Ex-MP Shawa forms new party in Malawi – Union Party

Former parliamentarian Paul Sydney Shawa has formed a new political party called the Union Party (UP) and is opening the door for membership from  expelled members of former ruling Peoples Party to join.

Paul Shaba:  New party

Paul Shaba: New party

Shawa, was as Member of Parliament for Mzimba South constituency from 2009 to 2014 before he was voted out following the victory of PP candidate Maquenda Chunga in the 2014 tripartite elections.

The 58-year-old Shawa,  a trained lawyer who was prosecuted in 2003 in Canada where he was practicing and admitted to stealing funds from clients, said he was the new party to be   an instrument for participation in the long struggle to uplift the plight of long-suffering Malawians.

“Our members are nationalists as opposed to anarchists or fascists. In our quest we are driven by the unacceptable fact that after over 50 years of independence, government after government lament the loss of donor support; that a nation that begs, year in year out, unashamedly, is not, an independent country; that a government that plunders and burglarizes its treasury, year in, year out is not a government of the people, by the people, for the people,” said Shawa.

He said his Union Party intends to be “revolutionary” in its approach.

“In the coming months you will be privy to the findings of our study and may publish to Malawian those findings,” said Shawa.

Shawa said there is no doubt that Malawians want change.

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41 thoughts on “Ex-MP Shawa forms new party in Malawi – Union Party”

  1. shadreck tembo says:

    A shaba mwee.kaleleni bazukulu kwakathundu.

  2. koma eee says:

    koma a Shawa akuti ndi chiyani? munthu wakuba ndalama ku canada 2003 akufuna kukhala president shaaa!!!! koma malawi yamphweka eti ndi a shawa omwe, azitengadi mbava za pp kuti angwire nazo ntchito.

  3. kabotolo msaka says:

    Someone in AA wrote that “contempt before investigation is the root of ignorance.” Hon Shawa was the first afrikxn lawyer to be called to the Bar in the Province where he has practiced since 1989.Lawyers that steal money are disabarred…that is not allowed to practice.Check out Case Digest of LAW SOCIETY OF MANITOBA..From my reading of the matters which brought Hon Shawa before the Discipline committe..it is clear that it was not a cae of thought as such but misappropriation…that is the use of trust funds on client A file for the business of client B.When the funds are returned from client B file to client A no fund have been lost…but the Rules of the law society have been breached..That was the charge preferred sgainst Hon Shawa. If one reads the comments of the judge both before the Law Society anf before the Magistrate..Many of us would agree that Hon Shawa went out of his way to help fellow africans, mostly recently arrived refugees..That is why Hon Shawa is still in practice as i comment. Further those of you who know something about about criminal law…Theft charge carries a lesser punishment than a charge of Breach of Trust. From my reading of the transcript of the matter, it is clear that after the law society had finished with Hon Shawa, they referred the matter to local police who proceeded to lay charges over the same matters..Good counsel would advise one “Theft” over “Breach of Trust” for reasons sstated above. ALSO note that Hon Shawa received a “Discharge” after the hearing before the Magistrate court. Those that know the law..advise that such a person does have a criminal record..Amalawi anzanga tiziwerenga. NO THIEF IS ALLOWED TO PRACTICE LAW IN CANADA. When I last checked,to day, Hon Shawi a a member in good standing with the Law Society of Manitoba…

  4. Chalume says:

    Experience has taught us Malawians that parties with the synonym “UP” are not quite destined for much.

  5. Zovuzedi says:

    You mean you want to undo one Prof Chisi with his UP (Umodzi Party)? Atumbuka mwee!

  6. concerned citizen says:

    Zoona munthu amabera anthu ku Canada yet we gave him the responsibility to represent us in parliament and never benefited anything through him pano wayamba ka chipani kake and opening the door for cash gaters from PP , zankutu basi.

  7. Dikisan says:

    Mzomera azako ndi amenewa. Anthu opanda address. KKKK

  8. Jen says:

    Kodi a Malawi mumatitengera kuntoso ngati Nyama ya galu bwanji? Kutiwona kumbwambwana? Zankutu basi! New party nde chani? Idiot.

  9. robert says:

    Ine ndine mbadwa yaku south mzimba pa Jenda , chiwinileni mu 2009 kufikila mu 2014 sanapangeko chitukuko ku constituency yake , munthu wotele angatsogolele dziko? Kkkkkk mbuzi ya munthu.

  10. Bavayi ikufuna chiani kodi? Khope iyi ikakhale president? kikikiki

  11. Atumbuka phunzurani kugwiruzana.

    Smallest region and population but with highest number of parties.

    Mukutichititsa manyazi komanso ndi moyo wozikonda.

    Mbiri zina zija pamtundu panupo ili pati? kkkkkkkk

  12. william says:

    Another form of misconception.If u want to start a business plz just look for another strategy of doing it.Don’t use politics to deceive people who are intellectually dying everyday as they scout honest leaders.Your scum won’t work this time,be ashamed of yourself with your supercilious mentality.God will punish you.

