Transformation Alliance (TA), a political pressure group, is holding its first national conference in August and has invited Julius Malema a well -known politician in South Africa, a firebrand agitator who is revered and disliked in equal measure.
TA has also invited Zambia’s leader of United Party (UP), Saviour Chishimba to the conference and that he has already confirmed his attendance.
According to TA spokesmam Leonard Chimbanga, the conference has been slated for August 25 and 26 2017 in Blantyre.
“The venue will be announced in due course,” Chimbanga said.
Chimbanga said Chishimba will make a presentation during the conference.
The Zambian politician is known in Malawi as a whistle blower of a in the controversial maize deal between State grain trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) , Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF), a government agency, and private company Kaloswe Commuter and Courier Ltd.
Former Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Minister Gorge Chaponda is facing corruption charges on the ‘Maizegate’ scanadal.
Meanwhile, interim chairperson of the grouping is Moses Kunkuyu, the first Cabinet minister to be appointed by former president Joyce Banda when she assumed power in April 2012 after the death of president Bingu wa Mutharika, is to travel to South Africa to formally invite Malema to attend the conference.
According to Kunkuyu, his group believes that leaders with a better background and understanding of the country’s political and economic dynamics have the potential to bring about the change Malawians desire.
He said: “Malawians are fed up with costly leaders that assume top public office posts, but are eternally on leadership orientation. Malawi should groom its future leaders beginning now.”
This is not the first time for Kunkuyu to be spearheading a pressure group as in 2011, while serving as a member of Parliament (MP) affiliated to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) under Bingu, he also led Hope Alliance, a pressure group within DPP which later announced its working relationship with Joyce Banda following her coming into power.
Many political parties, including United Democratic Front (UDF), Alliance for Democracy (Aford) and National Democratic Alliance (NDA), started as pressure groups.