Minister Mtambo faulted for appointing ‘cadet’ as personal assistant

The Minister of Civic Education and National Unity,  Timothy Mtambo, has been criticised  by some people including members of his Citizens for Transformation political movement on appointing a one-time firebrand Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) operative Lyson Sibande, as his personal assistant.

Minister Mtambo has picked ‘Cadet’ Sibande as PA

In his posts on the social media prior to the commencement and during the Presidential Elections Case, Sibande mocked and ridiculed the then opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera and his UTM counterpart, Saulos Chilima, for what he described as ‘some signs of desperation’ for seeking justice in the flawed May 21 2019 presidential election.

On 25 May 2019, Sibande challenged that Chilima would get no more than 500, 000 if Malawians were to vote again.

“That I can guarantee. Chilima never knows what’s good for him. He has very poor political judgment and so are his advisors and his followers,” he ranted.

And in his post for January 28 2020, the fanatic Facebook user stated: “Some people still ask me if I still by my previous position about the outcome of the election case at the Constitutional Court. Let me say it strongly that my prediction remains the same. There will not be nullification of results and please, keep this screenshot and do me the favour of showing me after the Court’s ruling is made. Let me also remind us to keep and protect property and lives”.

In an another text posted on Facebook on March 24 2020, Sibande branded Chakwera, Chilima and Mtambo (then in the Human Rights Defenders Coalition) as ‘desperate politicians’ for calling on people working for the private sector and civil service to boycott work to force the former Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign.

He challenged that the action the opposition had taken was a non-starter.

Imeneyo mwafoyila. You mean all those parties in the opposition alliance had no one to think straight kuti imeneyo njosagwira? Don’t act too desperate please!” he said.

On November 8 2019, Sibande challenged that the ConCourt would never nullify the election.

“Let me say what I told you. Sadly, there will never be a rerun no matter what. Don’t get to excited and too expectant. Where there is no excitement and expectations, there are neither disappointments nor heartaches. Remember to take a screenshot,” he said.

But it would appear Sibande read the situation and made a calculated move immediately after the Courts had annulled the election.

He quickly moved out of the DPP and endeared himself with the Citizens For Transformation (CFT) where its Commander-In-Chief Mtambo spotted him.

Mtambo has gone further to reward Sibande with a personal assistant  position.

Young people  on the CFT and Tonse Alliance WhatsApp forums have reacted angrily to the appointment of Sibande, with others warning Mtambo that he risks suffering ‘the worst betrayal in the hands of this Judas Iscariot’.

Sibande’s appointment has also left one of the editors at Times Media Group, Madalitso Musa, with more questions than answers.

Musa says his heart bleeds to hear that Mtambo has appointed Sibande as his personal assistant.

“This Lyson Sibande guy has been an irritating DPP cadet all along. He resisted regime change with religious blindness, regimental brain and attacked those on the other side of the political divide with calculated effrontery. He is a man who proudly and arrogantly defended the corrupt, murderous and heartless DPP regime. And to hear that he has been made personal assistant to Comrade Timothy Pagonachi Mtambo, my heart bleeds. Gutted,” laments Musa.

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Nyirenda Tobious
Nyirenda Tobious
8 months ago

Fellows; I know it’s democracy but don’t mistake democracy with stupidity… Taking Sibande in and giving him position is like fooling all Tonse alliance supporters

Ndata Boy
8 months ago

Don’t burn that bridge behind you, you might want to cross it some day. a Sibande si awa lero he wants to cross the very same bridge he burnt. see….. he can’t cross it was burnt long time. just move on Sibande you have no room in Tonse gvt, your own writings are hauting you today. Ukayenda osasiya mlomo, siya phazi……….

Maimane
Maimane
8 months ago

Thats democracy

Nedi K
Nedi K
8 months ago
Reply to  Maimane

Political prostitution. Opportunism.. Selfishness on the part of Sibande. Insensitivity and incalculative on the part of Comrade.
Tell Sibande that you can’t eat a cake and keep it at the same time. Must learn to be integral and own mistakes. I have seen his letter to Comrade. He should not even be at CFT. So, democracy is not stupidity.

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
8 months ago

I wonder why u keep on saying mtambo has done wrongly to appoint him hence his ministerial is based on unification of the country. Those cadets are they not Malawians? What does the word UNITY means? Think before you comment please. He is doing that according to his ministry.

Joe
Joe
8 months ago
Reply to  Malawi walero

All is needed here is to forgive ( ministry of Civic education and national unity) but not forgetting. We can forgive Lyson Sibande for being such a staunch Cadet but we will never forget his deeds and seeds he planted in young Malawians. For me he is an asshole. Period!!!!

monosile
monosile
8 months ago

Ndi atumbuka okhaokha awa wakwithu syndrome nepotisim @ its best.

Songo
Songo
8 months ago
Reply to  monosile

Lyson is not a tumbuka neither is Mtambo. The only common thing is that they come from the same region which is part of Malawi.

Mphatso M
Mphatso M
8 months ago

To my observation, Minister Timothy Mtambo has made a remarkable move to hire Mr. Sibande. After all Mr. Sibande’s prophesies, predictions, anticipations and dreams did not come to pass, and that all the people he was defaming, have excelled and are now in power. This is the work of God. Mr.Sibande is being given a chance to learn one thing or another, repent and to humble himself. This lesson is being taught to a lot of people in Malawi right now. For instance, MBC personnel who were cursing Dr. Chilima, ridiculing him left,right and centre are on their knees beginning… Read more »

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
8 months ago
Reply to  Mphatso M

Confidence ya cadet ili ngati hule, they never imagined, even to the least DPP can lose elections, including their theiving president. It ca9as a shock. As we say akumwa ma antidepressants pano.

One Malawi One Nation
8 months ago

Mtambo spare us the pain. Cadets have no room in the new malawi. They plundered and made malawi poorer. Silently remove him from the office. He castigated Chakwera and Chilima. Very rude person. He fought against the revolution. Mtambo listen to Malawians.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
8 months ago

Big mistake Mtambo, in politics Leopards remain Leopards even if they change political mountain. Why settling for a seasoned Cadet?

Mwini muzi
8 months ago

First and foremost, Mtambo is Minister responsible for uniting Malawians hence his call for truth and reconciliation. He has shown maturity in desregarding about ills of the past in his quest to bring the reconciliation he is calling for. Remember also that even Chilima urged people to forget about the past at the time when his party joined with MCP and it’s partners to form Tonse alliance. He said so because he realised that many of his initial supporters were ex DPP who foul mouthed MCP. Today, such people like Kaliati are cabinet ministers. Please, don’t let your hearts bleed,… Read more »

Isaac Mbewe
Isaac Mbewe
8 months ago

Uyuyu sanamenye nawo nkhondo, he should not be part of Tonse Alliance government. Period. Timothy Mtambo we respect you so much coz of the role you played in regime change, get a real comrade to be your personal assistant.

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