  13. nebuchadnezzar says:

    A shawa yambani mwachosa chitsotso chiri mmaso mwanu kenako mkumayambitsa tizipani monga Union Party.

    Mumayetsa kuti anthu saziwa za makhalidwe anu ambuyomu shame on you a Canadian Lawyer monger
    Google Stanley Shawa/Canada

  14. TCHAMA says:

    kkkkkkkkkk face of the President Eisshhhhhhhh

  15. Moyo says:

    From the records given, this guy should not waste our time. He has been in parliament for 15 years, let us know what he did to his area. If he performed as an MP, why was he booted out in 2014?

    Secondly, seriously as our counterparts in Canada are (azungu), if he managed to be stealing from them, how do we entrust him with our taxes? Let him find something else to do-like commercial farming or some other businesses.

  16. Modicai Longwe says:

    Kicks of a dying horse. His truck record displaces himself from being a leader. What did he do during his time as an MP for our area? He impregnated his young brothers wife. He was arrogant even when you visit him at his house on development issues. I remember in our home area we have portable water problems even up to now, I went to him with a suggestion to revamp the pipe water system which is already in place and only need maintenance. He told me not to waste my time but to dig my own borehole in my compound like what he did in his compound along the Jenda Mzimba road at Kathundu.

    Members of this party will only be his wife and children. I wish him well.

  17. Nkhumanya says:

    Munthu anabera anthu ku Canada waimbidwa mlandu 2003 kupezeka olakwa,but stood succesfully as an MP in 2009 wagwa nayo in 2014 and now akuyambisa chipani aaahhh koma aMalawi what izi longo with us?

  18. BOKHO says:

    This is too much, we need MCP and one more basi.

  19. Mwanangwa says:

    We are extremely tired of new parties from my home land

  20. kongooolo says:

    “ … Shawa, a trained lawyer who was prosecuted in 2003 in Canada where he … admitted to stealing funds from clients …”

    Shawa was indeed convicted in Canada in 2003, and was therefore ineligible to stand for election in 2009. Section 51 of the Constitution states:

    “A person shall NOT be qualified to be nominated or elected as a Member of the Parliament if that person … has, within the last seven years, been convicted by a competent court of a crime involving dishonesty or moral turpitude … (or) …. owes allegiance to a foreign country … “

    In September 2000, Shawa was disciplined by the Manitoba Law Society for misappropriation of his client’s funds (1). He was suspended from practicing for one year and charged CA$10,000 costs. However, in February 2003 he was then prosecuted and convicted in the Manitoba Provincial Court over the same issue. His case is documented on a website which was set up to expose Shawa (2)

    In September 2008, Shawa was again dragged before a hearing of the Manitoba Law society (3). This time he was convicted of professional misconduct, once again fiddling about with money, and attempting fraud over state benefits. He was fined CA$5000, with the same again in costs, and handed a six month suspension from practicing, to start on 01-November. It would appear that Shawa then immediately left Canada, in time to campaign fraudulently in the May 2009 elections here in Malawi.

    It is highly likely that Shawa is a Canadian citizen. He went to that country around 1980, where he married and started a family who are still there. Canadian immigration rules allow a landed immigrant to apply for citizenship about 6 years after entering the country. It is inconceivable that being established with a family in Canada that he would not take advantage of the opportunity to become a citizen. Candidates for election as MPs are not allowed to be dual citizens.

    “ … a government that plunders and burglarizes its treasury, year in, year out is not a government of the people”

    Elsewhere on the internet there is a hint that Shawa could be a presidential candidate in 2019 for this new party. In a properly run country, such a deceitful individual would never be allowed to run for elected office. However, here in Malawi anything goes: in the 2014 elections we had jailed convict Davis Katsonga run fro president.

    (1) http://www.lawsociety.mb.ca/lawyer-regulation/discipline-case-digests/documents/2000/case_digest_00_03.pdf

    (2) http://badlawyer-wpg.tripod.com/

    (3) http://www.lawsociety.mb.ca/lawyer-regulation/discipline-case-digests/documents/2009/case_digest_09_04.pdf & http://caselaw.canada.globe24h.com/0/0/manitoba/manitoba-law-society-discipline-committee/2008/09/04/law-society-of-manitoba-v-shawa-2008-mbls-7.shtml

  21. Peter Nkosi says:

    “ … Shawa, a trained lawyer who was prosecuted in 2003 in Canada where he … admitted to stealing funds from clients …”

    Shawa was indeed convicted in Canada in 2003, and was therefore ineligible to stand for election in 2009. Section 51 of the Constitution states:

    “A person shall NOT be qualified to be nominated or elected as a Member of the Parliament if that person … has, within the last seven years, been convicted by a competent court of a crime involving dishonesty or moral turpitude … (or) …. owes allegiance to a foreign country … “

    In September 2000, Shawa was disciplined by the Manitoba Law Society for misappropriation of his client’s funds (1). He was suspended from practicing for one year and charged CA$10,000 costs. However, in February 2003 he was then prosecuted and convicted in the Manitoba Provincial Court over the same issue. His case is documented on a website which was set up to expose Shawa (2)

    In September 2008, Shawa was again dragged before a hearing of the Manitoba Law society (3). This time he was convicted of professional misconduct, once again fiddling about with money, and attempting fraud over state benefits. He was fined CA$5000, with the same again in costs, and handed a six month suspension from practicing, to start on 01-November. It would appear that Shawa then immediately left Canada, in time to campaign fraudulently in the May 2009 elections here in Malawi.

