2024-06-14

Hard Talk Interview:  Twinkspurge Jones Gadama

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In today’s interview I will be asking many questions. Some may be of a personal or intimate nature. I encourage you to be open and honest when answering questions. If you forget to tell me something today, you can always contact me. We can always set up another conversation.

*Q-* Do people know you very well in your constituency?
*A-* Yes, I am a well-known figure in my constituency and have been actively involved in community projects and advocacy work.

*Q-* Walk me through your resume
*A-* My resume includes a background in journalism, where I have worked for several years covering important issues and holding those in power accountable. I have a passion for serving my community and making a positive impact.

*Q-* How did you hear about this position?
*A-* I heard about the position in Parliament through my involvement in local politics and my desire to create change at a higher level.

*Q-* Why do you want to become a member of Parliament?
*A-* I want to become a member of Parliament because I believe I have the skills, experience, and dedication needed to represent the people of my constituency effectively and bring about positive change.

*Q-* Why should people vote for you?
*A-* People should vote for me because I am committed to transparency, accountability, and working tirelessly to address the needs of our community.

*Q-* What can you bring to the constituency?
*A-* I can bring a fresh perspective, strong leadership skills, and a determination to advocate for the concerns of my constituents in Parliament.

*Q-* What are your greatest strengths?
*A-* My strengths include strong communication skills, my ability to think critically, and my dedication to serving others.

*Q-* What do you consider to be your weaknesses?
*A-* I believe one of my weaknesses is sometimes being too detail-oriented and getting caught up in the minutiae of a situation.

*Q-* What is your greatest professional achievement as a journalist?
*A-* As a journalist, my greatest professional achievement was uncovering a corruption scandal that led to the resignation of a high-ranking government official.

*Q-* Tell me about a challenge or conflict you’ve faced as a journalist, and how you dealt with it.
*A-* One challenge I faced as a journalist was dealing with pressure from powerful individuals attempting to suppress my reporting, but I persevered by staying true to my principles and seeking support from my colleagues.

*Q-* Tell me about a time you demonstrated leadership skills.
*A-* I have demonstrated leadership skills by organizing community events, leading advocacy campaigns, and motivating others to take action.

*Q-* What’s a time you disagreed with a decision that was made at work?
*A-* There have been times where I have disagreed with editorial decisions at work, but I have always approached these situations professionally and worked to find a compromise.

*Q-* Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
*A-* Everyone makes mistakes, and I have learned valuable lessons from my errors in judgment as a journalist, such as not fact-checking thoroughly enough before publication.

*Q-* Tell me about a time you failed.
*A-* Failure is a part of growth, and I have experienced setbacks in my career that have taught me resilience, adaptability, and the importance of learning from mistakes.

*Q-* Why are you leaving journalism?
*A-* I am leaving journalism to pursue a career in politics because I believe I can create a larger impact and effect meaningful change in the lives of the people I seek to represent.

*Q-* Have you been fired from employment before or not?
*A-* I have never been fired from a job before and have always maintained a strong work ethic and commitment to my responsibilities.

*Q-* Can you explain why you changed career path if you ever did?
*A-* I believe that changing career paths is a natural progression in one’s professional journey, and I am excited for the new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in my political career.

*Q-* What is it that you have to make you campaign and win elections in 2025?
*A-* I am confident in my ability to campaign vigorously and win in the upcoming elections, and I have the support of my community and dedicated team behind me.

*Q-* Are you a serious candidate who can be taken seriously in this campaign you have started?
*A-* I am a serious candidate who is committed to serving the people of my constituency with integrity, transparency, and a strong work ethic.

*Q-* What do you like about your job as a journalist?
*A-* I enjoy the dynamic nature of journalism but dislike the constraints of deadlines and the constant pressure to meet publishing requirements.

*Q-* What are you looking for in a new position of politics?
*A-* In a new position of politics, I am looking for the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of the people I represent and advocate for positive change in our community.

*Q-* What type of work environment do you prefer?
*A-* I prefer a work environment that is collaborative, open-minded, and focused on serving the needs of the constituents.

*Q-* What’s your work style?
*A-* My work style is focused, driven, and detail-oriented, with a commitment to achieving results and making a meaningful impact.

*Q-* What’s your management style?
*A-* My management style is inclusive, empowering, and focused on fostering a positive team dynamic to achieve common goals.

*Q-* How would your boss and coworkers describe you where you currently work?
*A-* My boss and coworkers would describe me as dedicated, hard-working, and a team player who is always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.

