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Top comedian sworn in as Malawi’s vice-president

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Top comedian sworn in as Malawi’s vice-president

When Micheal Usi initially announced his political aspirations, many doubted his seriousness due to his reputation as a prankster. However, the top comedian-turned-politician has now been sworn in as Malawi’s vice-president, succeeding Saulos Chilima who tragically passed away in a recent plane crash.

Dr. Usi, known for his role as “Manganya” in popular TV shows, received a mixed reaction from the public upon his appointment. Some questioned his ability to fulfill such a senior role, while others praised President Chakwera for his decision to appoint Chilima’s party deputy.

Despite his acting career and reputation as a trickster, Dr. Usi has a strong background in community development and advocacy. He has worked in various roles at the Adventist Development and Relief Agency and holds a PhD in youth development from the UK.

His journey into politics began around seven years ago when he founded the political movement Odya zake alibe Mulandu, which later became a part of the UTM party led by Chilima. After the nullification of the 2019 elections, he joined forces with Chilima and Chakwera, eventually becoming the minister of natural resources before his appointment as vice-president.

While his inauguration was marked by division within the UTM party, Dr. Usi acknowledged the need to unite and honor the legacy of Chilima. He expressed a commitment to bring the party together and continue the work of his predecessor in connecting with the people, especially the youth.

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