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Malawian actor Manganya launches political play 'Moto wa Chilendo'

Michael Usi aka ManganyaMZUZU--Celebrated Malawian actor and comedian Michael Usi aka Manganya bounces back onto the stage Sunday at Robins Park in Malawi's commercial city of Blantyre to unveil his latest play Moto wa Chilendo.

The play comes two years after his last one Maloto a Farao which got him trouble with authorities for its criticism of Pres Bingu wa Mutharika's style of leadership.

Inspired by the biblical story of Aaron's children who were struck by a strange fire - a symbol for God's wrath - because they couldn't wait for the promised flame from above, Usi's Moto wa Chilendo ploughs through political and economic woes torturing Malawians almost five decades after independence.

"This is a political play. Its temperature is political. Its objective is political-acloser look at national development and how we can help improve people's wellbeing," he said.

"All is set for the launch of Moto Wachilendo at Robin’s on Sunday. I encourage people to come...if they want to get a clear picture of the depth and ending of the play."

The play features both budding and seasoned actors including Pamajiga performer Nanyoni (Enifa Chiwaya), former Wakhumbata Ensemble Theatre’s Jeremiah Mwaungulu, Kwathu Drama Group’s Fiddes Kumwembe, Wanna Do’s Gif Namachekecha, Nginde comedian Frank Yalu, Seasons of A Life film aces Flora Suya and Tapiwa Gwaza, and Chindendelinde singer Mafumu Matiki.

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