New Sports Minister is volleyball player

Ulemu Msungama

Newly-appointed minister of youth and sports, Ulemu Msungama has disclosed that he is a volleyball player and has passion for the different kinds of sports including football and basketball.

The 38 year-old was appointed by president Lazarus Chakwera in his cabinet lost released on Wednesday, and has replaced Francis Phiso from  the previous Peter Mutharika government.

Speaking with MIJ FM on Wednesday night, Msungama, said he expects to do more for the youth as it has been his main desire to see the young people excel in life.

Msungama
Msungama being sworn-in as MP

Malawians should expect more. I can’t promise much at the moment, but I just know that I am capable of delivering since I have grown up with great interest to help in changing the loves of the youth. To achieve this, we need collective effort. I love sports and would like to see things change for the better, and that is why the President and the Vice President trusted me for the task,” he said.

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislature for Lilongwe City South East also disclosed that he is a fan of Silver Strikers on the local scene and Arsenal in the English Premier League.

He said he was raised in Area 23 township in Lilongwe and studied Theology and International Relations.

“I love God and I am a born-again Christian,” he concludes.

As a volleyball player, his falls under the former Health Minister, Jappie Mhango, the Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) president

Mhango, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Member of Parliament will however report to Msungama on volleyball matters as the responsible Sports Minister.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president, Walter Nyamilandu, who is also a DPP fan, will be reporting to Msungama.

Interestingly, during the Fresh Presidential Election, Msungama posted on his Facebook page accusing Nyamilandu of being a failure and attempting to rig votes.

“Walter Nyamilandu mpira unakukanikani pano muli busy kufuna kubera zisankho. Usavutike chilichonse ukupanga tikudziwa [Walter Nyamilandu you failed to develop football and now you are busy trying to rig elections. We are closely following you, don’t bother,” he posted.

Msungama joins the football fraternity at a time when Government promised to construct two stadiums for Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets.

For several years, Government has allocated money for construction of Mzuzu Youth Centre, but to no avail.