    It is highly likely that Shawa is a Canadian citizen. He went to that country around 1980, where he married and started a family who are still there. Canadian immigration rules allow a landed immigrant to apply for citizenship about 6 years after entering the country. It is inconceivable that being established with a family in Canada that he would not take advantage of the opportunity to become a citizen. Candidates for election as MPs are not allowed to be dual citizens.

    “ … a government that plunders and burglarizes its treasury, year in, year out is not a government of the people”

    Elsewhere on the internet there is a hint that Shawa could be a presidential candidate in 2019 for this new party. In a properly run country, such a deceitful individual would never be allowed to run for elected office. However, here in Malawi anything goes: in the 2014 elections we had jailed convict Davis Katsonga run fro president.

    (1) http://www.lawsociety.mb.ca/lawyer-regulation/discipline-case-digests/documents/2000/case_digest_00_03.pdf

    (2) http://badlawyer-wpg.tripod.com/

    (3) http://www.lawsociety.mb.ca/lawyer-regulation/discipline-case-digests/documents/2009/case_digest_09_04.pdf & http://caselaw.canada.globe24h.com/0/0/manitoba/manitoba-law-society-discipline-committee/2008/09/04/law-society-of-manitoba-v-shawa-2008-mbls-7.shtml

    1. wa ku Mitchesi kujaaaaa!!!! says:

      Peter Nkosi: Apa ndiye mwamujaila loya, olo “non-loya” Shawa.
      I have read the news on the attached websites. …and
      Shame on him; his actions were not a result of ignorance but greed, no less. He wasted so much goodwill of Canadians and betrayed them and his clients, personally. He could have retired “rich” in Malawi (by our standards), but now there is this dark cloud of theft, really, over his head everywhere he goes.
      When we are overseas we are often associated by our countries of origin. In a way, we are “ambassadors” whether we like it or not. Malawians are getting notoriety now in Canada, for criminal activity: one is languishing in prison for gruesome crimes, including murder of his own wife and her sister.
      Now that Shawa has been outed, he would be wise to kibosh his plans for the new party.
      I, for one, would have seriously considered joining his party, if it weren’t for this news.
      Ahhhhhhhh.

  22. kongooolo says:

    no need for any new party…jus t join one of the many out there… dyelaa basi….

  23. Nyoni says:

    Mbava ngati iwe angakakuvotele mndani! Zipani zinakwana kale, dyela bwanji atumbuka lowani mu pp ka

  24. helo says:

    Thetatement “prosecuted in Canada…for stealing funds” dents his whole image, new party and the rest of the story.

  25. kimwanza katambala says:

    nde mwati ananjatidwa chifukwa chakuba ndalama za client wake….mayooo! ndalama zanthu zamisonkho zija ziri pamoto

  26. Paulo says:

    Zomwe munaba ku Kanada sizinakukwanenitu. Mwatipeza a Malawi a tulo

  27. Kambwe says:

    No more matchonas or Diasporians in 2019 please

  28. Retired SC says:

    uku ndiye kutaya nthawi. wakubayu nkukhala mtsogoleri?

  29. Joloji says:

    Atumbuka tsopano

  30. macbeth mkango says:

    Time wasting. Ngati zachulika ndalama gulani chimanga mugawe kwa anthu. people will remember u better than kachipani ka mthumba

  31. Dwambazi says:

    We don’t need another thief

  32. Koma says:

    This reminds me when a wakuba akamugwila ana amati WAKUBAWYO WAKUBAYO. A Shaba chonde just eat and finish the money you store in Canada. Malawi yatopa ndi akuba ngati inu. Zauchitsilu. Kodi mukuwatenga a Malawi ngati opusa. Nganya mweeee just sit down.

  33. jolozakapokola says:

    You mean he is a thief? Hmmmmm

  34. peter chirwa says:

    Welcome hon shawa.we are ready to join u koma inu anyasatimes why are u attacking hon shawa saying he squandered client money.please stop castigating people do your job proffessionally if he was involved in crime he could not be mp or after the crime 7yrs passed for the crime thats why he was voted mp per malawi constution.anyatimes what Is the headline actually new party formed or paul shawa committed crime.mulembe ntchito anthu wophuzira coz u can be easily sued

  35. Munyane says:

    Sometimes our systems fail us how can a former convicted person be allowed to form a party.how can we trust this thief to lead multitudes of Malawians.You mean individual character is not scrutinised when registering parties.

  36. msena says:

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa inu zikuwakanika apita Ndiye inu Bola amai abwele amaaa Bwelani mutpulumtse ku ife

  37. vendor says:

    Kkkkkk interesting

  38. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Hahaha! Well written article!

    Wakhwiba uyu!

  39. newgeration says:

    the new geration is followong you no holds barred

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