Kabwila officially joins UTM after dumping MCP

Outspoken former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokeswoman Jessie Kabwila has officially joined UTM Party at a rally addressed by State Vice President Saulos Chilima at Kauma in Lilongwe Monday.

Kabwila speaking at a UTM rally at Kauma, in Lilongwe
Kaliati welcomes Kabwila at Kauma

UTM Secretary General Patricia Kaliati described the joining of Kabwila  – Salima North West parliamentarian -as ‘an early New Year’ gift.

“This is our early new year gift and we are grateful and we know that there are many more coming to join us,” said Kaliati.

Kabwila thanked UTM for “receiving me well”.

She said at the rally: “I do what my people tell me and the 108 areas in Salima North West have told me to come and join UTM. You see when one is walking in the wilderness, God shows you the right way and I am glad that God has shown me the way to join UTM.”

“I have realised that it is only the Vice  President Chilima  who is truly serious about women empowerment, just look at the positions that women got at the UTM convention and this is one of the reasons that have swayed me to join UTM,” added Kabwila.

He said Chilima has matured politically because of the hardships that he has undergone through the DPP administration.

“Instead of being vindictive, he is here to serve the people and offer them a better life through his transformative leadership and am here to offer my support so that UTM wins next year. They call me a machine and I want to assure you that this machine will work,” said Kabwila amid ululations from the huge crowd that attended the rally.

The former president of Chancellor College Academic Staff Union said she has joined UTM with  former leaders of MCP  from  60 areas from Chitala and Lipimbi wards in her constituencies .

Kabwila is renowned for  championing the struggle in defence of academic freedom in Malawi when she was university lecture before joining politics.

The battle for academic freedom started when the former police chief, Peter Mukhito, in 2011  summoned University of Malawi political science professor Blessings Chinsinga to account for a comment he made during a lecture. The action triggered protests that disrupted lecturers for a year.

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Ernie Sambo
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Ernie Sambo

The last time I heard her leave, she said it was because she was not being taken care of very well. There was nothing as women empowerment etc. She will still be one of a few ladies I respect. Intelligent and very much political bulldozer. One problem she has been confronted with and has failed miserably is the application of wisdom to frustration. I wish her well but I can presume that it will be the most disastrous decision she has ever made

Lilian Kaunda
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Lilian Kaunda

good riddamce. she joins the acidic tongued Kaliati, Chapola.

tman
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a bunch of failed politicians that make UTM,everybody with a family problem go join UTM please.

Mwinithengo Azidya Papakulu
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Mwinithengo Azidya Papakulu

I have to believe that this UTM is strongly becoming more like A Travelling Theatre.Just welcoming a bunch of failures and confused party.

Apumbwa
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Apumbwa

Wonderful news! we need more educated women in Malawi politics who can stand up to bullies, women who are comfortable in their own skin and have no problem speaking their minds or trying to be politically correct. The truth of the matter is that Malawians are intimidated by a woman with a strong personality, who can challenge them with facts, ……… Jessie I’m your cheerleader go for it girl!!!!

Alamu Pumani Mwakula kuba
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Nyasi zokhazokha in utm. Msowoya, Loveness Gondwe, Daniel Mlomo, Noel Masangwi, Patricia Kaliati, Ngalande, Foloma Mwale, Dzombe, Winnie Nyondo, Jesse Kabwila, Chidanti, etc

Toka
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Toka

Kabwira when have u realised that u were walking in the wilderness? After losing primary elections right?
Go well sister…. Analiponso mai Kate Kainja secretary general she left MCP and the party is stronger now than her time as SG. Matildas mukagwa pa masankho akubwerawa.

Toka
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Toka

Mutipeza mukagwa pamasankho akubwerawa

oMachemba
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oMachemba

I have on many occasions disparaged or rubbished Ms Kabwila, not as a person but because of the hubris she lugs around and the attention she endlessly seeks. But, now, I can’t help to feel sad for the way she looks: sad (definitely her body language says that much), and aged beyond her chronological dating. The lady thought she would be thriving in greener pastures of politics after taking her sabbatical at Chirunga. Wrong! Little did she know the cutthroat politics at national level compared to the amateurish campus politics. Can’t help but just wonder if Kaliati and Kalista were… Read more »

mark
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mark

KKKKKKKK AWA SUKULU SIYINAWATHANDIZE……..

Mdyomba
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Mdyomba

Bola mudzakwanitse za kukhoti, samachedwa kuwukira mai amenewa I take you to court. Ndiye with Kaliati I don’t know how u will manage them not forgetting Carista Munthalika.
Tsoka mtunda ndi nyanja poti woipayo watsikira kumeneko.