Usi equates attackers of persons with albinism to terrorists: UTM’s running mate rated highly in newspaper online survey

UTM Party presidential running mate Dr Michael Usi decried the resurgence of attacks and killings of persons with albinism in the country as a form of “terrorism”.

Usi: Impresses in the running mates debate

During the political debate held in Lilongwe on Thursday evening, Usi expressed dismay over inaction as persons living with albinism in Malawi are being tormented, hunted down like wild animals, killed, disembowelled, decapitated, and delimbed.

The other running mates who took part in a live television debate organised by private broadcaster Zodiak, who include Sidik Mia of Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Jerry Jana of People’s Party and Frank Mwenifumbo of United Democratic Front (UDF) faulted the current DPP government for not doing enough to arrest the problem.

Usi in his contribution said the albino situation is dire and needs urgent State intervention.

“Albion killers are same as terrorist and have to be treated with heavy hand,” said Usi.

“If a minister’s child was abducted – not even killed – there could be effective action [from law enforcers],” he said, rebuking a supposedly relaxed approach but government to deal with the attacks.

Mia, in his contribution, dismissed government’s decision to purchase alarms for people with albinism (PWAS) to sue when under attack which was announced by President Peter Mutharika last week.

However, Mia contradicted his party president Lazarus Chakwera who made a similar suggestion as part of providing security for PWAs.

Even Association for Persons with Albinism (Apam) also listed personal alarms as part of the solution for the problem.

But Mia said alarms would only compromise the PWAs.  This prompted the maverick moderator Frank Joab Chakhaza to ask a follow up question on the same.

On his part, Mwenifumbo suggested that security agencies such as police and the Malawi Defence Force should lead the investigations.

Meanwhile, Nation Publications Limited has said its poll run on its Facbeook page between 9:30pm and 10pm on Thursday rated highly UTM running mate Usi’s performance.

The publication said it run the online survey to gauge perceptions of people on the clarity of the running mates in articulating issues during the debate.

The polls results as published by The Nation newspaper, out of 470 votes, Usi got 207, representing 42 percent of the votes cast. Mia was the runner-up with 177 votes, representing 36 percent, Mwenifumbo was third with 83 votes whereas Jana was fourth with 23 votes.

During the debate, Usi surprised many with his seriousness. Most people thought he would bring his dramatic persona “Manganya” to the debate.

But he did not. Instead he showed maturity and courage to tackle questions and provide a UTM vision.

He faulted politicians for being dishonest. Usi said that they are good at making promises but fail to deliver.

Usi promised that UTM would deliver because their leadership is new and different from the previous politicians – and it represents transformational team.

Among other things, the running mates discussed the economy, education, security of people with albinism, women and youth empowerment.

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BigMan
BigMan
2 years ago

We tried you for 31 years and all you delivered was murder, torture, blood and darkness. You spent time forcing people to buy cards, farming crocodiles to literally feed on your political opponents, banning free press, even banning bell bottoms and curly hair for goodness sake! I say never again. MCP destroyed this country and sent us on the disastrous course that this country has always been on since independence. What new things are you offering the nation? Sidik Mia?

Patrick
2 years ago
Reply to  BigMan

BigMan,khululukani chonde you are opening old wounds for some of us.They were even forcing our wives kugula nsalu za chipani olo alibe bulangete,the beatings by MYP,Youth league,forcing our women to dance,party cards by force.Dzaleka prisoner abuses,the list is too long.Ingokhululukani BigMan

CITIZEN
CITIZEN
2 years ago

THESE ARE JUST NOICE MAKERS ….
VERY SOON THE DAY IS COMING WHERE USI AND CHILIMA WILL BE BAPTISTISED AND FROM THEN ON, THEY WILL KNOW THEIR ACTIAL SIZES

..MCP IS THE ONLY HOPE LEFT FOR MALAWIANS..

BigMan
BigMan
2 years ago
Reply to  CITIZEN

We tried you for 31 years and all you delivered was murder, torture, blood and darkness. You spent time forcing people to buy cards, farming crocodiles to literally feed on your political opponents, banning free press, even banning bell bottoms and curly hair for goodness sake! I say never again. MCP destroyed this country and sent us on the disastrous course that this country has always been on since independence. What new things are you offering the nation? Sidik Mia?

kachepakamwana
kachepakamwana
2 years ago

I think it is very clear to see why we fail to make meaningful progress as a country. If that joke of debate is being hailed as a forum were issues and solutions were articulated with clarity, I am very frightened for our country. Our policy documents suffer from this same problem: skirting around issues and lack of actionable plans!

Mphamvu
Mphamvu
2 years ago

That does not really mean he did well. It’s a bias that most of the people who participated in survey were his supporters. In all fairness, Mia and Mwenifumbo did very well compared to Usi. These two gentlemen were articulative in their responses. The problem of being too critical like Usi is that as a leader you end up doing nothing because you fear other critics—- it’s being caught in a trap of wanting public approval to have been right…but then as a reader you ought to be decisive.

namatetule
2 years ago

Osati Manganya koma bambo a Sikono. He is a joke

tman
2 years ago

lest to say this does not translate winning an election,woke up bambo asikono. come to nsanje and help the needy ,do you know floods are in Nsanje as you hold your debate,Subject,albinos,kkkkkkkkk Bambo a Sikono,rated number 1.Eeeeeeeish!

Dolo
Dolo
2 years ago

But why chimulirenji chose to abscond the debate? Tell us what u want to deliver once voted into power??

Kaguta
Kaguta
2 years ago

No surprise that Usi was ahead in the online polls. That’s what UTM knows best, social media noise.

Truthfully speaking though Mwenefumbo and Mia carried the day. They were very knowledgeable andlooked ready to govern and articulated issues very well

kgosi
2 years ago
Reply to  Kaguta

very true

Independent
Independent
2 years ago

The genuine results are as follows
1. Mwenifumbo
2. Jana
3. Mia
4. Usi

Thyolo Thava boy
2 years ago

Bravo Dr Usi mumatiimilira

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