Malawi’s pressure group invites Malema and Zambia’s Chishimba
By Penelope Paliani Kamanga
BLANTYRE – Transformation Alliance (TA), a political pressure group, has announced that it has invited South African and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, and controversial Zambian politician Saviour Chishimba, to its first national conference end of August ahead of the 2019 elections.
TA chairperson Moses Kunkuyu, who has repeatedly stressed that “time has come for change”, told the press that he had invited the two who are well known in Southern Africa for putting their governments on their toes to learn a thing or two.
Malema and Chishimba are expected to make presentations at a conference which will be held in Blantyre.
TA spokesperson Leonard Chimbanga told the media that Chishimba had already confirmed his attendance to the conference scheduled for August 26 and 27 while Malema is yet to confirm.
Chishimba is a darling to Malawians for being a whistle blower of the controversial maize deal between state grain trader, Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc), Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF), a government agency, and private company Kaloswe Commuter and Courier Ltd.
This led to the arrest of former Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Minister George Chaponda, who is currently facing corruption charges emanating from the maize deal.
Chishimba has also been at loggerheads with Zambian President Edgar Lungu when he staged a one-man protest at State House where he urged Zambians to wake up and resist the president’s alleged dictatorship.
Chishimba, who also extended his protest to the Supreme Court, Lusaka City Council mayor’s parlour and Luburma Market, was quoted as saying it was unfortunate that under President Lungu, “the country’s governance was over a glass of whiskey”.
Malema is known for his controversial statements and has become a frequent critic of President Jacob Zuma, especially as regards the ANC leader’s alleged corruption with respect to the Nkandla and Gupta scandals.
Malema in 2016 was forcibly removed from the State of the Nation address when he interrupted Zuma to question when he would pay back part of the $23 million in taxpayer funds he used to build his private residence in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.
Kunkuyu is on record for calling for the need to groom future leaders now rather than recycling old leaders.
This former Member of Parliament who also served as Minister of Information in the Joyce Banda administration, said Malawians are fed up with “costly leaders” who assume top public posts but are “eternally on leadership orientation”.
Kunkuyu said his movement wants leaders who are in sync with the economic realities facing citizens.
He said leaders with a better background and understanding of the country’s political and economic dynamics have the potential to bring about the change Malawians desire – not the business as usual approach as it is with the current Peter Mutharika administration.