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AN ODE TO JESSIE KABWIRA: THE BEST IN 4-WORLDS (ACTIVIST,POLITICIAN,ACADEMICIAN AND KHALIDWE)

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Written by Samuel Samson

Last Sunday the MCP spokesperson was featured on Zodiak’s Tiuzeni Zoona programme. As usual, she hit the DPP government and as she always claims, reminded the listeners that DPP stole the victory from her MCP.

I have always thought that Jessie is a grieving party spokesperson who has failed to accept her party’s loss to my mighty DPP last year. And that wherever she goes she displays anger and hostility to subconsciously release her concealed emotions.

But the President’s Monday trip to Khombedza in Salima has offered me a chance to reconsider my position. Jessie, the academician/activist-turned politician is a Malawian woman first.

You must have seen her clad in that well fitting long dress prior to HE’s arrival at the function courtesy of the social media. But if you did not see that picture, the trending one in which she almost kneels while respectfully bowing to the father of the nation can not escape the eyes of any social network follower.

When I saw it, I must admit I was instantly dazzled. I found myself asking ‘Is this Jessie?’. And that is exactly how most of the people must have thought and asked judging from the public response.

May be because we are always in the campaign mood despite elections being over three years ahead. One envoy recently displayed dismay over our politicking as if following into Bakili Muluzi’s famous ‘ndale samadya’ quote! But nothing just stops us. That is us, Malawians.

Well, what I have noted is that Jessie does her work very well. When she wants to be the activist she does it as a good one. When she wants to be the spokesperson of the main opposition, she does it very well. And when she goes home to Khombedza, she remembers that she is hosting the country’s head of state and does her act to perfection too!

I admit Jessie gives us a run for our money when she wants to spin for her MCP but that is what she was employed for. So politics aside, coming from the mothers’ day celebrations, allow me to thank Jessie for representing the women folk well when you hosted the President. Happy belated mothers’ day dear Jessie.

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