Aspirant Malunga withdraws from DPP Primaries in Chikwawa

By Elijah Phompho, MEC Stringer

Former Energy and Mining Minister in late president Bingu Wa Mutharika’s  administration Grain Malunga on Monday pulled out of DPP primary elections contest for Chikwawa North constituency due to disagreements on the legitimate number of delegates to vote.

Malunga who once served as the Member of Parliament for the area between 2009 to 2014 protested over selection of area committee members in Mwamphanzi ward. Malunga requested the presiding officer for the elections to call out names of the delegates for transparent purposes.

However Lomeyo Bwanali who came from the Party’s Secretariat to preside over the elections did not comply to Malunga’s request.

In Ndalanda ward in   the same constituency aspiring Councillor Kondwan Alfazema also pulled out on similar grounds.

During an interview presiding officer for the primaries Lomiyo bwanali said the party will announce the outcome of the primary elections without specifying whether the party shall conduct a re_ run of the election in the Constituency.

Mr Grain Malunga was competing against the youthful and upcoming politician Owen Chomanika

in an interview Chomanika accused Grain Malunga of pulling out of the contest after noting that he was not going to win.

On the other hand Grain Malunga insisted his pulling out meant that the  elections were cancelled in the constituency.

Malunga said he has written the Director of election in the DPP for the constituency to have a re run of the elections.

However efforts to get the party’s stand on the primary elections proved futile as the Director of Elections in the party, Ben Phiri could not be reached on his mobile phones.

Spokesperson for the DPP Nicholas Dausi said  the party is yet to get a report on the primary elections in Chikwawa.

Regional Govonor for the Party Honourable Charles Mchacha also refused to comment on the matter saying the primary elections are being conducted by northern region executive  committee of the DPP and that the southern region committee is overseeing primary elections in the northern region.

The ruling DPP has started conducting primary elections in the lower shire districts of Nsanje and Chikwawa targeting constituencies where the party does not have sitting MPs. These constituencies are Chikwawa North, Chikwawa East and Nsanje Lalanje.

This has raised fears as to whether the party intends to impose candidates in the constituencies where the party has sitting MPs in the lower shire.

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Vera Chilewani Adzaimila MCP Kumpoto Cha Kum’mawa Kwa Blantyre

Chipani cha Kongeresi chasankha Mayi Vera Chilewani kuti adzaimire chipanichi ngati phungu wake m’dela la kumpoto cha kum’mawa kwa boma la Blantyre pa chisankho chomwe chichitike chaka chamawa.
Chikhwimbi cha anthu otsatira chipanichi chawasankha a Chilewani popanda wopikisana naye.
Malinga ndi zomwe wolemba nkhani wathu wapeza, anthu a m’derali ndi wokondwa kuvomereza Mayi Chilewani kuti adzawaimire pa chisankho cha patatu ataona zipatso za utsogoleri zomwe mayiyu ali nazo.
“Ndi Mayi wachikondi komanso wochangalama pogwira ntchito za chitukuko ndipo sitikukaika kuti dela lino lidzatukuka akakhala phungu m’mwezi wathu miyezi ikudzayi,” anafotokoza motero  bambo wina chimwemwe chiri tsaya kusimba za a Chilewani.
“Ifetu tikuchiona chamwayi kukhala ndi munthu wamayi kuti atitsogolere ngati phungu  chifukwa mayi akakhala mtsogoleri makamaka phungu amakhala mlera khungwa,” anatero powonjezera.
M’mawu awo, a Chilewani anati ndi wokondwa kuti anthu m’chipanichi awapatsa mwayi kuti awatsogolere pambuyo powona mwa iwo zipatso zabwino maka pa nkhani za chitukuko.
Mayi Chilewani omwe m’mbuyomu adakhalapo phungu wa m’boma la Nsanje ndi mayi wachiwiri kupambana pa chisankho cha chipulula m’chipani cha Kongeresi m’chigawo cha kum’mwera.
Masiku apitawa, chikhwimbi cha anthu otsatira chipani cha Kongeresi anasankha mkadzi wa wachiwiri kwa mtsogoleri wa chipanichi, Mayi Abida Mia kuti adzaimire chipanichi m’dera la Chikwawa Mkombedzi.
Chimodzimodzi ngati Mayi Chilewani, Mayi Mia adalibe wopikisana nawo.

