Within 2 weeks of first hearing about him in February, 2009, I traced him and he agreed to be interviewed for Trans World Radio (TWR’s) Exclusive Our Guest Programme. He announced his candidature on the presidency and to do so without a party. He brought a new debate to the elections that time as he competed against 6 other candidates.
For some reason, he started calling me “mwanavuli Victor” (the man) whatever that meant to him. Due to my work and many other factors, I wanted to keep as much distance as possible from him. But the more I tried, the more he seemed to still manage to locate me.
One time he gave me a book Three Secular Reasons why America should be Under God written by William J. Federer but dedicated to him. I should admit I started taking him more seriously when I got that book. Around April 2009 when he was threatened by arrests, he called me simply to share the news and possibly needing some encouragement. During the entire election period, he remained calm but confident.
By January 2014 in preparation for the May 20 Tripartite Elections, he had National Salvation Front (NASAF). Now he was not ready to run as an independent candidate-one with no party. He again tried his best to pull through the establishment of a party in the year or two earlier. The Presidential debates gave him a national platform to be seen and share his vision. No one that watched him could forget his views on Malawi’s future.
He shared his dreams and plans of turning Chitipa Boma into a boundary city. I saw the plans and was impressed by the intention. So when he said he was to contest as an MP for Chitipa Central, I understood his heart. In 2009, he contested in Lilongwe and lost.
He was a very humble and human. He talked about his own weaknesses and strengths, shared some of the challenges in politics. Most of all he shared his frustrations at how the government was ran. I just listened. One time around 2012 he wanted to buy airtime on TWR so that he could be preaching God’s Word. He said that he was a Child of God and as his servant, he needed to share with others the love of God.
He surprised us one time when he asked for directions to our house-simply to visit us. We were honoured to have someone who had stood as an independent presidential candidate in 2009 under our roof. This was to be for a few minutes as he was to travel to Mzuzu that day. We feared the unknown. Little did we know that here was someone who liked clean politics and treasured Christian friends who also followed electoral events.
I interviewed James a couple of times in light of his political, servant-hood and personal life. I am hoping someone will rise up to carry on the dreams of James Nyondo. I last interviewed on his birthday 14 May 2014. So far I can boldly say Malawians failed him because of regionalism and tribalism.
He was a family man. My heart especially goes out to Brenda and children including Mulisya. May God of all comfort be there for you.
He talked about his book titled Absolute Integrity: The Bridge to Destiny available onAmazon and other bookshops.
I will miss James not because he was the first presidential candidate from Fort Hill or because of his political philosophy, no. But because of his personality based on Christ. No wonder that party has the term Salvation! Yes I know your soul is resting in peace because you knew Christ.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :