A University of Malawi lecturer who shot to fame for her leading role in the fight for academic freedom during the late Bingu wa Mutharika controversial reign, Jessie Kabwila has emerged as one of the bitter critics of President Joyce Banda and re-emphasized that her presidency is a missed opportunity.
Kabwila, a Chancellor College lecturer who led the academic freedom battle after a lecturer a political science professor Blessings Chinsinga was interrogated by police for relating what was the then political situation in north Africa to Malawi, said she is not ashamed as a gender activist to be a critic of a first female Head of State, saying even men criticized late Mutharika on his shortfalls.
She told Malawi’s Zodiak Radio in its Tiuzeni Zoona interview programme on Sunday that President Banda “isn’t inspirational.”
Said Kabwila: “Malawians are let down and they wouldn’t want to vote in another woman as president considering what she is doing. This is bad for Malawian women.”
Another University of Malawi professor Wiseman Chijere Chirwa is on record claiming that President Banda is “not sophisticated” enough to be Malawi’s leader.
While another fierce critic of government, John Kapito the head of Consumer Association of Malawi who led January 17 demonstrations, described President Banda as “clueless.”
And Kabwila said she wasn’t ashamed to take part in the January 17 protests against the Banda administration on economic management, saying as a consumer she felt the need to go to the streets to protest the soaring cost of living in the country.
She said she was not re-positioning herself for any reward or government positions, saying she found her work not because someone died earned it.
“I’m proud to be teacher because I went to school and obtained certificates for it. Malawians shouldn’t think that I need to be praised for my role in activism.”
Kabwila advised the leaders to be thinking on £what they can do to help their country out of its current mess. This isn’t time to talk about Jessie’s life, it’s time to brainstorm and find solutions to our woes.”
But President Banda is on record defending herself that she is completing the term of late president Mutharika and that she is only clearing the mess her predecessor created that affected Malawi’s economy.
She said her administration was keen to create a conducive environment after the wrong direction Malawi was taking under Mutharika and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :