DPP pressures SDA Church over Manganya’s political ambitions

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) top brass have ganged up against Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) Country Director Michael Usi, using their political powers to have him fired from his position.

Usi: Nursing political ambitions

The party has forged war against Usi due to his continued critic of government and President Peter Mutharika’s leadership.

Usi, popularly known by his comedy name Manganya, has never minced words about Mutharika’s inability to govern and steer the country out of the social and economic turmoil it is facing.

And this has never gone well with some factions in DPP’s executive, and some of its top generals who happen to be Seventh Day Adventist members have started pressuring the church to fire Usi on grounds that he harbors political ambitions.

Nyasa Times can reveal that the party has been demanding Malawi Union Conference of Seventh Day Adventist president pastor Frackson Kuyama to let off Usi or government will cut ties with the church and its agencies including ADRA.

Kuyama feigned ignorance when interviewed but Nyasa Times’ verified information revealed that he has on several occasions been meeting some DPP officials including Mulanje Central Parliamentarian Kondwani Nankhumwa over Usi’s unconfirmed political ambitions.

Recently, DPP led by its former acting Secretary General, Francis Mphepo intimidated some chiefs in Nsanje district following a medical donation Usi made on Christmas Day at Nsanje District Hospital.

Usi on Christmas Day cheered up patients at Nsanje District Hospital and donated assorted drugs worth about K3 million aside from handing out assorted food stuffs and cash to sick and needy patients. He also took time to help clean hospital wards.

The donation of drugs came at a time the country’s hospitals are experience drug and medical supply shortage.

And the development has not gone well within the ruling party and its officials have decided to take on chiefs for allowing such donation to be made at the hospital, arguing it undermined the party and its leader President Peter Mutharika.

Recently, Usi has been linked with several political groupings .

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28 thoughts on “DPP pressures SDA Church over Manganya’s political ambitions”

  1. tman says:

    Sometimes some Malawians have backward thinking,Manganya what kind of politics can he do? Its like combining him with Kalua.Yes a comedian government.Sometimes we think we are popular but the oppossite is true.Do Tikuferanji Mr Manganyu otherwise you will lose whatever u have gained.You shall be blocked from any of your operations.My advice is free,take it or leave it,this is Malawi Politics

  2. chizaso says:

    Most of Malawians belong to religious groups, seperating religion and politics is accepting the devils to rule over the people of God. We need God fearing leaders, if we seperate politics and religion how do we expect to have such leaders? The saying that politics and religion should be seperated is the polished lie from the devil so that the minor unrligious bad group of people should be given opportunity to rule over the ignorant large God fearing group . If politics is evil then i don`t think we need politicians to rule us.

  3. mwera says:

    Akulu ampingo a sethday ndi ofooka komanso amantha . manganya sanalakwe kodi kupereka chithandizo cha mankhwala ndi kuzuzula bboma pazomwe likulakwisa ndi ku lakwa? keep up manganya God is in your side.

  4. Mwitiwa says:

    The separation of the state and the church has always remained the true basis of true freedom in ancient and modern democracies. When the state begins to meddle in the affairs of the church, what follows is persecution. Read the history of the western world. Read also the history of the formation of the united states of America and how the liberties were fashioned to guide their affairs. The church too must be so circumspect in as far as providing checks and balances is concerned. When those in church positions begin to harbor ambitions and inner/central interests in politics, then the mission of the church fails and is tantamount to lead the gospel to shame and disrepute. Hence, I suggest that DPP led government should leave the SDA Church in the name of ADRA to practice their constitutional religious liberty and continue to contribute positively to the development of Malawi. The SDA Church too in the name Mr. Michael Usi should check how they are practising their religious liberty. I am an Adventist by faith and I know our philosophy in as far as church and politics are concerned. Hence, I advise Mr Usi to critically at how his personal political philosophy is coming into conflict with the church’s political philosophy. I see alot of misrepresetation in Mr. Usi’ political attitude. I rest my case. Who is me to judge?

  5. watchout says:

    My brother or sister Hartom though I respect your opinion that God will cut ties with Government, you seem to be confused on this issue. What people should know is that every religious organization has principles and rules that governs them. Eg Roman catholic principles or rules differ form SDA church rules etc
    if you are not sure check with any local pastor of the SDA church on this and will tell you what it is
    Know this: SDA CHURCH does not allow their workers to take up political POSITIONS whether be a teacher in SDA schools whoever is paid by the church organization
    you check SDA church manual, SDA working policy, or ministers manual will tell you all these. If not satisfied ask from the Union of sda church, Division in South Africa or General conference in USA
    That’s why I respect Rev Chakwera he stepped form being the leader of the church and joined politics not from his church membership
    With brother USI THE BOITTOM LINE IS IF HE WANTS TO JOIN POLITICS LET HIM RESIGN FROM CHURCH POSITION AND BE A MERE CHRISTIAN

  6. paolo says:

    Unfortunately,many organizations hide themselves behind religion to do harm and not good. In fact,Seventh Day Adventist has been founded by some people involved in occultism in order to cheat people and not to help them. They use the Bible,but they are very far from JESUS and the truth. May the Grace and the Love of God set us free from deception,sin and hell.

