,” he said.


The convention has seen Local Government and Rural Development Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa and Salima South MP Uladi Mussa being elected vice presidents for South and Central regions, respectively.


Goodall Gondwe and Bright Msaka went unopposed for the positions of vice presidents for North and Eastern regions respectively.


National Organizing Secretary for DPP is Chimwemwe Chipungu, Secretary General Greselder Jeffrey, Publicity Secretary is now Nicholas Dausi who is also Minister of Information, Director of Women is now Cecilia Chazama who is also Minister of Civic Education.

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