Karim unsung political gladiator for MCP in the south – Analysts

Political analyst have pointed out that Malawi Congress Party(MCP) legislator for  Chikwawa South Constituency who is also the party’s deputy director of research, Elias Karim is the unheralded political gladiator for the party in the southern region.

Ellis Karim, MCP legislator and political giant in the south

Since the death of Mohammed Sidik Mia,  who was the force which immensely contributed to the success of Africa’s first opposition coalition to defeat a sitting president in a court-sanctioned repeat election, there have been questions of who would be another political giant in the southern region.

While Mia’s wife, Abid Mia, is a firebrand politician in her own right, analysts have noted that Karim is unsung hero who won against all odds in the 2019 elections on MCP ticket and was also instrumental to expose rigging in some constituencies which led to the court’s nullification.

And Karim was spearheading the by-elections campaign that MCP won the two seats on March 31 2021 – Nsanje north and Nsanje central  constituencies.

Late Mo Mia  died with ‘the Shire Valley giant’  tag left by the late Gwanda Chakuamba, who helped MCP win all parliamentary seats in Nsanje in 1994.

Political commentator Ernest Thindwa, a lecturer at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, said Mia may not  have been in the same league as Chakuamba, but he made MCP look bigger than its Central Region stronghold.

However, he said Karim has the attributes to be a political giant for MCP considering he is a good orator and the party’s link to the Muslim  community as was Mia.

University of Livingstonia political scientist George Phiri said Karim is one of the politicians that MCP can bank on for its growth in the southern region.

“He is youthful and has grassroots connection,” he said.

Karim’s political status would be raised if President Lazarus Chakwera could name him in the Cabinet either as deputy minister or a ministerial position.

On MCP’s gains in Enock Chizuzu winner in Nsanje North Constituency  and  Kafandikhale Mandevana winner in Nsanje Central Constituency, political analysts said they needed time to grow in the party politics to be considered as heavyweights.

The analysts cautioned appointing Chizuzu and Mandevana in cabinet when they have just been elected to the House – of course with Karim as their kingmaker.

Chizuzu’s character is riddled with controversy as he has criminal cases on tax evasion while Mandevana is a rookie parliamentarian.

President Chakwera is set to make first Cabinet reshuffle since winning the court-sanctioned fresh presidential election held on June 23 2020.

Political analyst Mustapha Hussein of Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, said he expects Chakwera to assemble a strong team.

In the new Cabinet, the President is also expected to make replacements for two portfolios—Transport and Public Works and Local Government—which fell vacant in January after their respective holders Mohammed Sidik Mia and Lingson Belekanyama succumbed to Covid-19.

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Abiya Luya
Abiya Luya
18 days ago

He should tell people to wear masks. That is good and basic leadership

I am not a lawyer
I am not a lawyer
18 days ago

Positioning a Mia relation to replace him in cabinet….. And like the mercenaries they are nyasa times at it again

Chokwadu
Chokwadu
18 days ago

So you have sent to do their bidding. Mcp is an central region party and Chakwera is deating because he had to cancel all the proposals by the Vap because he left out his trusted criminals like Ntambo, nkaka, chimwendo, chiponda
Chakwera his formwd criminal cartels in government which are being coordinated by Nkaka.

Genghis Khan
18 days ago

Are these “experts” really offering insightful political analysis or actually pontificating and offering free advice to MCP? Ayayayaya!

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
18 days ago
Reply to  Genghis Khan

Kkkkkkkk good question indeed

Hazmat
Hazmat
18 days ago

Ndepoti ndipachibale. Ayi zili bwino

Mbujengwe
Mbujengwe
19 days ago

Ma coloured aku Lower Shire akuyetsa kuti kuwina ku Nsanje
nde kuti afikapo. Wait!

Aganize
Aganize
18 days ago
Reply to  Mbujengwe

Kuwina during kuwina basi. Make ku opposition strong hold and disliking DPP giants. Kadeti kulira

Mwanama
Mwanama
18 days ago
Reply to  Mbujengwe

First rally of Kumuzu in Chikwawa was at this guys grandfather. Karim senior was indeed the the vice of the coloured community in Malawi supporting Kamuzu in fight for Independence. The coloured community chair ‘ Mr .K.Sulti while accompanied Kamuzu to Lanceseiter house went on to become the first speak of parliament of Malawi. Sometimes learn not be a racist. You look like a demented person

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