Firebrand politician and Salima North West Constituency parliamentarian, Jessie Kabwila, was Saturday officially unveiled as UTM party parliamentary candidate for the constituency in the forthcoming elections at a rally at Siyasiya trading centre in the district that was graced by the party’s leader Saulos Chilima.
Kabwila recently ditched opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) where she was once the party’s publicity secretary to join UTM where she won the last week’s primaries unopposed.
Speaking with her unmistakable charisma, Kabwila said she felt home being at UTM and pledged to help the party take over the next government.
“People know me as ‘the machine’ here because of the hard work for my people. I am still ‘the machine’ and I will never get intimidated. I will remain the machine,” said Kabwila.
According to Kabwila, it is because of her closeness to her constituents that makes her popular.
“People here are always against anyone who is against Jessie,” she bragged amid shouts of agreement.
She then hailed Chilima for his messages of hope to the Malawian people.
“You’ve shown that you are development conscious, and are willing to support anyone who is willing to share your dreams of transforming this nation,” she said.
Speaking earlier, Speaker of Parliament, Richard Msowoya, described Kabwila as one of the legislators in the House that contribute to intelligent debate.
“Actually, parliament would be lukewarm without her,” said Msowoya.
Msowoya, who was also MCP, asked the people of Salima to support Chilima like other regions.
“For example, people from the whole northern region have already rallied behind UTM,” he said.