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Abida Mia charms unopposed in Chikwawa- Nkombedzi MCP Primaries

Written by Leo Mkhuwala
Its now official that the people’s favourite, Abida Sidik Mia will carry the mandate to represent the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in the May 2019 polls as parliamentary candidate for Chikwawa-Nkombedzi Constituency.
Supporters have unanimously vested their hope and trust in the widely acclaimed as “strong woman” at Ngabu Community Ground on Wednesday where she won the primaries unopposed.
Songs of joy, saturated with great anticipation, for a future so bright, filled the air when the aspirant-made- candidate, humbly accepted the peoples’ wish in a rather clear verbatim.
“Whom am I to say no when you have carefully looked all around and visualize there is no-one else but me to take you through to a one great future,” she said with her voice immersed into frantic crescendos.
Deemed as the towering beacon of hope that characterizes incessant development within  and beyond the constituency, Abida used her acceptance speech to promise good tidings for the young and old.
Key among the promises, was the provision of clean water, a thing which is currently a challenge and negatively affecting the woman-folk the most.
She also promised to better the lives of the youth through empowering them with various vocational trainings.
To improve the learning conditions towards achieving quality education,  the people’s darling committed to construct both new and additional school blocks especially in the hard-to-reach places of the constituency.
Vehemently, Mia further promised to ensure that, all people in the area, have access to electricity.
“I will ensure that electricity is no more a luxury which only a few can afford,” she said.
Repeating what she had recently promised during her visit to Ngabu rural hospital, Abida said she would shortly be donating an ambulance that will ease the burden of transport for the sick especially during emergencies.
Regarded as a strong woman by many and a great leadership  inspiration to thousands of fellow women, Abida Mia is an accomplished enterprenuer and the wind beneath the millionaire business magnet cum politician and MCP Vice President, Muhammed Sidik Mia whom she calls husband.

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Mzuzu MP defects to UTM; Alleges unfulfilled development promises

By Patricia Mtungila-MEC Stringer

After months of mounting speculation that he was heading to United Transformation Movement (UTM),  the Mzuzu City Legislator Leonard Njikho  has finally come out in the open to declare that he dumped the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  and joined the  opposition  UTM.

The MP cites the DPP-led Government’s failure to  implement the promised infrastructure developments such as a state-of-the-art youth centre, airport and stadium  in the City of Mzuzu  as his motivation for the decision.

Njikho said this in Mzuzu on Saturday at a rally that he organized under the United Transformation Movement (UTM) at Area 1 B in Luwinga in Mzuzu.

“The purpose of this meeting is to confirm that I have left the DPP.  The DPP is a Party that does not complete development projects here in the North.   I have joined the UTM wholeheartedly and will serve to  grow the UTM ,” said Njikho at the meeting which was attended by about 400 people  from the Area 1 B.Among other developments.

Member of Parliament (MP) alleged that despite the funds for the state-of-the-art Mzuzu youth centre being allocated in the budget every year  since 2014, the  DPP Government  has blocked its construction.

The legislator claims that the construction of the modern youth centre  now remains only a dream  as  no funding allocation has been made for the Project in  the 2018/2019 National Budget.

Njikho joins the long list of MPs from Northern Region who have defected to UTM including; Agness Nyalonje, Olipa Muyaba Chiluba, Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya among others.

 

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Worrisome; Human Rights Watch foresee violents ahead Malawi’s 2019 elections

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned authorities in Malawi that failure to thoroughly investigate and punish perpetrators of violence against human rights defenders and the opposition will ruin the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

In an interview, HRW Southern Africa director Dewa Mavhinga feared that the failure would also lead to more brazen violence, thereby creating animosity in the country.

HRW is among the 14 international organisations that have petitioned Inspector General of Police Rodney Jose, demanding urgent and thorough investigations into attacks and threats against human rights defenders and the opposition in the country.

The October 9 letter comes just a month after United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern over increasing number of such cases in the country.

The groups are coancerned with delays in investigations into the incident at Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) offices in Lilongwe where a security guard was beaten before a futile attempt to petrol-bomb the premises.

They have also queried death threats to Youth and Society executive director Charles Kajoloweka and the torching of a vehicle belonging to opposition legislator Agness Nyalonje of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) in Mangochi.

Said Mavhinga: “We feel that the Malawi Police need to act impartially and professionally to thoroughly investigate all cases of abuses, especially politically motivated violence ahead of elections next year. Failure to act on abuses will likely breed a culture of impunity.”

Earlier, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chief elections officer Sam Alfandika also expressed worry at the recent incidences of politically-motivated violent acts, saying they may paralyse the electoral process.

He said that the electoral body has already started engaging multiparty liaison committees in various districts, but hoped that authorities such as police and councils who are currently managing the space will work to eliminate this vice.

A 2016 study on Electoral Conflict and Violence in Malawi: Patterns, Nature and Mitigation Measures by governance specialist Henry Chingaipe observes that in many cases, perpetrators of violence are neither arrested nor charged, with victims receiving little or no redress.

