Manganya says most presidential candidates ‘unskilled’ to run Malawi

As the country prepares for its first ever tripartite elections in May, renowned Malawian funnyman, Micheal Usi, aka Manganya, has described most of the aspiring presidential candidates “unskilful” to manage the affairs of the country.

Manganya was speaking Sunday at COMESA Hall in Blantyre during a special  interdenominational sermon titled, Ubatizowu Ngwatonse [The baptism is for all]  conducted to “deliver Malawi.”

“Most of the presidential candidates for the coming elections don’t have the skills and knowledge on how to manage the country and we have to vote wisely in order to build a good future for the country,” Manganya told hundreds of people who thronged the venue.

While advising the in-coming Head of State (May 2014) to take the presidency as a God’s mission and not a job. The pint-sized comedian also bashed the country’s presidents for being big-headed and “arrogant” when they are in power.

Manganya: Offer tips to candidates
Manganya: Offer tips to candidates

“My message to the new president is that he should take the presidency as God’s mission and not a job for the betterment of the Malawi nation,” he advised.

“Our presidents are arrogant when they are in power… and l decided to send this message to the new president who is coming in May 2014,” added Manganya, who answers to the position of Deputy Country Director for ADRA Malawi when he is not wearing the entertainment hat.

During his sermon, Manganya also attacked Malawian politicians for self-worshiping whenever they do something to the needy people.

“The problem with most of our politicians is self-worship. For instance, they give a poor woman a dress and they ask for a photograph with the person to show people that they give,” observed Manganya, a comedian.

Without specifically mentioning any leader, Usi challenged Malawians to question the rationale of leaders that spend millions just to donate a single antelope to a poor villager and then demand a photo shoot.

The open-door prayers, which was spiced up by Mlaka Maliro and the Womba Lipenga gospel singers, was titled Ubatizowu ndi wa tonse [the baptism is for all], and based on Jeremiah 17 verse 11 which reads.

The verse reads: “The person who gets money dishonestly is like a bird that hatches eggs it didn’t lay. In the prime of life he will lose his riches, and in the end he is nothing but a fool.”

Veteran actor Frank Patani Mwase said after the performance it did not matter whether what the actor put up was a theatre piece or a sermon.

“Drama can take many forms and styles. Usi could have been using one of those forms but that is not the issue. What matters is whether the message was relevant or not,” he said.

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