Chikaonda to lead Malawi’s new party UTP

Economist  Dr Matthews Chikaonda, who is set to retire as Group Chief Executive of Press Corporation Limited, is waiting in the wings to take over leadership  of the newly-formed United Transformation Party (UTP), Nyasa Times understands.

Chikaonda:Linked to UTP

Chikaonda:Linked to UTP

Newton Kambala: UTP interim leader

Newton Kambala: UTP interim leader

The new political formation is mainly made up of new blood  in frontline politics and some recycles.

UTP is being driven by  former Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry president Newton Kambala as the party’s interim president, but an official privy to the new party told Nyasa Times meetings are being hosted by Chikaonda and that he is the president-in waiting.

Repeated efforts to obtain comment from Chikaonda were futile.

“There have been meetings with Chikaonda and I can tell you there will be a big bang when the party launches in January and unveil the president,” an official told Nyasa Times.

Chikaonda  is on record saying that there has been a deficit of credible and transformational leadership in Malawi, a fact which has not benefitted the citizens.

The economist revealed the lingering hope after the independence period was that in the shortest period possible, Malawi would be a prosperous nation standing on its own feet with poverty dramatically reduced.

He quoted from the novel ‘The Beautiful Ones are Not Yet Born’, by Ghanaian author Ayi Kwei Armah who reflected on the Nkrumah years and on the military junta that overthrew him:

“In the life of the nation itself, maybe nothing really new would happen. New men would take into their hands the power to steal the nation’s riches and to use it for their own satisfaction. That, of course, was to be expected ……. But for the nation itself there would only be a change of embezzlers and a change of the hunters and the hunted.”

UTP secretary-general Alex Solanke said the party will parade its leaders nationwide after launch.

He said UTP has been formed because there is “poor leadership” in Malawi.

“Malawians seem to lack effective leadership,” he told Daybreak Malawi program on Capital Radio.

We have started and we have already gone to the people .  We have been to several districts.

“It will take time for people to know us [but] we will build strong and  viable party,” Solanke said.

There has been fevered speculation that the new party will have an electoral alliance with Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

Solanke hinted on this during the radio interview when he praised MCP  “as the party that belong to the people .”

He said UTP stand for transformation of the people and aim at ending “growing inequality” in the country.

Notable names in this new party include lawyer Edwin Banda,  William Jalani, Ian Kanyuka, Eunice Makangala and Moses Kunkuyu.

Others are  Janet Chikoko, Charles Mwambyale and Nevert Gondwe.

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Zuze
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As Chikaonda sells Carlsberg Company

Sasani
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Another party in Malawi. kkkkk malawi @51

john aluma
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kkkkkkkkkkk….iwe Chikaonda…ngati 10-point plan inakukanika mastudent aku Chanco atakukwapula ndi mafunso mpaka kutuluka misozi ndi mastudent then, ukuganiza kuti ungakambe zomveka zanji kuti ine nkuvomekeza plus 14million people. uzingomunyenga Calista yemweyo basi (third wife) wakoyo..kkkk.

Winston Msowoya
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Yes,Chikaonda is an economist,however,Iam hesitant the guy is a die-hard tribalist who hates Northerners openly and he is also accused of being corrupt.However,let him go ahead with his ambitions,Malawi is a democratic entity.GOOD LUCKY!!!!

MWIZA
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THIS CHIKAONDA WANTS TO MAKE THE COUNTRY WORSE OR THINNER

Chechamba
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Chikaonda can make a far much better president than Peter.He is a super-class economist, still energetic and analytical unlike Peter who has proved to sleep on the job and over aged. By the way Peter got the support just because of being “mng’ono wa Bingu”.Prior to presidency,one cannot point at any leadership positions that Peter held.He had never been a Head of Department, Dean,Principal,Vice Chancellor at all the Universities he lectured……

Mivahani
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Isi koma ndiye owina alinga phee kudya buledi wa boma

The Analyst
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O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O So having realised that Malawi suffers fom leadership deficiency, Chikaonda thinks he’s the messiah? . . . So, he thinks himself alone is the wisest man in babylon? But isnt this the subtle definition of arrogance, if you check in your dictionary? And yet arrogance and presidency are parallel lines? . . . Yes, Chikaonda may be wise or intelligent (seen from his achievements – academic and subsequent corporate/professional journey), but who doesnt know that academic wisdom (APM) or pedestrian wisdom (Bakili), does not make better presidents? …………………………………………………………………….. And how many people (the hoipolloi, plebeans, proletariat) know Chikaonda? .… Read more »
bami
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Another Pensioner want to lead Malawi, where are the young men!!

Boko
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The only person this country needs for it to prosper is JB, not another professor.

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