  7. Chidanti Mulumbe Chaponda says:

    Ine bwanji ndikhale mbuli pankhani zangati izi.

  8. Hatton says:

    I agree with Cymru, cutting ties with the Church is cutting ties with God and one should not expect success. Leaving church work is also leaving God choncho u pulezidenti sungatheke, simungawine. Abusa a Chakwera muzimvere mu mtolo.

    I also agree with Mbewe that it is not good to summon church leaders to reprimand them on political issues. A MCP anaitanitsa ndi kuzunza Ma bishopu a chikatolika chifukwa Cha pastoral letter ya 1992. Mukukumbukira mai Manjankhosi amafuna kuwakodzera malemu Chiona mkamwa. tangoganizani Munthu wa mai kuvula kabudula wamkati, kukhanyula miyendo ndi kuyamba kutaila madzi mkamwa mwa a Chiona.
    Mpaka Leto a Chakwera sanadzudzule khalidwe loipa la MCP lotele.

  9. brito says:

    olo masiku a Davide Mulungu amatumiza anthu ozuzula msogoleri ,chofunikira ndi kusintha tonse sitingapasidwe mphatso yodzudzula, manganya akuyankhulira omwetiribemphatsofe.Kaya mumpingo kayaboma aliyense amve chizuzulo,chofunika ndikusinthabasi.

  10. Hatton says:

    The Patriot, where were you when Chakwera was politically canstrating Jumbe, Njobvuyalema, Kabwila, Chatinkha and others? What was their crime? Was it not that they challenged abusa a Chakwera? Mr or Mrs Patriot please advise mbusa Chakwera first, then you will be considered neutral.

    1. Finye says:

      Kodi Chakwera zamukhudzila pati za Manganya?

      Simumagona naye tulo ameneyu eti?
      Ndiye simunati alipo ndipo alamulira Malawi 2019, mwatsala nokha mkagulu ka anthu ochepa omwe sakudziwa za izi

  11. concerned citizen says:

    This country belongs to all of us Malawians . We can not sit idle, looking when all these bad things are happening in our country.. The DPP should always remember that we gave them mandate to govern not to oppress or intimidate Malawians. They should know that come 2019 ali mmadzi and nchito za manja awo zidzayamba kuwatsatira. to answer to the nation the wrongs they are doing now

  12. james wilson says:

    You cannot mix politics and religious activities. Manganya is doing active politics. He must choose one thing.

    1. kabononkhola says:

      Kusamvetsa, Manganya is not in active full time ministry he only works for the churchs NGO, ADRA. He is not a pastor and yake ndi ntchito not mayitanidwe

  13. Ngwenyama says:

    Interesting Comments and my observation (with reservation and subject to ……………………..by many)
    1. He is a Malawian and therefore deserves to express his opinion to serve.
    2. He has not openly announced his candidacy to any political party
    3. Was it wrong for him to assist the needy, isn’t that the government’s plea????
    4. Does SDA as some have commented restrict charity work and undermine James’ commission for the best religion?
    5. He has done it as an ADRA worker, doesn’t the employer know their job description?
    6. What does ADRA mean?

  14. chisoni wa chisoni says:

    HOW IS MALAWI TO DEVELOP IF IT CANNOT ACCOMMODATE OTHER CITIZENS TO CONTRIBUTE IN THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRY.

    IF GOVERNMENT DOES NOT WANT OTHER GOOD CITIZENS TO HELP THE NEEDY THEN IT, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ENSURE THAT IT PROVIDES THE CITIZEN THE NECESSARY THINGS LIKE MEDICINES, STATE OF THE ART MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, GOOD SCHOOLS, GOOD ROADS, PAY WORKERS ON TIME, AFFORDABLE MAIZE AND OTHER FOOD STUFF, POWER EVERYDAY ALL DAY, WATER EVERYDAY ALL DAY AT AFFORDABLE RATES NOT THE CURRENT EXORBITANT RATES, MAKE THE ECONOMY BETTER FOR MALAWIANS, THE LIST IS ENDLESS. ONLY IF GOVERNMENT CAN DO THAT THEN IT CAN STOP INDIVIDUALS LIKE USI WHO HAS A HEART FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO DONATE TO THE NEEDY.

    STOP CHEAP, ARCHAIC POLITICS AND DO TH NEEDFUL FOR MALAWIANS WHO ARE GETTING POORER AND POORER EACH PASSING DAY. CAN YOU NOT SEE THAT YOU DEVILS?

