Hellen Chabunya dumps MCP to join UTM: ‘I would like to champion Chilima’s presidential bid’

Lilongwe-based Hellen Chabunya has resigned as Director of Recruitment in the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and withdrawn her membership to join newly formed UTM of State Vice-President Saulos Chilima.

Hellen Chabunya: Quits as Director of Recruitment for MCP and now in UTM

“Chilima’s solid performance and proven leadership skills coupled with his policies and proposed solutions for resonate well with my vision of the   Malawi I want my children to grow up in,” Chabunya told Nyasa Times.

Before joining maninstream politics in MCP, Chabunya was head of political and public affairs for the British High Commission.

She has previously worked for the Malawi Government in the Local Development Fund as a development communications specialist, and also Auction Holdings Commodity Exchange and Millenium Challenge Account Malawi.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, Chabunya said she relates to Chilima who left a successful career as business executive to serve.

“I relate to this calling and made the decision to leave the comfort of secure employment to start my political journey. As for the future, It has to be about faith and   obedience to what God has placed on your heart and for me, I would like to champion Dr. Chilima’s presidential bid,” she said.

Squarely focused on effecting positive change for Malawi, Chabunya advises that everyone can do something to bring positive change to Malawi.

“I love Malawi and I am greatly opposed to our current reality. We need more Malawian’s  -young and old – to step up. There are many capable Malawian’s who restrict their political participation to social media, the dinner table and political gossip. This is not helping, our ancestor when considering politics had to contend with the real possibility of death, presently you will be required to make sacrifice’s for your country but surely should not be a deterrent,” she said.

Chabunya said she is still aspiring to becouncillor for Chigoneka Ward in Lilongwe, saying her dream is to use her social capital in the international space and her training, to create a model developmental ward at Chigoneka.

“ I have lived in Area 47 for 30 years, I love my community  and have been working with my community leaders long before I decided to run for office. Additionally my passion is for local government, I believe that if the country is to develop we need to get our local councils functioning properly,” she told Nyasa Times.

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The ambitious young woman is married to Harris Chabunya and together they have a son Hadriel, and a daughter, Hannah.

She lost her mother, Jane Zalira when she was five; and her father, the late John Zalira was an enterprising man who ran various businesses, but was mainly a farmer. Somehow she has inherited his passion for farming.

 

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Odala
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Odala

Did she also break the “stupid ” federation?

Tsogolo langa
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Tsogolo langa

Great move, lets paint Malawi RED!!!!, beautiful im excited, im loving it

Mwachepa
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Mwachepa

Smart woman!!!

Mutharika Nyapapi Ngorongoriwa
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Mutharika Nyapapi Ngorongoriwa

I don’t know this so called Hellen Chabunya but I think she will regret big time. Joining the DPP team B at this moment? This woman is NOT serious. She will regret big time. Tell me anyone who has ever dumped MCP and come out to be a successful politician apart from Muluzi????

Beholder
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Beholder

She’s very intelligent yes with a wrong choice. Chilima has no moral conviction to serve Malawians but only the razzmatazz with executive arrogance. She’ll wake up to this reality one day!

Gulukunyinda
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Gulukunyinda

She wants free nominations fees from UTM. You will not win. Mark my words.

BigMan
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BigMan

Good choice, soin Chakwera himself will follow his NEC to UTM.

Mwananyanian
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Mwananyanian

That’s a cheeky comment apa Bwana. It actually made me laugh.
Hey, what you wrote about Chakwera could be true. Who knows what goes on in the world of weird Malawi politics?

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

UTM will manage to have some MPs here and there but to say it will win next years general election is a fantasy. Whether we like it or not the race is between MCP and DPP.

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

only 21st May 2019 will tell anything can happen u don’t know the future u just guessing! this factual.

mathona
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mathona

Mwabetsa muzaziwona May 2019. Had i known will always be a regret. All the best

Dumisani
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Dumisani

She is great thinker she knows what she’s doing

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