The charm of Mtambo: Can ‘commander-in-chief’ unite Malawians?

Timothy Pagonachi Mtambo is, with each passing day, becoming a public figure of reckon, a youthful and energetic mobiliser, a charmer whom the nation, from Nsanje to Chitipa, is listening to.

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Fearless and forthright, firm but kind, Mtambo is choosing his words carefully and every time he storms an area, regardless of region and tribe, there is always a whirlwind.

In a nation paralyzed by tribal, regional and religious politicking, this youthful northerner appears poised to put Malawi first, a far cry that many yearn to experience.

Comrade Mtambo is going places—even the scariest Ndirandes of this world, speaking hope and unity, and his message is sinking so dearly in the hearts of most Malawians.

As Atupele Muluzi is busy adding value to the President Mutharika’s candidacy, MCP still a Central Region party, DPP stuck in the Lhomwe bedroom, it is without mention that  self-styled ‘commander-in-chief’ of the marginalised Mtambo has found a silver lining in these divisions and what’s hopeful is that Malawians are listening to him.

For somebody who made a name as a civil rights activist, his shift to mainstream politics shook the hearts of many. Some argued he had taken a wrong turn.

In his explanation, Mtambo was forthright. He argued, rightly so, that, as a civil society activist, he achieved immensely in initiating political change that Malawians need. What remained, he reasoned, was a political solution—which, to him, meant going on political frontlines, championing regime change.

In his political wisdom, if wisdom, Mtambo feels DPP is, currently, Malawi’s number malaise and the nation can’t progress with President Peter Mutharika’s continued grip on power. For Malawi to rise, Mtambo reasons, DPP must fall.

In his pursuit of this goal, Mtambo has clearly endorsed Tonse Alliance, arguing it’s the only best direction the country should take if change is the agenda.

Mtambo, of course, is entitled to his political opinion. He may be right; he may be misplaced. However, what we can hardly take away from him is the appeal he has brought into this campaign.

He is not holding typical Njamba or Masintha or Katoto type of large turn-out mass rallies. He is going where people are—in Ndirande, in Ntandire, in Zolozolo; and he is speaking with them, hearing their pain and, with no word minced, directing them against re-electing DPP.

His approach is quite modern because it’s grassroots-driven. Locals are able to see him part of them; they are able to appreciate that he appreciates them—this is a cracker and Mtambo needs a pat on his back.

With days passing and June 23 on the corner, Mtambo remains the man to watch, especially as he dips himself in DPP’s hardcore Llomwe backyard. Perhaps, yes just perhaps, Malawi is taking a hopeful turn—just for now.

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Soso
Soso
4 months ago

Mmmmmmm Paja macadet munadzala nsanje. Zia athu zoipa mitima. Mmadana ndi munthu woti wakutilukirani ufiti wanu. Mwatha basi inu yatsala ndi history

Clive
Clive
4 months ago

Commander in chief my foot…just copying from Julius Malema fool! Copy and paste…u are nothing compare with malema fool…create your own

Vince
Vince
4 months ago

Foolish news why generalize not all youths or malawian are happy with that cheapskate, Mtambo. We have been brought down to poverty because of his political right towards mcp.

Wawa
Wawa
4 months ago

Zimuomberani m’manja inuyo. Ine Nop, I don’t care for Bullies. Mtambo has no regard for Human Lives.

Drake
Drake
4 months ago

You have a right to write your feelings, but I dont agree with you about Mtambo and I will never support him. He is a rascal, a brute and a mobster who has Regionalistic beliefs in him. His argument and fight has always been against the Southerners and now has found Partnership in MCP and UTM. His beliefs in same sex marriages and wearing his ancestral bangle, getting his power from visiting his dead rela tives in Chitipa is a signal that this person is a devilish supporter wearing a sheeps skin. Look at all his Demostrations, were ending up… Read more »

Bauleni
4 months ago

Kuwombela mmanja chimfiti

tea grower
tea grower
4 months ago

very true! mcp and utm already have a large supporter base that the dpp has abused for years. now mtambo is only here to add onto that… there elections will be a wipe away of dpp in my hometown thyolo too

Mtondoli Jonazi
4 months ago

People seem to forget that sometimes to get a point across it is necessary to be loud and disruptive. Picture Julius Malema and the EFF in South Africa – they have always been a thorn on the side of the ANC government. Not all their antics work for them, but people listen to them and the government is in turn forced to listen to the EFF (and the masses they represent). Love or hate Timothy Mtambo, people who look at things objectively understand exactly what he is doing. In any liberation war or against injustices there will always be casualties.… Read more »

Mwini muzi.
4 months ago

It appears you are not in Malawi facing the realities on the ground. Take note: many of the vendors whose businesses were destroyed by Mtambo’s unpeaciful demos don’t have time to make any analysis of the root cause. To them, Mtambo’s is an evil and there is no two ways about it. He is not their hero. You are comparing him with Julia’s Malema but the two are incomparable. Malema was a trained politician within the ranks of the ANC and violence is not in his blood. He fights with logical arguments and not by catapults with round bearings or… Read more »

Chamunorwa
Chamunorwa
4 months ago

How much were u paid to write this article. The dude knows f… ..all. apart from grandstanding he knows Jerk. He admires tnose war lords waging war up north adrica.. Thus the title commander. Commander my foot…He must go join Boka Haram if he wants war

Jason Mlowoka
Jason Mlowoka
4 months ago

This naivety kind of reporting is dangerous and uncalled for. By having cheerleaders like the originator of this article leaves quite a lot to desire. Politics in Malawi doesn’t have any meaning if what Mtambo has done and is doing to the country is praiseworthy. By instigating hate messages in his meetings he only compounds the already volatile situation on the political landscape. So far Mtambo and his cohorts have not mentioned how they intend to manage affairs in Malawi let alone preaching their goal explicitly, other than removing DPP; after that what next? Surprisingly, they are crisscrossing the length… Read more »

The Dangerous Protocol.
The Dangerous Protocol.
4 months ago
Reply to  Jason Mlowoka

Bodzatu ili,mukuchita kuchita nalo manyazi,by taking this big space,it is a sign that you were trying to create a zone that should accommodate you. Zako izo. Tinse Alliance is here!

Mask
Mask
4 months ago

kkkkkkkkk freedom of speech ija ndiye iyitu kkkkkkkkk

LONE RANGER
LONE RANGER
4 months ago
Reply to  Jason Mlowoka

Chizungucho ndye mumatha. Clearly you are not tired of this regime and you are spitting blue all over. Koma tilibe nawe ntchito change is here.

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