Kabwila campaign for ‘Akweni’, says Kaliati is political heavyweight

Chairperson for the Women Parliamentary Caucus, Jessie Kabwila has   saluted former cabinet minister Kaliati ‘Akweni’ Kaliati calling her a political heavyweight and commended fellow women parliamentarians for initiating various development projects aimed at improving the living standards of their communities.

Kabwila (right) with Kaliati: Unity of purpose

Kabwila (right) drums up support for Kaliati in Mulanje West constituency

Kabwila, who is Malawi’s main opposition party Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Member of Parliament said this on Wednesday  after members of Parliament Women Caucus visited Kaliati’s Mulanje West Constituency as part of promoting women to win elections.

“I would like to make this clear. I am MCP in every aspect and right now I have my party flags but I would like to appeal to people of Mulanje West to vote for Akweni Patricia Kaliati because she has contributed a lot to the development of this area over years,” Kabwila said.

“Kaliati and I are political heavyweights. We are actually fullbacks of our parties that’s why men hate us.”

Kaliati is  director of women in the the governing Democrtaic Progressive Party (DPP).

She  commended the female MPs for working tirelessly to ensure that the communities they are serving have access to basic social amenities.

“What I have observed is that female legislators are doing exceptionally well in their constituencies as compared to male counterparts. They have a vision on how to develop their areas,” Kabwila  noted.

She added the progress female legislators are making has compelled the caucus to move around the country in female held constituencies to give them the unwavering support for the 2019 elections.

“The women caucus of parliament will support all serving female legislators to retain their seats during the 2019 polls. We hope with what they have achieved, they will retain their seats,” Kabwila declared adding even aspiring women candidates will be assisted.

She also said there was no rivalry between the two as alleged saying they only differ on party issue policies but they have something in common when it comes to fighting for gender and children welfare.

“People should realise that there’s no enmity at all because we fight for a common cause.”

She also said Kaliati is a political icon and has inspired many women to weather the political storm in the male-dominated field.

Kaliati commended the former University of Malawi academic for being the champion of fighting for gender equality.

“I would like to say that there is a misconception that Dr Kabwila and I are bitter enemies. But as you can see we are together eating together fighting for our shared vision.” Kaliati said.

She described the visit by fellow female legislators to her constituency as a timely morale booster as she vies for the fifth term.

During the visit, the members of the Caucus toured Mulunguzi irrigation scheme where disease free bananas suckers are raised, school blocks at Malundu, Chimamezi and Chidziwe school primary funded by DFID and Thumbwe Bridge among others.

Pan-Civic Education Network (PACENET) Executive Director, Steve Duwa has hailed the initiative saying this would indeed help them to retain their seats in 2019 polls.


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My question is why dont we see all women MPs putting on their party colours as Patricia Kaliati has done? Again, supportinng women just because they are women is not enough. Women should be elected on merit. Or else we just need a constitutional review where every district should nominate a women representative to the parliament etc. As an MCP MP you cannot say vote for this woman or that…What if another Woman wants to contest against Kaliati? What will you say? What if that women candidate is from MCP?


Thats true Patricia Kaliati is a heavy weight but Jessie phuma phuma

Petro Njilagoma

That’s the spirit that we Malawians needs to develop our country bravo ladies


Great to see Jessie Kabwila supporting Patricia Kaliati. This is how women should work. The future is there for women to take up decision making positions, become professionals and entrepreneurs. Men have ruled us all these years and they have FAILED. Women should be strong and speak their mind without fearing that they will be seen to be aggressive. If women work together, they will succeed and help develop this poor country – lomwe amuna a ndevu zawo akukanika kulitukula.

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Ndiye Akweniwo tawaonani mene ayiphwanyira nkhopeyo kumakhala ngatitu chi m’phika cha kalongondatu atagonekera khosi ati kunvesesrera ndi chidwi kikikikikiki kumaonekatu ngati Anawagwiririra ndiye ali kwa amfumu kumilandu komano milanduyo akuiluza pomwe olakwiridwa ndi iwowo amamaine taonani .


This type of comments are retrogressive and will not assist u in anyway. If you dont have business pls just shut up! What u have said here is what urself are. Remember the word of God says love ur neighbor as u love urself. My friend lets be constructive we are one as malawi!!

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Can Mulanje go for Chakwera because of Manganya? Is Manganya a favourite in the whole Mulanje district or just a certain area in his constituency? Even if people vote for him as an MP do you think the MP votes will go to Chakwera? Tamazitsatani ndale za pa Malawi inu a MCP. That’s why you have been failing in five elections because maso a ndale mulibe ayi. Do you think you can take Mulanje because of Tikuferanji?

Things change with time, it was not like this in 1999, political landscape is affected by many factors, one of them is education, the more the people get education in the area the more critical they become, another is financial, the more the pipo become financially stable the more they become critical and radical, so at the mean time nobody knows what is inside the mind of MULANJEANS, Will this status quo remain like this in MULANJE for the next 2 years, nobody knows, we have seen some signs of change in the behaviour of MULANJEANS, THE ISSUE of the… Read more »

Rush to mzimba north east and save olipa muyaba from the jaws of sharks. That is, if you can.


Mayi Kabwira, your are digging your own political grave and i am sure you will fall during Convention and Primaries because you do not make an alliance with a dragon


I can see some sort of GBV in Kabwila’s speech. Is she aware that such careless statements could dent her already diminishing political career?

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