Former UTM publicity secretary Joseph Chidanti-Malunga has gone back to Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) to serve his final five years.
Malunga, who announced his withdrawal from active politics on Thursday, says he will bounce back in politics in 2025 to fight for his Nsanje South West seat which he lost in the May 2019 Tripartite Elections.
He said: “I am still an employee of Luanar, but was on leave of absence when I joined politics five years ago.
“I still have some five years remaining at Luanar before I can retire; hence, my decision to go back to the lecture room.”
Malunga said the leave has expired and he has to comply with conditions of the leave of absence.
“My going back [to Luanar] is to ensure that I finish serving my tenure before I retire completely. I have already reported for work,” he said.
Asked whether he chose to go back to academic life because he was not given a position in the Tonse Alliance admistration, the former lawmaker laughed off the suggestion, saying it was important to finish the remainder of his tenure and continue with politics in future.
“I remain a loyal member of UTM,” he said.
Malunga, therefore, urged his UTM supporters in Nsanje not to be distracted by any propaganda to the contrary.
In a seperate interview UTM secretary general Patricia Kaliati confirmed that Malunga wrote to the party about his decision to go back to the university.
“As a party we understood his situation, because why should he forfeit his retirement package when he can go and finish and come join us in 2025, so we allowed him to go with our blessings,” she said.