Joyce Banda touts Jerry Jana: Better running mate than other ‘combination of nyusesi’

Former president and Peoples Party (PP) leader Joyce Banda  has said  her choice of former chief executive officer for the grain marketer Admarc  as her running mate  was made after thorough consultations.

Joyce Banda and her running mate Jerry Jana
Jana: Addressing a PPrally in Chikwawa

Banda’s remarks come after she had earlier on  told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that she would not compete in the forth oming elections giving way to UTM party leader Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima in an electoral alliance between her PP and the UTM before she pulled out four days later.

Speaking on Tuesday tothousands of supporters who attended her political rally she held in the area of traditional authority (T/A) Mlilima’s area in Chikwawa, Banda said: “I would like to start first by introducing my running mate to you. I can challenge that of all the running mates, he is the best running mate ever.”.

His first degree is in forestry management and then he did Masters degree in Business Management and went further to do Phd in management and he once headed the Malawi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCI). He was also Malawian ambassador to the European Union (EU).

“Therefore, I did not just wake up and name him my running mate for the sake of it as I know that running a country is a very serious business,” Banda said.

Banda remarks comes after the country has been hyped with issues surrounding runningmates picked by Presidential aspirants ahead of the May 21 polls.

The discussion has mainly hinged on qualifications, experience and political muscle of the chosen ones, knowing fully well that a runningmate is a Vice President in waiting and might further be Head of State in future.

According to his factfile verified by PP, Jana,  was born in 1947 in Chikwawa District. Among his academic and professional qualifications are doctorate degree in management obtained from American Cosmopolitan University, Master in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Leeds and Bachelor of Science in Forestry from University of British Columbia.

His career span has seen him work as Deputy CEO (Viphya Pulp and Paper Corporation), CEO(Wood Industries Corporation), CEO( Malawi Chamber Of Commerce and Industries), CEO at ADMARC.

At one time Dr Jana served in the diplomatic post as Malawi’s Ambassador to  Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.

His immense experience and academic prowess has seen him appointed to various boards such as Chairman( Press Corporation Ltd); Chairman ( Malawi Development Corporation); Chairman(Tourism Development Investment Company – Sunbird) and many Board appointments.

It is this kind of impeccable track record and his pairing with global leader Joyce Banda that makes PP ticket appealing  to voters in  the May 21 polls.

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Achiswe
2 years ago

The simple fact that JB is running for President after deserting her country for four years and only returning a few months before the elections is ample proof that she is unfit to assume such an important office. If she really cared about the people of Malawi, she would not have run away after losing the last election. In any case she only became President in 2012 by default as it were; she just happened to be Vice President at the time. One also has to wonder where she gets the funds from to run her present campaign.

Tsogolo langa
Tsogolo langa
2 years ago

Malawians are not impressed with Joyce Banda’s international record, that is for ” azungu” ……..we want somebody who has the best interest of Malawians at heart, we want a true selfless, young , energetic leadership…….

Unami
Unami
2 years ago

We really don’t care what the world thinks of CASHGATE Joyce Banda, what matters is how Malawians perceive her!!!! unfortunately ……. a thief, a self centered coward who will desert her countrymen/women when things get tough

Unami
Unami
2 years ago

Google Search and other search engines cant’t find American Cosmopolitan University……….kikikikikikikkikkik…….Amayi mwayamba mabodza in addition to CASHGATE

Tsogolo langa
Tsogolo langa
2 years ago

Amayiwo 68 yrs old , Abambowo 72 years old ………iyayi, iyayi, mwakula Azigogo……. go take care of your grand-children and enjoy the remainder of your lives

mtete
mtete
2 years ago

They say “You will never have a second chance to make a first impression”. You blew it madam between 2012 &2014. You can’t make it this time round; whether on your own or with Tom and Jerry.

Fact check
Fact check
2 years ago

American Cosmopolitan University is non existent!…………..🤣🤣🤣🤣

Kingmfumu
Kingmfumu
2 years ago
Reply to  Fact check

Malawians and their love for PhDs :). Are we that insecure that we have to rely on fake papers to boost our confidence?????

Unami
Unami
2 years ago
Reply to  Kingmfumu

Ndipo! amangolandila without shame!…. kodi sangakane kuti sukulu sindinaphunzire musandipatse PhD????

Gertrude
Gertrude
2 years ago

Not impressed!………..nkhalamba team!😀😀😀

Chikulirenji
Chikulirenji
2 years ago

Are they a couple????……Madala team

Maliseche
Maliseche
2 years ago

JB is synonymous with CASHGATE no matter how you spin it! …….every time I see or hear her I think about CASHGATE

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