Manganya, Mlaka set for ‘comedy’ on governance in Lilongwe

Comedian Michael Usi, popularly known as Manganya, will on Sunday, 6 April 2014 deliver a lecture at Cross Roads Hotel in Lilongwe the root of the political and economic woes plaguing Malawians almost 50 years after independence.

Usi told Nyasa Times that bad governance is one of the major causes of the hardships Malawians are facing. And its scope stretches from colonial times to present day multiparty dispensation.

The actor-cum-playwright said his sermon which has been titled, “Good Governance” will be free of charge and that musician Mlaka Maliro will spice the big event with a performance.

Manganya: Its free
Manganya: Its free

The event which will start at 1:30 will also be covered live on Zodiak Broadcasting Services.

“The main objective is for Malawians to reflect what they have gained and lost since Independence. Let me put it straight forward here that l am not targeting any politician. I will articulate issues that face Malawians in a constructive manner,” said Usi.

He emphasized that the lecturing is so friendly to politicians and Malawians but reminded the nation that he will only proclaim the truth “without fear or favour.”

Said Usi: “Since Malawi got independent in 1964 and what do we have in our hands that we can show the World of being dependence.”

Usi said he will be objective and not favour any political party.

“This is a campaign period and let the politicians battle it out among themselves. I will not utter any word that is generally meant to discredit the sitting President nor will l drum up support for the opposition. I am looking at issues affecting my country,” he said.

This is the second lecturing for Usi after the first one in January which took place at Comes hall in Blantyre.

During the Blantyre lecturing, which attracted thousands of people, Usi pointed out a number of issues like urging Malawians to vote wisely during the tripartite elections slated for May 20.

This is not the first time the comedian has gone political.

In 201l, he earned rave reviews for Loto la Farao—a scathing satire on the late president Bingu wa Mutharika’s repressive economic and political leadership.

Despite the apparent political thrust, Usi sanitised the 2011 play as a call on all leaders in families, churches and elected positions never to always take for granted views of the lowly, for the Bible shows Pharaoh entrusted his slave Joseph to interpret his dream of pending drought.

The Tikuferanji said he is a “patriot who will never compromise his principles where many are suffering”.

According to Usi,  Malawi is trapped in the vicious cycle of poverty because of bad governance.

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