Chilima Picks Manganya, Journalist assaulted

Chilima Picks Manganya, Journalist assaulted

By : Kassim Kajosolo and Lovemore Khomo

It came to a surprise to many malawians on Wednesday to hear that UTM leader Saulos Chilima picks Micheal “Manganya” Usi as his runningmate in contesting for 21 May general elections.

But to political analysts and followers, that was no longer a surprise because Usi has been engaged by many parties in the past and bowled down.

In 2014, Micheal Usi was poked by all parties; the Democratic Progressive Party-DPP, Peoples’ Party-PP and Malawi Congress Party to runningmate then candidates, a move which turned down.

The decision to unveil Usi as runningmate come as two days ago UTM failed to named a possible runningmate from PP for unknown reasons, a thing which prompted PP to pull out of a three-day electoral alliance.

Thereafter, on Tuesday PP leader Joyce Banda then went to submit her mominatiom paper with announcement of former ADMARC boss Jerry Jana as runningmate. The PP decision also surprised many as it was an expected development. Though Manganya indicated active politics last year during the launch of UTM.

Now, the ruling DPP is the only big party left to present it nomination papers with no surprise but it might change decision on runningmate following the picks from UTM and PP recently.

Both Manganya and Jana are technocratic individuals who their guts are with the poor people.

However, during UTM leader presentation of papers at Comesa Hall, Malawi Electoral Commission journalist George Banda was assaulted by UTM guards in suspecting him that was from DPP.

In no time, UTM leader Saulos Chilima turned out and apologised for the act, saying it happened unknowingly.

“We have heard of this and as UTM , we condemn this and also we ask the police to do their work.” he said.

Chilima also said the party will write the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi chapter to apologise.

“We will soon write MISA to apologise for the act.” he said.

Chilima was this morning presenting his nomination papers to MEC as a presidential candidate for UTM in this year’s tripartite elections.