Kamanga narrates his political journey as he rejoins front line politics
As the time is moving closer to next elections in the country, the arena has received one Jonathan Kamanga.
Kamanga based in South Africa, seems to be familiar with the family he is joining having indicated that joining active politics is a come back.
The recruit says that he was born a politician and and he will also die a politician.
In an exclusive interview with Malawi News Hub, Kamanga expressed that the status of being an active politician began when he was born though many know him as an active politician only from few years ago.
Kamanga narrates his political journey started from some years back.
My journey properly dates back in 2010 when the then Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika turned his back on innocent Malawians that every citizen was very concerned with what was happening. Mutharika, who was nicknamed “Mose wa lero” (new Moses) come to be new Goliath.
I wouldn’t sit back and watch the country melting on fire. Then, I was working hand in hand with a social network group called Malawi Freedom Network (MFN), a brain child of Suleman Chitera and Chisomo Njewa.
Many people joined the movement which was the most feared social media movement then.
“If you were part of it, you were being screened on every post you make. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) machinery was watching everyone in that group”, recalls Kamanga.
“Our sole goal was to liberate our nation, and set free our people from the atrocities they were facing under the leadership of Bingu wa Mutharika, a leader we all once loved.
“Sooner that later, the unfortunate happened that Mutharika was no more.
“Of course that was not the way we wanted to liberate our people, we wanted Mutharika to be removed from office and see why he has being fought against.
“DPP tried to hide his death, but one way or the other, you can’t hide a dead body, you will need people to dig the grave”, explains Kamanga.
The political journey turned to another chapter.
The then expelled (from the party DPP) Vice President Joyce Banda (JB) was in line to succeed Mutharika. It was a dream come true for many though DPP tried to block her.
“Banda became the President. Many members of MFN and I flocked to Peoples Party (PP).
It was a move I don’t regret. JB was a good leader but like Julius Malema once said, “anyone can be the President, but you ought to side yourself with the best team”, JB never sided herself with the best team. It was a team of opportunist.
As PP member, I remember very well what was happening within the party. My influence was much based in diaspora, Peoples Party South African Wing (PP SA WING).
I worked with a lot of intelligent guys with a goal to help the party to do well.
As time goes by, I was elected as the wing’s publicity secretary, the position I never wanted, but the whole team unanimously agree that they wanted me to be their publicity secretary.
PP SA WING worked hand in hand with the party.
It was a sad thing that the party lost the elections after failing to listen to us. There were things which we could see that they were strategically. All PP advisors were just opportunists.
As a wing, we believed that all citizens of Malawi must be treated equally regardless where they are.
That’s why we made a request to the Malawian government to make provisions for Malawians in Diaspora to be able to vote.
But the idea was turned down on grounds that there was only a year left before elections and that donors had already made the budget.
But since the 2014 loss, the wing never regrouped to follow up on the idea of Malawians voting in diaspora.
I was with the party for a year after the loss. In June 2015, I sensed leadership vacuum, and I couldn’t see PP going forward. I told myself that its time to retire from active politics.
Since then, I have never been active when it comes to political thoughts. Some comrades have been asking me as to why I am so silent.
Now its been 2 years. The come back is eminent. I have been silent long enough.
Malawi News Hub understands that Kamanga has shown intereat in contesting on parliamentary seat in Mzimba Central constituency the constituency current ly occupied by Henry Shaba an independent.
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