Mwai Kalua, the MPS Service administrion officer, confirmed receipt of the letter.

MPS national spokesperson James Kadadzera earlier said police were doing everything to contain the situation.

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ACB arrests MCP Parliamentary aspirant for Nsanje North Enock Chizuzu

The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) is keeping in custody Enock Chizuzu who is the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) parliamentary aspirant for Nsanje North.
According to his lawyer, Yasin Domasi of YD Attorneys, the ACB had arrested Chizuzu last Thursday over what the graft busting body claim as “the role he played in facilitating the release of some  Asians arrested in the country.”
He said the ACB accuses Chizuzu of bribing a police officer stationed at Blantyre police.
Domasi revealed that the ACB has kept his client in custody throughout the long weekend until Tuesday when he was scheduled to appear before the Blantyre Magistrates’ Court.
While confirming about the arrest, ACB Public Relations Officer, Egritta Ndala said, she had no full information yet at her disposal because she had not yet gone through the charge shit.
She said her office would soon come up with a public statement on the matter through appropriate channels.
“We will soon release a statement on the matter but if you can’t access it then you can download it from our website,” said Ndala.
There is a growing concern from the opposition MCP that, Chizuzu’s arrest, is politically motivated, bearing in mind the political strength of the MCP in the entire Shire Valley, few months ahead of the 2019 elections.
Such concern has been echoed by Chizuzu’s family,  especially looking at the track record of their relative whom they say “has never ever been involved in such a shady connection of moral turpitude as the ACB alleges.”
On his upright public standing, Chizuzu has a sound legal background.
Currently, the seating MP in the constituency which Chizuzu is aspiring for is First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Esther Mcheka Chilenje.
Apart from being described as a clueless entity, the ACB has previously attracted public criticism over its portray in political witch hunt to serve the interests of the ruling elite.

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MP Ching’oma soundly wins MCP Lilongwe East primaries; As Ching’ani, other four aspirants went into hibernation

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) lawmaker for Lilongwe East Ezekiel Ching’oma on Monday soundly won the constituency primary elections.

The youthful legislator battled out with four aspirants including MCP National Executive Committee (NEC) member Joe Ching’ani, Thunde, Kachere and Eliot Mwala.

During the peaceful elections at Chowo primary school ground, Ching’oma amassed 1169 out of 1177 votes from delegates drawn from five zones.

Ching’ani who got only eight votes, went missing during the elections leaving his supporters ashamed as he did not communicate to them including officials who presided over the elections.

This means that Ching’oma will represent MCP as lawmaker for Lilongwe East in the next year’s general elections.

Presiding officer Bonex Malunga, MCP Dedza Central East Parliamentarian lauded the constituents for the peace primaries urging other remaining areas to emulate on what transpired.

“This is the most peaceful and transparent primary elections the party has held so far. The both aspirants and constituents understood regulations of the elections.

“The incumbent lawmaker Ching’oma made the day. This means he is torch bearer for the party in 2019 general elections. Unfortunately, other aspirants failed to inform us as to why they didn’t show up despite that they were with us during delegates verification exercise,” said Malunga.

Ching’oma who had solidarity walk of about 10 kms from elections venue to his parent home for celebration, owed the victory to the constituents.

The legislator who is also MCP deputy Publicity Secretary attributed the sounding victory various development projects initiated the area since 2009.

He therefore assured the constituents for continual of projects including new school blocks, water facilities, bridges and among others.

“The victory testifies the trust and love people of home have on me. I have been brought up hear. So, am close with them  while these aspirants are strangers who only come to  this area during elections.

“This is the reasons they even fail to show up during the elections. Be assured therefore that will defeat them during general elections if they choose to stand as independent lawmakers,” assured Ching’oma.

The party is expect to wrap up its primaries in the next two months as some constituencies were suspended to later dates.

 

 

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Culture hindering 50:50 campaign in Lower Shire

Elijah Phompho,  MEC Stringer

Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and other stake holders implementing  the 50:50 campaign projects aimed at ensuring that  women get more seats  in the upcoming elections in Chikwawa and Nsanje have sighted cultural values as one of the factors that have been preventing women to take up leadership positions in the district.

Executive Director for Youth Coalition for the Consolidation of Democracy (YCD), Francis Folly whose  organisation is  implementing 50:50 campaign in the District of Nsanje  said in an interview that the two lower shire districts of Nsanje and Chikwawa shares patrilineal cultural norms which encourage women to be subordinate  to men and that  they should not aspire leadership positions.

Folly said,” In Chikwawa and Nsanje districts women have been considered as being inferior to men and have not been allowed to be on top of men and as a result only few women have risen to become MPs in these two districts since the dawn of multiparty Democracy.

