Blantyre Kabula constituency committee for Malawi’s ruling People’s Party (PP) last week approached Adra deputy country director Michael Usi to stand as their 2014 member of Parliament (MP).
The team that met Usi, popularly known as Manganya, comprised constituency governor John Dick, second deputy constituency governor George Kajawo, organising secretary Ellard Chigwenembe, campaign director Takondwa Bikozi, constituency governess Esther Chisoni and committee member Esther Ligumuche.
“We are in dire need of a candidate. We have settled for you because you will not be hard to sell since you are already popular. We want development. Our current MP has failed us. He does not care about us,” said Chigwenembe.
And Kajawo said the committee claimed they had no interest in the incumbent MP, Felix Njawala, because he once told them that he would not work with them.
“On January 8 2013, he told us in the face that we should go our way because he was not for us. He is working with his committee from the Democratic Progressive Party, although the party told him to come to us. We decided to find our own candidate; hence, the choice of you,” said Kajawo.
Usi told the committee that he would give a response later. He asked them if they would be comfortable with his objective criticism to the President. The committee accepted.
In an interview later, Njawala said he was aware that the committee met Usi to ask him to stand as MP.
Njawala confirmed the people were PP committee members and said he disowned them because they were greedy.
“My duty as an MP is not to serve people’s personal issues. What they want from me is to get money for self-satisfaction. I told them that I could not give them. They practice politics of milking leaders. They are not good for development. I have my own committee that understands me and we do development projects together,” said Njawala.
He said the committee has also gone to several people asking them to stand.
Malawi Congress Party and United Democratic Front are on record as having also approached Manganya to join politics.