    LEAVE USI AND ALL THOSE WHO WANT TO HELP POOR MALAWIANS TO DO SO BECAUSE GOD IS ALWAYS HAPPY WITH PEOPLE WHO SHOW CONCERN FOR OTHERS.

    KEEP ON ASSISTING USI. WHERE ARE YOU DONATING NEXT SO WE CAN ACCOMPANY YOU AND ADD A LITTLE SOMETHING AND SHAME THESE DEVILS.

  15. Radson Mponda says:

    Bona losafunila anthu ake zabwino.

  16. Tione says:

    Apatu inu a DPP mwasonyeza ugalu wanu. Mumanena kuti tisalekere boma lokha kuthandiza anthu ovutika. Sindikudziwa kuti mumatanthauza ndani woti athandizeyo chikhalirecho inu a Nakhumwa mungokhala phwiii ndi kuba misonkho yathu koma osachitapo kanthu. Zimakukondani anthu akamavutika eti? Manganya siwoyamba wampingo kuthandiza anthu komanso kunena kuti president wanuyo akulephera. Akamuchotsa ntchito ndiye inu mukondwera? Inu vuto lanu ndi chiyani? Kodi muzipanimu mulibe anthu amipingo ina omwe amathandiza komanso kunena zakulephera kwa Mathanyulayo? Mulungu akukantheni ndi lupanga lakuthwa anthu oipa moyo ndi odzikonda ngati inu!

  17. Those who don’t know the governing principles of seventh day Adventist church Pease don’t bring your negative comments on this you will embarrass myself
    Ian one of the elders of sda CHURCH
    From the past to the present those who are in high and influential positions are not allowed to take leading positions in political arena
    Therefore manganya should not be fired but he should resign gracefully. We have been watching this too long and enough is enough. He can’t serve too master’s st a time
    Pastor Kuyama should take a quick and decisive action on this. If he is,afraid we as sda Members will take action.
    Data is an abbreviation if Adventist
    Please manganya resign and join politics. Chakwera resigned from church position we commend him for that. Why not manganya he should immediately do likewise .Dpp is right nobody should blame Dpp

    1. mike Jones says:

      Has Manganya made any announcement that he wants to stand or join politics?You have to be careful with what you say.Making a donation does not mean one is trying to buy political miles.

  18. The Partriot says:

    Abale,since when has harbouring Presidential ambitions become a crime?
    Amangwetu a DPP, any Malawian has the right to harbour ambitions of becoming a top leader….bvuto lanu ndi chani?Do you think APM will rule forever??
    This nonsense of stopping ambitious people or government critics from aiding the poor , the sick or hungry MUST STOP!!
    Kaya Bushiri , kapena Manganya , it does not matter. They are both Malawians and have the right to help fellow Malawians!! Manyazi mulibe??

  19. Satha M says:

    In fact just let Manganya go and leave the position for someone who deserves the post, the leaders of the church need not to be told by the gov, ADRA is Adventist Relief Agency, relief not in political sense but relief in terms of being a helping hand to the communities.

  20. Msulu says:

    MANTHA WITH ONE PERSON? THE WHOLE POLITICAL PARTY FEARING ONE PERSON. WHAT TYPE OF PEOPLE ARE YOU? YOU ARE LOSING IN 2019!!!

  21. cymru says:

    If the story is true it is not only primitive but unfortunate. Let the church accepts if government wants to cut ties. The church belongs to God and if government cuts ties it is cutting ties with God. Then let us see what happens.

  22. Kasumbadedza says:

    mbuzi zanthu izi kodi muyesa dziko lino lanu?

  23. Mbewe says:

    Thea r politicians in SDA,yes,bt the church has no political tune,lane,thea4 its not gd to sumon church leader for political hearing.let manganya alone n church seperate.period.

  24. Akosye Alimanye says:

    I’d like to caution DPP’s top brass to leave Michael Usi alone. Last time I checked our Constitution, I never saw an amendment removing our freedom of speech. Instead, we’d appeal to sensible citizens like Usi and the likes of Allan Ntata to speak strongly against state capture by the ruling Mafia cabal present in the highest echelons of power in our beloved Republic.

    For how long will these people continue to rape our country? Go, Michael, go, Malawi is 101% behind you all the way!!!!

    1. Dongoliya Marevoni says:

      It is unfortunate that people are dragging the SDA church in political mud. The church, for your information, does not engage or interfere in political activities in any way. It’s focus is on Good News that will lead people to salvation, period. Whoever is a member to the church and decides to participate in politics does so in his own individual right and his choice has nothing to do with the church hence no need to grill the church leadership on their members’ political affiliation or participation. Further to this, ADRA is an NGO under the church which employs people of different denominations and questioning political affiliation of such employees on the church leadership would be misplaced. In conclusion, I advise that the church should be left alone and political issues, if any, with Manganya or any other person from ADRA should be sorted out with them as individuals.

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