Folly added that his organization with funding from Royal Nowaigian Embassy through 50:50 management Agency is sensitising local chiefs and religious leaders to civic educate their subjects that women can equally make good leaders.

Folly also said that they are encouraging local leaders to discourage male candidates using violent language against women inorder  to decampaign them

On his part Paramount Chief Lundu of Chikwawa could not be drawn to comment on how cultural believes are preventing women in the district to aspire leadership positions.The Paramount Chief however said a number of female aspirants have shown interest to contest in the forth coming elections.

Currently there is no single female member of Parliament and ward councillor in Chikwawa District which has 6 constituencies and 12 wards.

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Chiefs, MPs boycott Nkhotakota full council meeting citing disrespect from councilors

 

By Juliet Mlowoka Chirwa (MEC STRINGER)

Senior chiefs and some Member of Parliament boycotted council deliberations in Nkhotakota on Friday after council chair refused to incorporate some agendas which the chiefs and MPs felt needed urgent attention.

The chiefs namely Traditional Authority Mphonde, Kalimanjira,  Kanyenda, Senior Chief Mwadzama, Sub T/A Nkhanga and also Member of Parliament for Nkhotakota South East constituency Makowa Mwale, MP for Nkhotakota Central Constituency Peter Mazizi, led by Traditional Authority Mwansambo (T.A)  told reporters that they decided to leave the chamber because they felt disrespected by the councilors who priotised the council elections instead of also giving room for the chamber to discuss the said agendas.

T.A Mwansambo said Nkhotakota district is failing to develop due to some duty bearers such as councilors whose main interest is to make money for their own gain instead of adhering to challenges that people in their areas are facing.

Among others the chiefs and parliamentarians said they wanted the council chair to give them an update on the disappearance of 13 cars belonging to Nkhotakota District Hospital which they say are causing mobility challenges for people seeking medical attention at the facility and also sanitation issues that have emerged at the hospital due to water disconnection.

Taking his turn, Member of Parliament for Nkhotakota central constituency Peter Mazizi added that though the Local Government Act does not allow people to discuss other issues during an elective Full Council Meeting, they thought of doing so since most of these issues are crucial and need urgent attention.

“ each time we ask for a full council meeting, they tell us they do not have money but problems are still pilling up which need immediate attention that’s why we thought of using this platform to try and address them so that people’s lives are saved at the hospital” said Mazizi.

On his part, Acting District Commissioner for Nkhotakota Greystone Alindiamawo said the council is aware of the said issues but cannot comment on them because there are investigations that are currently underway to find out allegations that some council officials misappropriated some funds which resulted in the district Commissioner Felix Mkandawire to be on suspension.

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Chiefs, MPs boycott Nkhotakota full council meeting citing disrespect from councilors

 

By Juliet Mlowoka Chirwa (MEC STRINGER)

Senior chiefs and some Member of Parliament boycotted council deliberations in Nkhotakota on Friday after council chair refused to incorporate some agendas which the chiefs and MPs felt needed urgent attention.

The chiefs namely Traditional Authority Mphonde, Kalimanjira,  Kanyenda, Senior Chief Mwadzama, Sub T/A Nkhanga and also Member of Parliament for Nkhotakota South East constituency Makowa Mwale, MP for Nkhotakota Central Constituency Peter Mazizi, led by Traditional Authority Mwansambo (T.A)  told reporters that they decided to leave the chamber because they felt disrespected by the councilors who priotised the council elections instead of also giving room for the chamber to discuss the said agendas.

T.A Mwansambo said Nkhotakota district is failing to develop due to some duty bearers such as councilors whose main interest is to make money for their own gain instead of adhering to challenges that people in their areas are facing.

Among others the chiefs and parliamentarians said they wanted the council chair to give them an update on the disappearance of 13 cars belonging to Nkhotakota District Hospital which they say are causing mobility challenges for people seeking medical attention at the facility and also sanitation issues that have emerged at the hospital due to water disconnection.

Taking his turn, Member of Parliament for Nkhotakota central constituency Peter Mazizi added that though the Local Government Act does not allow people to discuss other issues during an elective Full Council Meeting, they thought of doing so since most of these issues are crucial and need urgent attention.

“ each time we ask for a full council meeting, they tell us they do not have money but problems are still pilling up which need immediate attention that’s why we thought of using this platform to try and address them so that people’s lives are saved at the hospital” said Mazizi.

On his part, Acting District Commissioner for Nkhotakota Greystone Alindiamawo said the council is aware of the said issues but cannot comment on them because there are investigations that are currently underway to find out allegations that some council officials misappropriated some funds which resulted in the district Commissioner Felix Mkandawire to be on suspension.

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