Malawi academic activist Jessie Kabwira backs Kapito on protests

Former president of the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College Academic Staff Union, Jessie Kabwila says she strongly rallies behind the idea of holding peaceful mass demonstration against President Joyce Banda’s administration failure to address current economic challenges.

Kabwira said this on Thursday inside Capital Radio’s Straight Talk programme which was monitored by Nyasa Times.

Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) through its boss the outspoken John Kapito is organising a march protest to be held in January as a wakeup call to the Banda administration whose performance are judged to be below par.

According to the academician, Malawi is going through the same problems that led to the July 20, 2011 massive peaceful march against the leadership of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika.

Kabwila-Kapasula: To go on the streets

“I am very much in support for the calls for people to demonstrate” said Kabwira who opted to be addressed as Jessie Kabwira not Jessie Kabwira Kapasula as it used to be without elaborating what has happened.

She said demonstrations act as a tool of voicing out concerns.

The  fearless activist  said during the previous July 20 demonstrations, despite losing
innocent lives of people who were reported to have been shot by Police, the protests “opened avenues of communication” with the former president late Mutharika.

“What we wanted was the ability to speak” she said.

She however expressed concern with other people who were responsible in organising the previous demonstrations for being in the fore front this time around critisizing fellow organising committee for deciding to stage another demonstration.

Kabwila said shortage of fuel and poor run of the Fertilizer Input Subsidised programme (FISP) as some of the concerns.

Joining politics?

When a question was posed on her whether she has intentions of joining politics, Kabwila said she already do politics only that it depend on how people define the word politics.

She said at the moment, no one has ever convinced her to do party politics.

“At the moment, I have not found someone convincing me enough to join politics (party),” said Kabwila.

She has however vowed to continue offering checks and balances to government

But she has urged President not to look at her as a foe.

She advised President Banda to be careful when discharging her duties saying: “If she does not handle it well, she will close all the doors for all women” in the future.

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