*Q-* How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?
*A-* I deal with pressure by staying organized, prioritizing tasks, and seeking support from my team. I am also proactive in managing stress through exercise, relaxation techniques, and seeking balance in my personal and professional life.

*Q-* What do you like to do outside of work?
*A-* Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, practicing yoga, and volunteering in my community to give back.

*Q-* How do you stay organized?
*A-* I stay organized by using a combination of digital tools, calendars, and to-do lists to ensure that I stay on top of my responsibilities and prioritize tasks effectively.

*Q-* How do you prioritize your work?
*A-* I prioritize my work based on urgency, impact, and alignment with my goals and values, ensuring that I focus on what matters most and where I can make the most difference.

*Q-* What are you passionate about?
*A-* I am passionate about social justice, equality, and creating a better future for the next generation through advocacy, activism, and policy change.

*Q-* What motivates you?
*A-* I am motivated by a deep sense of purpose, a desire to create positive change in the world, and a commitment to serving others.

*Q-* How do you like to be managed?
*A-* I prefer to be managed in a supportive, empowering, and collaborative way that allows me to thrive, grow, and contribute meaningfully to the team and organization.

*Q-* Do you consider yourself successful?
*A-* I consider myself successful in my career as a journalist, but I believe that success is an ongoing journey of growth, learning, and making a positive impact in the world.

*Q-* Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
*A-* In five years, I see myself serving as a respected and effective member of Parliament, making a meaningful impact on the lives of my constituents and creating positive change in our community.

*Q-* How do you plan to achieve your political career goals?
*A-* I plan to achieve my political career goals through dedication, hard work, collaboration, and a commitment to serving the needs of the people I represent with integrity and transparency.

*Q-* What are your aspirations in politics?
*A-* My aspirations in politics are to advocate for social justice, equality, and good governance, to create policies that benefit the most vulnerable in society, and to be a voice for those who are marginalized and disenfranchised.

*Q-* What’s your dream in politics?
*A-* My dream in politics is to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and succeed, regardless of background or circumstance.

*Q-* What makes you unique?
*A-* What makes me unique is my combination of journalism skills, advocacy experience, and commitment to public service, which I believe can make me an effective and impactful member of Parliament.

*Q-* What should I know that’s not on your resume?
*A-* One thing that’s not on my resume is my passion for community organizing and grassroots activism, which has been a driving force in my career and my commitment to creating positive change.

*Q-* What would your first few months look like in Parliament should you win?
*A-* In Parliament, my first few months would be focused on listening to the needs and concerns of my constituents, building relationships with colleagues, and advocating for policies that benefit the people I represent.

*Q-* What are your expectations from your constituency?
*A-* I expect my constituency to hold me accountable, support my efforts to create positive change, and collaborate with me to address the challenges we face together.

*Q-* What do you think could done better or differently in your constituency?
*A-* I believe that there is always room for improvement and innovation in any constituency, and I am committed to working with the community to identify areas for growth and development.

*Q-* Are you ready to serve your constituency?
*A-* I am ready and willing to serve my constituency with dedication, integrity, and a commitment to creating positive change for the people I represent.

*Q-* Are you willing to transform your constituency?
*A-* I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to transform my constituency, improve the lives of its residents, and create a better future for all who live there.

*Q-* Have you ever taken alcohol?
*A-* I have taken alcohol in social settings but do not indulge excessively or irresponsibly.

*Q-* Have you ever shot a gun?
*A-* I have never shot a gun and do not support the use of firearms as a means of conflict resolution.

*Q-* What’s your furniture food?
*A-* My favourite food is traditional Malawian nsima with fish and vegetables, as it reminds me of home and brings me comfort.

*Q-* Do you listen to music?
*A-* I do enjoy listening to music, particularly local Malawian artists who promote social justice, unity, and cultural pride.

*Q-* What is your favourite music or musician?
*A-* My favourite singing group is *The Lilongwe Chronicles Band* alias in *TCL* led by *Chuma Anzathu Magulu* as their music is uplifting, inspirational, and reflects the spirit and resilience of the Malawian people.

*Q-* Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
*A-* To know more about me, I would like to emphasize my commitment to transparency, accountability, and integrity in all that I do, both personally and professionally.

*Q-* Do you have any questions for us?
*A-* As for any questions I have for you, I would like to know more about the issues and concerns facing the community you represent and how you plan to address them if elected to Parliament.

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